1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Here’s a great example of both power and style in the form of a 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible in a factory color of Shelltone Ivory with white top and Harbor Blue interior.

Pontiacs were family cars offering a little more luxury than its Chevrolet sibling. Bonneville was Pontiac’s top of the line car so you know it was something a little bit special. 

1959 saw the introduction of Pontiac’s Wide-Track – adding five inches to the distance between the wheels on each axle and therefore giving more stability on the road.  This was its second incarnation and was much of the focus of their marketing campaign.

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible - side view
Long and sleek design

The second generation Bonneville was introduced in 1959 and lasted two years. 1959 was a roaring success with it’s split grille design.  You’d perhaps expect Pontiac to keep with this winning formula. However, changes were already planned and 1960 saw a lot of revisions and it became a one year only body style.

The result was actually a much cleaner look and the split grille was gone. Well, until the following year when the grille was brought back and became a Pontiac signature look right through the sixties.

Pontiac used “Air Foil” styling for 1960 with narrow, horizontal bars for the grille, small round taillamps housed in long tubes that ran down the rear fenders, and the large deck lid was almost flush with the top of the fenders.

The Bonneville “Flair” included features such as: dual ash trays, clock, courtesy lamps, padded cushion handrail assist, custom steering wheel (with clear upper section) and four distinctive long chrome mouldings along the rear quarters.

rear / trunk shot of a 60 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible with the top up.
Check out that trunk lid – there’s 40 cubic feet of space under there

Inside there is a beautifully contrasting Tutone Harbor Blue interior with blue vinyl door panels and seats.

Blue Tutone vinyl interior

The standard engine for Pontiac cars in 1960 was a 389 cubic inch Tempest V8. It produced 281 horsepower with the standard 2 barrel carburetor configuration. This car however was ordered with tri-power option (3 x 2 barrel carburetors) delivering another 34 horsepower which, with the Hydra-matic automatic transmission this car is also equipped with, cost an additional $320.

60 Pontiac 389 V8 with Tri-power option
389 V8 with tri-power

The Bonneville was up against cars like Mercury’s Park Lane, Dodge Polara and DeSoto.

Pontiac produced 17,062 Bonneville convertibles for the 1960 model year at a base price of $3,478. This car is also has optional power steering ($108), power brakes ($43), AM radio ($89) and powered front bench seat ($97). It was built in the Kansas City assembly plant.

This ’60 Bonneville is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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