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 Coronado Red with white hood and tri-color red 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.

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Conv - rear

Check out that trunk lid - there's 40 cubic feet of space under there

Inside there is a contrasting red interior with red vinyl door panels and seats.

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible Interior

All-vinyl, tri-color interior

And here is the instrument panel / dash.

1960 Pontiac Bonnevile Dash

Instrument panel

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 has been fitted with a 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 and tri power system (3 x 2 barrel carburetors).

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 equipped with optional power steering ($108), power brakes ($43) and AM radio ($89). It was built in the Pontiac, MI assembly plant.

This Pontiac is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

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