1962 Pontiac Bonneville Vista Hardtop

1962 was a great year for Pontiac. They were third place in vehicle production of all the USA manufacturers - a position they would remain in right through to 1970. Their own production was up over 53% compared with the 1961 model year. Their "Wide-Track" cars were proving popular!

There's only 27,000 miles on the odometer of this 1962 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door Vista Hardtop and, considering the condition looks like it has been pampered all its life, the signs are that this is the actual miles it has covered since it was built in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant all those years ago.

Chrome side spear moldings run the full length of the car. These contain ribbing in the concave portion. The taillights were all-new for '62, curving upward in a crescent shape.

1962 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door Vista Hardtop

Rear view

There is BONNEVILLE block lettering on the front fenders and under the deck lid at the rear, making it easy to identify.

1962 Pontiac Bonneville

Side view

The Aquamarine Metallic paint on the outside is perfectly complimented with the turquoise interior with tri-tone Jeweltone Morrokide seats. There a walnut panel that runs the full length of the instrument panel and the door panels are carpeted at the base. It was much more luxurious than the Catalina and Star Chief beneath it in the Pontiac line-up.

1962 Pontiac Bonneville Interior

Interior

Power comes from a 389 cubic inch Trophy V8 engine putting out 303 horsepower. This is paired with a (new and improved) Hyda-Matic automatic transmission - a $231 option when the car was originally ordered.

Pontiac made 44,015 Bonneville 4-door Vista cars for the 1962 model year at a base price of $3,425. Options other than the Hydra-Matic mentioned above include: Power steering ($108), power brakes ($43) and air conditioning ($430).

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

Recommended Reading

Pontiac's Greatest Decade 1959-1969

Pontiac's Greatest Decade 1959-1969 by Paul Zazarine

Covering the 'Wide-Track' era when Pontiac jumped from the middle of the pack to the number 3 spot just behind Chevrolet and Ford.

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