1962 Pontiac Catalina

This is no ordinary 1962 Pontiac Catalina hardtop. However, the only external clue that there maybe something a bit more special about this car is the eight lug wheels (a rare and desirable option in itself).

The Catalina was Pontiac's base model, a full-size car with a 12 inch wheelbase.

It's a cool looking car that had a multi-plane rooftop that emulated the lines of a convertible - a feature unique to the Sport Coupes.

1962 Pontiac Catalina

Revised front for 1962

Under the hood we have a 389 cubic inch Tri-Power V8. The factory spec tells us this produces 318 horsepower (standard V8 produced 215 hp). This is paired with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and the combination would have cost the original owner a further $405.

1962 Pontiac 421 cubic inch Super-Duty V8

421 cubic inch Super-Duty V8

Catalina sported a new, V-shaped grille for '62 and new rear end styling with curved taillamps. 

1962 Pontiac Catalina Rear

Rear end

Standard Catalina features for 1962 include; electric wipers, dual visors, foot-operated parking brake, automatic interior lighting, dual armrests front and rear, cigarette lighter and ash trays, cushioned instrument panel, individually controlled air vents, full carpeting, crank operated ventipanes.

While Pontiac had discontinued the Ventura the previous year, they did offer a Ventura Custom trim package, a deluxe option only available for the Catalina hardtop models. Featured on this car it was a $118 option. 

1962 Pontiac Catalina Interior

Ventura custom interior

Pontiac built a total of 46,024 Catalina two-door hardtops for the 1962 model year at a base price of $2,860.  In addition to the drive train and interior options mentioned above, the original owner would have also paid $122 for the Aluminum eight-lugs and $89 for an AM radio. Power steering and power brakes would have cost $108 and $43 respectively.

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

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