Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe
Despite its 1963 withdrawal from racing, Pontiac adopted a two-pronged performance-car strategy for 1964 with the GTO and the Catalina-based 2+2. More correctly described as a trial introduction, the 2+2 was Pontiac’s first complete full-size performance option and sold 7,998 units in 1964. Pontiac management was sufficiently encouraged to continue it for 1965.
The lengthened 1965 2+2 sported more aggressive styling and handsome “Coke bottle”-inspired lines. A 389 V8 was standard, while three optional 421s ranged from a four-barrel, 338 hp unit to a pair of Tri-Power engines with 356 and 376 hp. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, and a Muncie four-speed and the all-new Turbo Hydra-Matic were optional. Vertical louvers and “2+2” badges adorned the exterior, while bucket seats and heavy-duty underpinnings rounded out the well-integrated package, resulting in one of the best-performing full-size cars ever produced. Brutal acceleration, responsive handling and aggressive marketing drove 2+2 sales to 11,521 units for 1965.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
376 hp, 421 cu. in. V8 engine, three Rochester two-barrel carburetors, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with trailing arms and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121".
Source: RM Auctions
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