Pontiac Catalina Convertible
Today, it comes as no surprise that Pontiac rose to prominence as America’s third-ranking automaker, holding that position for eight straight years from 1962 through 1969 – a time when Pontiac excitement was heightened by incredibly successful marketing efforts led by Jim Wangers.
The Catalina was a perfect case in point. With it, Pontiac created an automobile specifically targeted to buyers who required usable passenger accommodations yet still wanted superior driving dynamics and cutting-edge styling. The 1962 Catalina was exactly that and featured a newly designed grille and understated side spears. This marked a considerable cosmetic improvement over the previous model.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
267 bhp at 3,600 rpm, 389 cu. in. V-8 engine with two four-barrel carburetors, four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119"
Source: RM Auctions
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