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1960 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Convertible
389 cid, V-8, 281 bhp

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As was the trend in the 1950’s and 1960’s, automotive styling changes from year to year were dramatic; as expected, Pontiac had a new look for 1960. Changes included a V-shaped grille, rocket-inspired tail lights, full-length side trim, a trunk level with the rear fenders, vast glass area, and a sporty interior. The instrument panel changed from a circular to an oblong design, although the secondary gauges, fuel, amps, temp and oil pressure retained the circular pattern. Pontiac offered four series, which included: the Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, and the luxurious Bonneville. Vast arrays of body styles were available, from two- and four-door sedans and hardtops and the convertible and station wagon. The Safari wagons were four doors with a third seat facing the rear to accommodate 9 passengers. The Amblewagon was a standard Pontiac wagon converted by the Automotive Conversion Corporation It was used as a professional car, and was also used by fire departments as an alternative to a fully-equipped ambulance. Sales for 1960 approached nearly 400,000. Pontiac was becoming synonymous with power; the 389 cid engine introduced in 1959 now carried a hp rating of 215-318 dictated by carburetion and series assignment. A total of seven national stock car races were won by Pontiac, including four NASCAR Grand Nationals. Highlights:
  • Bonneville was top of the line for 1960, replacing the Star Chief
  • Many said the redesigned Bonneville was “Big, smooth, and impressive”
  • Second year of Pontiac’s “Wide-Track” look
  • Price new: $3,175
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