Car Catcher: There’s Room for the Whole Family in This Pontiac

If you love classics but have a few kids that do as well, this 1961 Pontiac Bonneville Safari might just fit the bill. Our own Edsel Villager project proved to be a hit, so we figure there are a few readers who might like what this Pontiac has to offer: room and power. The 389 Tri-Power Pontiac is being offered without reserve and will sell at Mecum's Las Vegas show October 10-12. 

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stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
10/2/19 9:31 p.m.

Very nice.  It's a well optioned car - air conditioning and power seats were uncommon, especially in a wagon.  It's been upgraded from a generator to an alternator. Not sure why the engine is painted black, though - Pontiac engines were sort of a blue/turquoise color in 1961.  If I wanted to get real picky the individual air cleaners and the carburetor fuel lines are incorrect as well.  smiley

I have a 1961 Bonneville two door hardtop with tripower and a four speed.  At one point I was intent on collecting all available styles of 1961 Bonnevilles, and had a convertible and a four door hardtop so the only one I was missing was the Safari wagon.  Never found one that met my requirements for what I wanted to pay, though, and eventually sold off the convertible and four door.  The other problem was owning three of them at a time took up a lot of garage space as it was, so adding a fourth would have required an expansion. 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc SuperDork
10/2/19 10:36 p.m.

Us old guys love our wagons. 

In fact, I have this image of the aforementioned Edsel that I took at the Rolex last winter.

There's a 65 tripower four speed Pontiac wagon that's driven regularly here in DeLand. Last time I saw it, the owner had it at Lowe's on a hardware and lumber run.

Tberg New Reader
10/6/19 11:59 p.m.

My dad's first station wagon was a '59 Pontiac Catalina that was green with a white top.  It was very stylish, and we kids, loved sleeping in the back compartment on long trips. This car being featured brings back some fond memories.


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