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1961 Pontiac had a “NEW” Shape

1961 Pontiac Shadow-box grillework
1961 Pontiac Shadow-box grillework

The “senior” Pontiac’s had restyled bodies, but managed to retain a distinct “Pontiac” flavor. All models were shortened by four inches and narrowed by 21/2 inches, wheelbases got cut from 122 to 119 on the Catalina, and Ventura series, Star Chiefs and Bonnevilles were 123 inches down from 124.

1961 Pontiac Knife-edged roof line
1961 Pontiac Knife-edged roof line

Widening the frame dropped the floors for a better seat height and two inches more headroom, also a two-section driveshaft with double centre universal joint reduced the tunnel height inside.  They installed a new front suspension, rear coil spring suspension with four rubber-bushed links.