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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.

1961 Pontiac Tempest

1961 Tempest
1961 Tempest

Based on a unit-body Chassis of 112 inch wheelbase shared with other GM compacts, the Tempest broke with engineering traditions with a four-cylinder engine, curved, torsion bare driveshaft and independent rear suspension differential transmission combination know as trans-axle. Vibration , the past enemy of four cylinder engines, was kept to a minimum by the extra-sturdy block and crankcase of the of the big four cylinder, and was isolated from the body by widely rubber mountings, The new engine developed 110 horsepower with the Manual transmission, 130 with the automatic.

1961 Pontiac

1961 Pontiac
1961 Pontiac

The Senior Pontiac’s came with a wider frame to match their wide track and new bodies in 1961. They were well known for legroom front and back with the larger box frame. Wheelbase became 119 and 123 inches, the basic engine remained the big 389-cubic-inch displacement V-8 putting out 215 horsepower.

 

1967 Pontiac Grand Prix

The 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix line includes 350hp convertible. The Headlights were hidden behind doors in the grill, turn signals were set in slots, and wipers were recessed. Standard safety features were dual brakes.

1967 Pontiac Grand Prix
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix