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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

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.