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The Bonneville name first appeared in 1954 on a pair of bubble-topped GM Motorama concept cars called the Bonneville Special. It entered the production lineup as a high-performance, fuel-injected luxury convertible within the Star Chief line in the 1957 model year and was loaded with every conceivable option as standard equipment with the exception of optional air conditioning. This put the Bonneville in a Cadillac-like price range of $5,000 - more than double the base price of a Chieftain four-door sedan. A fully equipped Bonneville could cost more than a Cadillac. Only 630 units were produced that first year, making it one of the most collectible Pontiacs of all time. The following year it would become its own separate model, and it would endure until 2005 as the division's top-of-the-line model. The name was taken from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the site of much early auto racing and most of the world's land speed record runs, which was named in turn after U.S. Army officer Benjamin Bonneville.
The Bonneville remained as Pontiac's costliest and most luxurious model throughout the 1960s and was instrumental in pushing Pontiac to third place in sales from 1962 to 1970.
The Bonneville differed from its lesser Catalina and Star Chief counterparts by featuring more luxurious interior trim with upgraded cloth and Morrokide vinyl or expanded Morrokide upholstery in sedans and coupes, expanded Morrokide in Safari wagons or genuine leather seating in convertibles. Bonnevilles (with the exception of Bonneville Safari Station wagons) were also (along with Star Chiefs) built on a longer wheelbase version of GM's B-Body. Also found in the Bonneville were instrument panels and door panels with walnut veneer trim, carpeted lower door panels, grab bar on passenger side of dash and courtesy lights and rear arm rest.
This exceptional example has been treeated to a no expense spared ground up restoraticn. It is collector owned and driven only on nice sunny summer days. Originally from Southern California this car was used in the Rose Bowl Parade early in its life hauling such luminaries as Bob Hope through the parade. The car feautures:
4 Full 8-lug wheels (Extra set included)
Power Windows, Steering, Brakes, Seat, Top
Factory Cruise Control (Rare)
Auto Dimmer Electric Antenna, Vacuum operated trunk release,
Tri Power + 4 BBL & Manifold (Extra)
Full Leather Interior.
If you have been looking for a Top Flite Bonneville Convertible with all the bells and whistles, Nice history and provenance, and a stunning period color scheme look no further!