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Segment: Coupe

The Bonneville nameplate appeared on the Star Chief lineup as a trim level, but in 1958 Pontiac introduced it as a separate, personal luxury coupe model.

Born in the times of the Space Race between the U.S. and Soviet Union, Bonneville featured plenty of rocket-inspired elements. Pontiac also put more chrome on that car than other carmakers placed on their entire range. It was built to celebrate both the GM's 50th anniversary and the retirement of the designer Harley Earl from the company.

The striking '50s styling showed a dual headlamps system for the headlights. They were placed above the vast, side-to-side, chromed grille. At the lower side, a shiny bumper adorned with oval-shaped parking lights completed the imposing presence of Bonneville. On top of the front fenders, the carmaker placed rocket-inspired decorations and, from the sides, Pontiac used the same theme to enhance the car's profile. The long coupe sported a small ground clearance for its times. In the back, the double round red taillights resembled the same rocket-inspired theme for the coupe.

Pontiac installed a luxurious interior with silver sparkles embedded in the floor carpets. At the front, there was a wide bench where three people could sit comfortably, maybe just touching their elbows. In the back, the Bonneville featured another three-person bench, with a unique feature for the middle seat. When it was not used, the middle section could have been popped up and used as an armrest.

Under the hood, Pontiac installed a single V-8 engine but offered six power outputs ranging between 255 hp to 355 hp for the Tri-Power option (triple two-barrel carburetors). Most Bonnevilles came with a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic, though a small number had a 3-speed manual.

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PONTIAC Bonneville 1958 - 1958
  6 gasoline engines
  • 6.0 V8 2AT (255 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 2AT (300 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 2AT (310 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 3MT (255 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 3MT (300 HP)
  • 6.0 V8 3MT (310 HP)
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PONTIAC Bonneville Brochure

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 2AT (255 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 2AT (255 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
167.8 KW @ - RPM
228.1 HP @ - RPM
225 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
2-speed automatic (Super Hydra-Matic)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 2AT (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 2AT (300 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
223.7 KW @ - RPM
304.2 HP @ - RPM
300 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
2-speed automatic (Super Hydra-Matic)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 2AT (310 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 2AT (310 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
231.2 KW @ - RPM
314.3 HP @ - RPM
310 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
2-speed automatic (Super Hydra-Matic)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 3MT (255 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 3MT (255 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
167.8 KW @ - RPM
228.1 HP @ - RPM
225 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 3MT (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 3MT (300 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
223.7 KW @ - RPM
304.2 HP @ - RPM
300 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.0 V8 3MT (310 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0 V8 3MT (310 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6063 cm3
Power
231.2 KW @ - RPM
314.3 HP @ - RPM
310 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
8.00x14
DIMENSIONS
Length
211 in (5359 mm)
Width
77.4 in (1966 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.8/59.4 in (1,494/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
122 in (3099 mm)
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