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Segment: Coupe

It was born before the muscle-car era began and was available as a coupe and a convertible.

It was a blue-collar hero of affordable speed within GM.

The space-age design era was already there, and the American car designers tried hard to put rocket-like taillights and big (bigger) fins at the back of the car. While doing this, the engineers tried harder to make the cars lighter, and, somehow, the Bonneville Coupe was the winner in its class. And it held its hero-car status until the mid-'60s.

Pontiac introduced the Bonneville as a sport-coupe vehicle in its lineup, and that's why the designers tried to make the car look sleeker than its predecessor. They imagined straight lines that stretched along with the bodywork and a tilted-forward design for the greenhouse. At the front, the double-rounded headlights were separated by a wide, pined-out, chromed grille. The sculptured side panels featured chromed slats emphasizing the sporty look of the car.

Inside, Pontiac made a long list of standard features and even a longer one for the options. It included a three-speed automatic gearbox, an air-conditioning system, and even bucket-seats instead of the front occupants' standard bench. A wood-trim on the dash and door-panels gave the idea of a luxury vehicle, while the leather-wrapped seats were available as an option.

Under the hood, Pontiac installed a 6.4-liter V8 available in two power options, depending on the carburetor system. The wide-track design gave the car an edge over its competitors in the handling department. Moreover, an LSD differential was available on the options list.

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PONTIAC Bonneville 1959 - 1960
  2 gasoline engines
  • 6.4 V8 3MT (260 HP)
  • 6.4 V8 4AT (300 HP)
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PONTIAC Bonneville Brochure

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.4 V8 3MT (260 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.4 V8 3MT (260 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6375 cm3
Power
193.9 KW @ - RPM
263.6 HP @ - RPM
260 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
220.7 in (5606 mm)
Width
80.7 in (2050 mm)
Wheelbase
124 in (3150 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4085 lbs (1853 kg)

PONTIAC Bonneville 6.4 V8 4AT (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.4 V8 4AT (300 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6375 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
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
220.7 in (5606 mm)
Width
80.7 in (2050 mm)
Wheelbase
124 in (3150 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4085 lbs (1853 kg)
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