If you would like to ask any questions or inspect the car, please do so before bidding. All engines were again 389 cu in (6.4 L) V8s as in previous years, now called "Trophy" engines. There were only 1292 of these wagons produced in 1957 the last year for this 2 door Nomad type body, and very few have survived making these cars quite rare. I feel that m... Pontiac really understood how to bring performance and luxury in equal measures. Previously, the 428 block was bored 0.030 over and refitted with a 0.010/0.010 cut and polished stock crank, reworked stock rods, and 0.030-over replacement TRW pistons and rings. Inside, a revised instrument panel featured a new horizontal sweep speedometer along with minor changes in trim patterns. As you may have guessed, Scott, a 33-year-old autobody technician from Fenton, Missouri, has a soft spot for '68 GTOs and station wagons.
The Catalina's success in the low-medium priced field led many competitors to respond with similar products such as the 1961 Chrysler Newport, a less-expensive Chrysler that was priced lower than base models bearing the Chrysler nameplate in recent previous years; and the 1962 Dodge Custom 880 and 1963 Mercury Monterey, both of which were introduced as full-fledged low-medium priced full-sized cars in size and power that followed unsuccessful efforts by Mercury and Dodge to bring out downsized full-sized cars. Pontiac catalogue ---->> 1965-1968 Pontiac Full-Size 8th generation (Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, Executive, Bonneville) catalogue ---->> The following versions and sub-models of Pontiac Executive Station Wagon were available in 1968: 1968 Pontiac Executive Safari Station Wagon 400 V-8 2-bbl regular Hydra … Some sun fading on back panels and seats. Engine offerings were revised as the 333 hp (248 kW) and 348 hp (260 kW) versions of the 389 V8 were dropped in favor of "production" versions of the larger 421 cu in (6.9 L) rated at 338 horsepower (252 kW) with four-barrel carburetor, 353 hp (263 kW) with Tri-Power, or a 370 hp (280 kW) "HO" with Tri-Power . Rare!
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Optional engines included a four-barrel 400 rated at 325 horsepower (242 kW), a four-barrel 428 rated at 360 horsepower (270 kW) or the four-barrel 428 HO rated at 376 horsepower (280 kW). Keywords: street rod, rat rod, ratrod, survivor, hot rod, hotrod, Griswald family truckster, 2020 Topclassiccarsforsale.com - Classic cars for sale. Overall, the body was in very good condition, however.
Available as a no-cost option with the Hydramatic transmission was the 215-horsepower 389 (dubbed the Economy V8) with 8.6 to 1 compression ratio which burned cheaper regular gasoline, instead of the premium and super-premium fuels required for the high-compression engines, and capable of achieving more than 20 MPG on the highway. Optional engines include a four-barrel 389 rated at 325 horsepower (242 kW) with Turbo Hydramatic or 333 with stick shift, a Tri-Power 389 rated at 338 horsepower, a four-barrel 421 rated at the same 338 horsepower (252 kW), 353 hp with Tri-Power or the 421 HO with Tri-Power and 376 horsepower (280 kW). In theory, passengers could enjoy fresh air even when the car was moving slowly or stopped, as in heavy traffic. The ventilation system was extensively revised for 1972. Contrary to what this car may tell you, Pontiac never built a GTO as a station wagon. Optional engines included a 230 hp (172 kW) 400 four-barrel and 250 hp (186 kW) 455 four-barrel V8. The wagons also shared the same full-coil spring suspension as their sedan counterparts, rather than the multi-leaf springs found on 1971-76 Safaris. Oldsmobile went even further by creating a whole new full-sized series, the Jetstar 88, which was $75 lower than the Dynamic 88 series (but still a few dollars higher than comparable Pontiac Catalina models) and also got a smaller engine - a 330 cu in (5.4 L) V8 and two-speed automatic transmission from the intermediate F-85/Cutlass line, along with smaller 9.5 in (240 mm) brake drums (also from the GM intermediates) compared to the 11–12 in (280–300 mm) drums still found on all other GM full-sized cars from the bare-bones six-cylinder Chevrolet Biscayne to the Cadillac 75 limousine. Power front disc brakes were made standard equipment for the first time in 1971.
All Pontiacs were powered by various renditions of the new 389 cubic-inch Tempest V8 (which was later renamed from 1961 as the Trophy V-8), which was basically a version of the previous 370 cubic-inch V8 with stroke increased to 3.75 inches (the 370ci was used in 1958-model Pontiacs and based on the Pontiac V8 design introduced in 1955). The exterior is finished in a Mayfair Maize Pearl finish. Looking under the GTO hood, Scott decided that Pontiac should have built a '68 GTO wagon with a 428 engine instead of a 400. We put new coil springs and high performance shocks on the front and rear. rather than "Tempest" (including the larger 421ci "big bore" engine). The advantage this fixed-roof design offered is its sporty, airy feeling without the expense and drawbacks normally associated with convertibles. Catalina sedans and coupes now came standard with a smaller 255-horsepower 350 cubic-inch Pontiac V8 as standard equipment with optional engines including the previously standard 400 two-barrel rated at 265 and 290 horsepower (still standard on convertibles and Safari wagons), a 330-horsepower 400 four-barrel and a two versions of the new 455 cubic-inch V8 rated at 360 horsepower (270 kW) or 370 horses with the "HO" option. With the exception of the 1958 Bonneville, all Pontiac hardtops are designated "Catalinas" from 1950 to 1958. This black beauty stands out in more ways than one. With the lights remaining at the extremities, this gave the split center, open ended look of the '59 Catalina. The same assortment of 400 and 455 engines carried over from 1974 with reduced horsepower ratings ranging from 170 to 200, but now mated to catalytic converters, which provided improved driveability and fuel economy over previous emission control equipment, but mandated the use of unleaded gasoline.  A padded safety dash became available in 1956. The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 5.8 litre capacity.
Introduced in the last six months of the ... $38,500 (OBO) CC-1305381 . The Solar Red 428-powered machine was first spied by yours truly at the GTOAA drag race. Four-door pillared and hardtop sedans featured new six-window styling with the sixth window on the hardtop sedan functioning as an opera window. Treated to a comprehensive restoration, this 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 exemplifies the full-size performance car genre, and it is one of only 8815 Specia... Are you ready to cruise? Unauthorised republishing prohibited. Rooflines are more squared off on four-door models with the six-window styling dropped on pillared sedans and wider C-pillars with flat rear windows on four-door hardtops. Catalina Brougham models and Safari wagons came standard with a 400 cubic-inch V8 with two-barrel carburetor rated at 265 gross horsepower that was optional on other Catalina models. Initially, the name was used strictly to denote hardtop body styles, first appearing in the 1950 Chieftain Eight and DeLuxe Eight lines.
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Safety continued to be key in 1968 with new fender side-marker lights becoming standard. The four-door pillared and hardtop sedans were virtually unchanged from 1973. So, if you’re interested in getting from 0-60 with a … And when Chevrolet rolled out its topline Caprice model in mid-1965 to compete with Ford's newly introduced upscale Ford LTD, GM of Canada introduced the "Grande Parisienne" trim series for the 1966 model year. Late in the 1961 sales season the 421 cu in (6.9 L) Super Duty was released for sale as a dealer installed engine. I thought they were cool, but I was into '68 GTOs and had never seen a '68 GTO wagon up to that point. Year 1957.
Originally, a 421 4 speed w/Tri-Power now has a Pontiac 428 block, balanced and blueprinted roll... 1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible great original shape. Then I started to see a few Chevelle SS and Cutlass 442 wagons in the '90s. Pontiacs also benefited from a much better automatic transmission than their Chevrolet counterparts - the four-speed Hydra-Matic - versus the Chevy's two-speed Powerglide. 1946 Willys CJ2A Jeep Runs and drives good vintage cj flathead, 1954 Willys cj3b Coupe Black 4WD Automatic, 1951 Willys Custom built 4 Wheel drive Pickup. But if they had, it might look something like this 1968 Tempest. 1976 also marked the return of the Bonneville Brougham series to the top of the full-size line, as Pontiac marketers abandoned the Grand Ville name entirely.
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