Pontiac – Full size over the years

September 6, 2013 Production


Welcome to the PONTIAC HEAVEN ID Guide!

Full size Pontiac  “B” body 1955-81, includes GP through ’68

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 1955

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Below is the top of the line for ’55 Star Chief with optional bumper guard

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The one that started it all, the first Pontiac V-8  287 cu in!

44 door wagon

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1956

                

                                                                            2 door Safari wagon

                                                                 56 safari LR.jpg (99987 bytes)  56 safari RF.jpg (107744 bytes)

                                      

                                                     4 door wagon

                                                                 56wagon LF.jpg (25136 bytes)  56 wagon RR.jpg (22717 bytes)

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1957

Chieftain sedan

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57 front.jpg (28420 bytes)  57 rear.jpg (23165 bytes)  57 int.jpg (20003 bytes)  57 rr quarter.jpg (25076 bytes)  57 eng.jpg (24163 bytes)

Hard top

                                                                                                            

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1958

Bonneville was offered for the first time as a Hardtop

       

This  Below is the Star Chief in 4 door, wagon and 2 door

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Super Chief int

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Chieftain was the entry level model

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370 engine was offered for this one year only  

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1959

Top of the line Bonneville

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Rear of Star Chief below 

59 star chief rear.jpg (54185 bytes)  

 Catalina below

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1959 389 Tri-Power 3-2 bbl engine

59 tripower.jpg (31779 bytes)   59 tripower 2.jpg (33193 bytes)

This was the first year of the Wide Track and the first year of the divided grilles that would become a Pontiac trademark.  ’59 Safari below

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1960

Catalina 4 door sedan 

    

 

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    SStation wagon “Safari” below

                                          

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1961 

iiio1961 Pontiac-  All models had the same front end

 

         

CCatalina 2 door hard top “Bubble Top”

 

 

 

TVentura Bubbletop

61 bubble 7.jpg (155450 bytes)    61 bubble 5.jpg (186409 bytes)

Bonneville 2 door hard top “Bubbletop”

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The Catalina 2 door sedan, nicknamed “Batwing” (above ) 

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 The Star Chief sedan below 

 

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BBonneville (above) had full length stainless side trim, different fender spears and  longer wheelbase.

   

    

ReaRear views of  ’61 Catalina & Ventura (left), Safari (right) 

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1962

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Above Catalina hard top in Ensign Blue and Aquamarine with optional Ventura int shown in Aqua and Blue, below Catalina Safari s/w with standard Catalina int (wagons had vinyl).   

 

 The Star Chief was priced between the Catalina and the Bonneville below 

    62 star chief seats.jpg (26652 bytes)

Bonneville (below) had full length trim, rear trim panel and had its own grille emblem.

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    11963

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  Base model Catalina (top) had long, thin full length moulding.  Top of the line Bonneville (below) had wider cast trim that ran the first half of the length of the car, full width trim between tail lights and Bonneville emblem in grille, longer wheelbase. Grand Prix (above) had its own grille, tail lights and trim and roof line. 

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 Below, Grand Prix rear

    

Below Safari

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1964

Catalina coupe

 

 

 

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top of the line Bonneville above, Star Chief below

                                                                                        64 Star Cheif ht LF.jpg (35151 bytes)   64 star cheif LR.jpg (32264 bytes)

                                                                                 Grand Prix below for 1964

                                   

                                                                Safari station wagon rear below

                          

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1965

Bonneville

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22+2 below was now its own model with 421 4bbl standard.

  Available in HT (shown) or convertible

         

                             

 

 GP had its own rear roof line, grilles and tail treatment (below)

                                                                      65GranPrix-ext9.jpg (30258 bytes)   65GranPrix-ext4.jpg (24739 bytes)

65 2 plus 2 int.jpg (34450 bytes)    65 bonne int.jpg (56374 bytes)

2+2 interior left and Bonneville right

Below is the base model Catalina with the upgraded Ventura trim package including 2 tone interior

        

 

 

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1966

    

Catalina and Ventura front and rear above. GP front and side below  (GP had its own roof line, back glass and tail lights) 

 

 

This wouThis would be the last year for the Star Chief name.  This year it was call Star Chief Exectutive.  This model was based on the longer wheelbase Bonneville but with less trim and int upgrades.   

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Top of the line Bonneville was available in 2 dr coupe or convertible, 4dr ht or wagon.  Rear (below) shows longer trunk lid, longer wheelbase and wider tail lights

AvAvailable on the Bonneville was the Brougham package with even plusher interior shown below

 

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Performance model 2+2 (below) was available in HT or conv and had 421 4bbl standard and was the only model that featured the “gilles”  in the 1/4s below the 1/4 windows.

 

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1967

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1  This would be the last year for stacked head lamps.  Bonneville (shown above), had “Bonneville” emblem on header panel above grille.  GP different w/ hidden head lamps.   2+2 (below) was offered for the last year as sales were poor, note unique fender “gilles” on 2+2.  Also 428 was standard 

   

                         

 

              

                                                                     

Lowest priced full size Pontiac for ’67 was the Catalina 2 door sedan below

 

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NewNew for ’67 was the Executive.  This was a step down from the Bonneville.  Shown here is the mid priced full sized Executive Safari.  This model had simulated wood side grain standard.  This was optional on Catalina and Bonneville Safari.

 

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1968

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All ’68s had same front end except the Grand Prix, for the first time, shared parking lights with mid size models.  Bonneville tail lights (shown above) were wider than other full size models like the Executive shown below in Meridian Turquoise.

   

Grand Prix rear shown below

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GP for ’68 front/side view shows unique front end, roof line and quarter panel.  Note: This car has been modified with black grilles (silver grilles were original) and does not have the fender skirts that they came with.   

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1969

Catalina, Ventura and Executive below

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Bonneville This was the first year that Bonneville would have its own grille.  A pattern that would continue through the era.

                            

 

Another styling feature change in the Pontiac line up for ’69 was the Bonneville would get its own rear bumper too.  The picture below, while not pretty, clearly shows the differences in rears on full size 69s.  The Bonneville (foreground) has longer lights and Endura insert in bumper.  Catalina, Executive and Ventura had standard bumper with smaller lights.  Note:  Even the deck lid is different to fit the lights of each model. Safari is below right

            

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1970

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1970 Bonneville (above) was the only model with vertical bars in the grille.  Ventura, Executive and Catalina (below) had horizontal bars.  This styling trend would last through the era covered on this site.  Also, Bonneville had Endura panel with its own lights in rear bumper.

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1971

below, the New for 1971 Grand Ville 

71 grand ville LF.jpg (95728 bytes)  71 grand ville rear.jpg (87455 bytes)

                                                                                                             Catalina

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Bonneville 

                                          

FForFor ’71, full size Pontiac were redesigned, Catalina (left) and Grand Ville (right)

As mentioned under ’70, Catalina had horizontal grilles, Bonneville and the new Grand Ville had vertical grilles.  The styling influence is obviously inspired from the very successful ’69 GP. Also (below), the full size station wagons were redesigned with many good advanced features including a tail gate that slid into the floor and an electric rear window that went into the roof.  For the first time too, wagons had leaf spring rear suspensions where coupes and sedans retained coil springs. These wagons were built for towing and hauling and also had 12″ rear brakes, the largest ever put on a passenger car.

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1972 

Grand Safari,Grand Ville & Bonneville had vertical grilles 

Below is Catalina with it horizontal grilles        

72 cat LF.jpg (70412 bytes)  72 cat rear.jpg (69158 bytes)

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1973

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Rears-Grandville left and Catalina right

        

 

 

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1974

Catalina coupe

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Grandville below

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Grand Safari

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11975

                       

Catalina 4 door sedan above

 

             

11975 Catalina, (top), again had horizontal bars/slats in grille and round headlights.  Bonneville and Grand Ville, (above ) used, for the first time, rectangular head lights.

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1976

Catalina 4 door sedan

1976 Bonneville  below

76 Bonne RF.jpg (113814 bytes)  76 Bonne LR.jpg (105124 bytes)  76 Bonne int.jpg (93570 bytes)

SafariSafari below

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1977

  This was the first year for the downsized models

Below is the top of the line Bonneville Brougham

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Newly down sized entry level Catalina shown

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1978

Bonneville

               

Catalina

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1979

Bonneville Brougham 4dr

79 bonne rf.jpg (31075 bytes)  79 bonne rear.jpg (30185 bytes)  79 bonne int.jpg (31499 bytes)

Safari wagon

   79 bonne s w rear.jpg (28648 bytes)

Catalina

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1980 

Catalina

FULL S65.jpg (40910 bytes)

Bonneville

80 Bonneville brougham LF.jpg (93837 bytes)  81 bonneville brougham RR.jpg (81661 bytes)  80 bonne brougham int.jpg (89713 bytes)

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1981 Bonneville

81 bonne rf.jpg (17934 bytes)  81 bonne lr.jpg (21987 bytes)  81 Bonne RF.jpg (83576 bytes)