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Jim Brennan June 11, 2012 Modern Art Monday 38 Comments

Welcome to another Modern Art Monday piece on Hooniverse, where we try and broaden your imagination, and take you to a new plane of existence. What I really mean is we post interesting images for all of you to stare at, and today we have something that is quite interesting. According to Mike Baird, who is the photographer of these images, this is what’s left of a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville nine passenger wagon that reported to have stalled on the Morro Bay California Sand Spit in 1973. These images were taken in May of 2010 after the car was uncovered by a series of winter storms. There are two other images after the break…

According to Mike, this is one of only 5,844 nine passenger Bonneville Wagons built that year. May she rust in piece.

Images Courtesy of Mike Baird. Used with permission. (click here)

  • salguod

    In the process of trying to figure out where I've seen this before (Hemmings, I think), I found this from the opposite coast, evidently from 1973:

    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6217/6355950487_651bebbb35.jpg&quot; width="500" height="322" alt="Welcome to New York, 1973 style! Half buried early 1960s Dodge Polara station wagon on the beach at the ocean side of Breezy Point in Queens. Abandoned apartment building at left distance.">

    • UDman

      Hemmings actually ran an image in March of this year….

    • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

      Fixing the front end alone will take a lot more clams than that.

  • dukeisduke

    Yeah, I've seen one of those pictures (of the Bonneville) before, too. It looks like the expanded Morrokide upholstery is holding up well. BTW, I went to Mike's photostream, and he says "Hooniverse.com rocks"!

  • $kaycog

    That is a sad piece of art. It reminds me of this sad piece of art…………a 356 that was found at the bottom of a Wisconsin pond several years ago. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php

    <img src="http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/porsche356rusted3.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • http://www.automobile-catalog.com/ P161911

      Lightweight special?

  • Number_Six

    I'm trying to come up with the scenario where leaving it there was more expedient than calling for a tow or something. I'm guessing either the tide was coming in or it was a joyride situation…

    • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

      We'd need a better shot of the interior to determine whether the stereo had been replaced.

    • DemonXanth

      In 1973 this was a 10 year old wagon, not something especially valuable. Cell phones were still something largely science fiction (though radio phones existed). Once the waves came in, they probably saw it floating and washing away and thought of it as a goner.
      [youtube Dmn9ZrQiVcc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmn9ZrQiVcc youtube]

  • http://www.automobile-catalog.com/ P161911

    FOR SALE 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Wagon CONVERTIBLE!
    Vinyl interior like new, needs some body work, not running.

    • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

      Parked under cover for most of the last four decades. Attractive turquoise and sand interior. No cigarette odors.

      • Joe_Btfsplk

        California blue plate, driven to the locker on Sundays only by mother of Davy Jones. May need tune-up.

    • OA5599

      Great surf wagon. One of a kind; you'll never see another like it. Ran when parked.

    • Impalamino

      Ultra rare Molluskide upholstery!

      (I'm honestly shocked that it looks that good.)

      • http://www.sub5zero.com/ Tomsk

        It's deteriorated so little because it's made from stuff that, at least in raw form, probably causes sterility in men and Sasquatch-grade quantities of body hair to grow on women.

        In other words: VOC-laden seat coverings FTW.

        • HTWHLS

          Well, remember, we had a lot of polychlorinated biphenyls to get rid of back then…

    • Number_Six

      CONVERTIBLE Pontiac tern GM Jimmy Hoffa CHEVY mussel 409 454 clam 327 surf 305 VTEC crab MOPAR aragonite

    • MVEilenstein

      RAN WHEN PARKED

    • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

      Ran when parked.

    • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

      Parked, then ran.

  • http://www.tempotopaz.com/ FordTempoFan

    I'm impressed at how well the seats seem to have held up.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Barrett-Jackson would refer to this as a 'diamond in the rough'…

  • texlenin

    Oh My God…
    You Murderers!!!
    You finally did it…..you maniacs!!
    You really, finally did it…..
    You Hooned it up!!!
    Damn You!
    God-Damn you all to hell!!!
    (I'll let you imagine the visuals)

    • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

      Bravo!

      • texlenin

        Thank you. I was worried nobody would get that reference……

  • MVEilenstein

    I swear you guys have posted this before. I distinctly remember reading comments about the interior. Not that I'm complaining, of course.

  • lilpoindexter

    Sooo…who's up for a resto project?

  • RenzoS

    Is that front bumper still shiny?!?!?!

  • HTWHLS

    I suspect the "Overhauling" gang missed this one..

  • Newport Pagnell

    Sea Foam Green interior.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jjd241 jjd241

    The bigger they are the harder they fall…

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/yYeRB.jpg&quot; alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" />

  • beefmalone

    morrokide is truly the greatest automove interior material ever created.

  • Mr Mister

    Sounds like BS!

  • Corvair Jim

    I guess this would be a "MUSSEL CAR"?

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