I decided to go to the 38th annual Antique Auto Meet that was held in Glastonbury Connecticut this past weekend. This show has been put together by the Central Connecticut Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and I have done a few postings already about this show.
There were quite a few cars and trucks that were for sale, and this particular Pontiac Catalina was one of the most glamorous of the bunch. It looked like a fresh restoration, and the price reflected that. So, would you want to own a freshly restored mid-sixties full sized fastback from an orphan brand?
One of my family members once owned a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville, and I have always like the 1966 full sized Pontiacs because of their unique and interesting styling, with a subtle “Coke Bottle” styling, stacked headlamps, and tight wasp like tail. This Catalina isn’t quite as long as the Bonneville, but make no mistake, it’s big.
Painted in a particularly attractive shade of arrest-me red, sporting a set of Cragar S/S Rims, it makes one handsome package. Look at the interior… The front and rear bench seating, with a striped cloth insert over vinyl, looks brand new (which it probably is) and can seat six full-sized linebackers in comfort. Unfortunately, this is a rather stripped Catalina Coupe, as there is no power windows, no power seat, and no Air Conditioning.
Asking price is (Get Ready…) $30,000! My first reaction when I saw the price? Gasping for air! Then disbelief, and finally calling the seller a lunatic (under my breath). I’m sure it’s just a starting point, as this is a dealer who is asking this outrageous sum for what is a fairly pedestrian Pontiac. It’s stunningly beautiful, with a well executed cosmetic restoration, but saddled with a price tag that is no were near reality.
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