1957 Ford Thunderbird

Posted in 1950s, Ford, Thunderbird by Richard

Thunderbird is more like a sporty cruise than a sports car. It was produced to compete against Chevrolet’s Corvette, and it did really well. It is a sports car with great comfort. The manufacturer started producing it in 1955. They kept improving the designs and performance of the car. It is believed that the best looking Thunderbirds were produced from 1955 to 1957.

The redesigns of 1957 included bumper and bigger grille. The tailfins were made pointer and taillights were bigger. Also, the spare tire was kept inside the trunk in the new design of 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The base engine was 292, capable of producing about 200 horsepower. And, the top of the line was 312 cubic-inch engines, capable of producing 340 horsepower. Also, F-code non-NASCAR and E-code 312 engine were added. Both them were very popular. F-code could produce 300 horsepower and E-code could produce 270 horsepower. The sales were 21,300 pieces. Amazingly, 1957 Ford Thunderbird had three months extra as 1958 models were not ready for sale. 1957 Ford Thunderbird was the last two-seater Ford. Since 1958, Thunderbirds are built in four-seater system, though two-seater 1957 Ford Thunderbird was better looking according to many sports car lovers.

Specifications: Thunderbird was produced from 1955 to 1957. The price of this car is 3,406 dollars, and it weighs 3,132 lbs or 1,420.651 kg. You will be amazed to know that the total production of this car is 1,67,6449 pieces. So, it is very easy to understand that Thunderbird is a very popular model.

Sales: Average sale value of 1957 Ford Thunderbird is 51,207 dollars, lowest is 2,500 dollars, and the highest is 220,000 dollars. The data is derived from 554 auctions. It is also obvious that since 2004, the sales have been really good and stable. 2006 was the best year for 1957 Ford Thunderbird in terms of sales.


1963 Pontiac Catalina

Posted in 1960s, Catalina, Classic Cars, Pontiac by Richard

1963 Pontiac Catalina was first introduced in 1950s. Because of its mind-blowing appearance, engine power, and very reasonable price it received immediate success. People loved this new car very much, so it had very good sales. In 1959, Pontiac introduced Catalina as a model. One of the models was “Swiss Cheese” which was produced only 14 pieces. Because of grape fruit-sized holes in the frame, the name “Swiss Cheese” was used. In fact, the manufacturer used it as a part of their technology. Prior to Pontiac, 1928 Mercedes SSK used the same technology. That Mercedes was known as “Might Mercedes”

1963 Pontiac Catalina was powered by a 420 horsepower engine, but could produce a lot more power than the real rating. Amazingly, it produced more than 500 horsepower. This 1963 Pontiac Catalina was driven by famous people like “Jim Wangers.” It also participated in many races and won most of them. The most notable victory was at the U.S. Nationals.

Catalina was lightweight. This feature gave this car a lot of advantages over other cars. This 1963 Pontiac Catalina had a facelift, nice vertical headlights, AM/FM radio and other nice features. The engine was very special—racing engines. The engines were four-bolt racing and other parts were also very good. Also, cast iron was used. Instead of automatic transmission, it had to use only manual transmission because GM could not support automatic system.

Specifications: The engine of 1963 Pontiac Catalina was located at the front side of the car. It was produced from 1959 to 1981. The price ranged from 2,730 dollars to 3,305 dollars, and the weight was 3685 lbs or 1671.488 kg.

Sales: This 1963 Pontiac Catalina had incredible sales. Total production was 590,071 pieces, though from 2004 to 2012, the sales were not good. It had great sales in 2008. According to 19 auctions, the average sale value is 43,570 dollars, the lowest is 5,600 dollars, and the highest is 450,000 dollars.

1966 Pontiac Grand Prix

Posted in 1960s, Classic Cars, Grand Prix, Pontiac by Richard

This 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix is considered one of the best models ever produced by Pontiac. Grand Prix was first released in 1962, but is still very popular among all car lovers. So, a lot of car is being produced these days. In fact, it was a trend setter. In 1967, Pontiac added Convertible Grand pix. Hidden taillight lenses and nice grille work gave this car a very stunning look. It was powered by a 325 horse power engine. Various transmission systems like three-speed manual, four-speed manual, or a Hydra-Matic transmission system were available. This 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix had a sporty interior. Customers who asked for higher power were given 425-A Trophy V8 engines attached cars. In 1963, Pontiac produced 72,959 pieces, though in 1966, the sales decreased to 36,757 pieces. In 1965, 58,881 pieces were sold. 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix was very simple to look at. The manufacturer used different headlights instead of common ones. 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix was the 2nd generation of Grand Prix car. The 3rd generation started in 1967. The 3rd generation cars were bigger in size. Hidden windshield wipers were used in the 3rd generation cars.

Specifications: The engine location of 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix was at the front side of the car. The production years ranged from 1962 to 1968. The price was 3,490 dollars with 4012 lbs or 1819.813 kg. 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix was a great car, so staggering 831,331pieces were sold, and Hardtops were sold 36,757 pieces.

Sales: According to 6 auctions, the average sale value is 15,987 dollars, the lowest is 8,470 dollars, and the highest is 30,250 dollars. As 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix, other models had very good sales as well. Pontiac GTO 37,688 pieces, Pontiac Catalina 14,195 pieces, and Pontiac Bonneville 20,345 pieces were sold. It is also clear that since 2007, the sales have been good. The best year was 2011.