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.


1953 Cadillac Series 60

Posted in 1950s, Cadillac, Classic Cars, Series 60 by Richard

Cadillac series 60 was a very special model. Out of all Cadillac models, 1953 Cadillac Series 60 was the most successful one. In fact, it had record-breaking sales. The story of Cadillac car started in 1936. Originally, it was a mid-sized car which received a lot of attention from everyone. Nicholas Dreystadt was the creator of this iconic model. 1953 Cadillac Series 60 used Monobloc V8 engine which could supply 125 horsepower.

Initially, Sixty Special name was booked for low end cars, but finally, the most luxurious cars got this Sixty Special name. Sixty Special models were really special. From 1938 to 1941, was the first part of Sixty Special car. Then, in 1942, the car received major redesigns. The interior was made very nice. Initially, only two models were available Standard sedan and imperial sedan, but they had really good sales.

1947: Because of the World War, the production stopped. In 1947, it did not have a lot of changes as everything was made for 1948 model. “sombrero” wheel covers were made for the 1947 model.

1948: This year Sixty Special experienced major redesigns. Electric window lifts and two-way power bench seat were added. Also, side-scoops and tail-fins were featured.

1949: This model was very compact to look at. It was lighter, but the engine had rating 10 hp more than the previous one. This car could accommodate six passengers.

1952: This year was the Golden anniversary of Sixty Special model. Minor changes were made; only engine power was increased to 190 horse power.

1953: New 12 volts electrical system was added for the first time, and it could supply 210 horsepower. Also, “Autronic Eye” was added. The car lovers also got five true wire-wheels rims paying 325 dollars extra. 1953 Cadillac Series 60 experienced record-breaking 20,000 sales.

Specifications: The production year of 1953 Cadillac Series 60 ranged from 1951 to 1953. The price was 4,303 dollars with 4335 lbs or 1966.323 kg weight.

Sales: According to two auctions, the average sale value is 49,625 dollars, the lowest is 25,000 dollars, and the highest was 74,250 dollars.