Fort Lauderdale | Lot 434

1958 Pontiac Bonneville



$66,000 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2 April 2016

Identification No.
  • 370-cid, 330-hp OHV “Tempest” V-8 with “Tri-power”
  • Super Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
  • One of 9,144 of Pontiac’s top-of-the-line for 1958
  • Equipped with power steering and power brakes
  • Factory AM radio
  • Stunning two-tone Calypso Green exterior over green interior
  • Beautiful chrome
  • Wide whitewall tires
  • Rear wheel skirts
  • An ideal cruise night or tour car

Pontiac’s flagship Bonneville was billed as “America’s hot road car,” and NASCAR testing bore out that claim. Following its limited-production offering for 1957, the Bonneville returned as the new top-of-the-line for 1958. In addition to the convertible, a two-door hardtop coupe was offered and both featured an all-new, one-year only body shared with Chevrolet. Sporting a fresh “New Direction” look, Pontiacs were up to 9.7 inches longer and 4.5 inches lower than previous models. These cars were really the final statement of long-time GM design boss Harley Earl and as such, were loaded with chrome and exterior ornamentation, bright exterior colors, and lavish interiors. Bonneville interiors had “lurex” threads in the carpet which gave them even more bling. Both convertibles and the new coupe were fitted with Pontiac’s upsized 370-cid “Tempest” V-8 with the optional NASCAR-certified three-carburetor setup called “Tri-power” which offered a whopping 330-hp. A Tri-power equipped Bonneville driven by Sam Hanks paced the Indianapolis 500 in May 1958.

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