1960 Pontiac Bonneville

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Pontiac Bonneville

Car of the Week: 1960 Pontiac

bearnest | January 14, 2013

and photos by Brian Earnest

Canfield didn’t really a “Plan B” when he went to to adopt a cool Oldsmobile a few years back. But when didn’t work out and it looked he was about to get gypped, Canfield stumbled into a pretty backup plan.

“I was looking for a ’57 Ninety-Eight convertible. I was all excited and to the fella that owned it, and I talked to him four or five we worked out a price and I gave him money down,” recalled a resident of New Brighton, Minn. “I was to come down and pick the car up, and he had me there was no rust whatsoever on the and I was paying a fair enough and I didn’t want any rust.

“So we get there and he happened to have a in his garage and we put the car on the hoist and I could right where all the rust were. I said, ‘I can’t this car. It’s not right. I’d like to have my back.’”

Unfortunately, the owner of the wasn’t in the mood for refunds.

“He ‘No, I can’t give you money back, but I have car — a 1960 Bonneville convertible — about 90 percent done a restoration, and I might want to that,’” Canfield continued. “So we and looked at the car and I was happy with it.

“I was a little concerned. I didn’t he should have kept my but it was his prerogative, I guess. But after I saw the I said, ‘I’m interested, work out a price.’  The next before we left to come from Grand Junction, he called and said, ‘OK you can have the

Canfield still wasn’t if he had been taken in the deal he went to pick up the handsome The car didn’t start at first, and it was for many months after he got it

“For two years I worked on it started. It would start, it wouldn’t start,” Canfield “So I got a little bothered with and I took it to one of my old customers, and he put his meter on it and he out there was only 3 volts to the points system, and what was there had been two resistors put on of just one, and it was cutting the down.

“So I took that second off, disconnected it and it started up and it’s been starting since for the last 7 or 8 years.”

Canfield has been so pleased the beautiful Pontiac ragtop he has collected three of them. “I two more, so I can compare when one is not right],” he joked. “One not have bucket seats this one. One is just as nice as this, all-white a white top, bucket that has factory air conditioning, so very nice.”

Canfield had his red convertible for about a dozen and has been showing and driving it for “the last 7 or 8 years.” he began taking it to hobby car Canfield had a few details to finish up on the He went through a couple of before he discovered the extra He said he’s also the carburetor twice.

The power top some electrical work, the was a bit balky, and there was some and stainless steel that attention.

The heavy lifting on the had been done by the previous however, including the bodywork, and new interior.

“It’s the original Red,” he said. “He did the whole out of leather. It’s not vinyl, leather. A lot of times when replace that now they it with vinyl because is a little costlier.”

It wouldn’t seem right to cut on Pontiac’s top-of-the-line machine for That year, more 17,000 of the luxurious drop were built at a base of $3,478. You could also buy in two-door and four-door hardtops.

Any of were a good choice for who wanted smooth cruising and looks combined with a big

By 1960, the Bonneville nameplate was its fourth year. The model had in 1957 as a spectacular, fuel-injected, offering. Only 630 Bonnevilles built that first but that was enough to get the model into the future.

In 1958, a was also offered and the Bonneville its own series. A four-door joined the in 1959 — the same year the redesigned “Wide-Track” Ponchos

The Bonnevilles were certainly of the most visually appealing cars on the market for 1960, their signature split distinctive fender scripts, crest on the lower front and beltline moldings that with three dashes of at the rear. Quad headlamps integrated into the corners of the with two pairs of round lamps capping off the long, “fins” in back. Padded with walnut inserts, lamps and padded rear cushions were just a few of the comforts.

The interior is a dazzling combination of and wood trim with upholstery. Canfield’s car is dressed with red leather and carpet to the Coronado Red paint. The black top is hidden under a red boot. “I enjoy and appreciate the interior.

I it’s one of the finest-looking interiors of the and ’60s,” Canfield noted.

the hood was a 389-cid V-8 that through a Carter four-barrel The setup produced about 281 hp the synchromesh and 303 with the optional

Canfield’s car features several options, including fender power steering and brakes, a tissue dispenser below the and cruise control. “This was the year they had cruise and it also has the brake lights so you put the emergency brake on, there is a that shines so you don’t the rear brakes out#8230; is also a three-mast power and naturally, the power steering and brakes,” he added. “It’s got the mirror; bucket seats, is very, very sought it also has the rear trunk — you can wheel it out and put it by the front wheel so you can a tire at night.”

Pontiac Bonneville

Canfield never dug much the history of his first Bonneville. not sure how many owners had hands on the car earlier in its life, and the had been restarted at zero the car’s restoration. Since he’s put only a little than 1,000 miles on the

That’s not many over the of about eight years, but he they have been happy miles. “It’s like a modern car because I put tires on it, so it drives down the at 60 or 70 [mph] just as nice as a day car, the only difficulty is it doesn’t have disc And it’s a heavy car — probably 4,600 lbs.

“We took it to to the 50’s all three days and we it to the local car shows. I try not to drive it than 20, 25 miles from That’s about it.”

figures three 1960 convertibles is just about the number for him now, but he admits probably wouldn’t be any if that he was after had just been a cleaner. He’s not complaining,

When a backup plan out this good, you just with it.

“I didn’t want Oldsmobile because it had rust … But I have wanted this if car hadn’t had rust,” he laughed. turned out very nice. been blessed.

“I’ll keep hanging this one, I think. I ask for anything better, really.”

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