12,674 Actual Mile Bonneville Survivor 350 V8 4 Barrel TH350 3 Speed A/C PS
- 350 cubic inch GM V8
- GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission
- Posi-traction differential
- F41 Special Performance Suspension
- Factory power steering
- Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Original 15-inch 'snowflake' wheels
- Original Starlight Black paint
- Original Camel Tan interior
- Factory air conditioning
Until you've been behind the wheel of a ' Motor City Behemoth' from the disco era, you just don't know what a smooth ride is. Lexus has made a fortune selling isolation, but this 1979 Pontiac Bonneville takes it to an entirely different level. A special treat for Poncho collectors, this B-Body is an extremely well preserved survivor that's driven a mere 12,674 miles in almost 36 years. If you've been looking for a classic that's not only pristine but original, and not only original but unique, you'll have a hard time finding ANYTHING cooler that this!
Late '70s vintage is arguably the cleanest styling from the Malaise Era. And this coupe's serious Starlight Black on Camel Tan color combination is a very welcome change from the tepid palette we endure today. In fact, the car's Trans Am-worthy pigment is decidedly contemporary, proving once again that good taste never goes out of style. With that pigment comes acres of sheetmetal, which, thanks to decades of spending time in a dry garage, appears straight, clean and as crisp as the day it was stamped. That solid metal lines up beautifully, featuring wide doors, which open and close with ease. Tan outlining stripes stretch nearly 18 feet down the sides of one of the longest profiles ever built. And overall, this Pontiac's looks defy the decades its VIN suggests.
Speaking of fit and finish, everything on this incredible Detroit creation is exceptionally well planned. And the car carries just the right amount of 'Burt Reynolds Bravado' to inspire lust and exude presence. At the front of its wide body, a familiar, twin-port grille centers a red arrowhead between bright headlights, clear parking lamps and a guarded bumper. A characteristically linear profile complements factory fender skirts, big cornering lamps and polished rocker guards with optional door guards, canted “BONNEVILLE” scripts and 1-inch body moldings. Original glass rides between classy metal frames, a fully trimmed hood and color-keyed sport mirrors. And at the back of the car, a vast trunk hangs correct Bonneville ornamentation above intricate taillights and a second guarded bumper.
The popular engine for 1979 was a smooth, powerful and reliable GM 350. Topped by a requisite 4-barrel, the quiet mill glides this beast, and all its power accessories, with the silky torque of an electric motor, on its way to truly defining the word “luxury”. Like the rest of the car, the engine bay is immaculately preserved, from the GM Corporate Blue paint on the block all the way to the little markings and decals that are still clearly visible throughout. Ideally suited for judging, this coupe will easily score very well in competition due to its astounding preservation. It runs as new, starting easily and idling almost imperceptibly. And on the highway, it wafts along effortlessly, virtually whispering at high speeds. There's simply nothing like a full-size American luxury car!
The General's indestructible Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed shifts the gears, spinning a familiar G80 rear axle that's fitted with a posi-traction differential. The F41 sports suspension appears original in every way, duplicating the factory's smooth ride and reliable handling with the help of modern power steering. And power front disc and rear drum brakes are powerful enough to reel this big cruiser in at will. Take special note of the condition of the floors, which still wear their factory-applied Satin Black skin. There's a single-pipe exhaust system that's likely factory equipment. And original 'snowflake' wheels spin 215/70R15 Mastercraft A/S IV whitewalls around red Pontiac center caps.
Naturally, the Camel Tan interior is just as cool as the rest of the car, wrapping minimal wear in exquisite '70s luxury. Comfortable velour seats are nicely patterned pieces that feel every bit as supple as they look. In front of those seats, a wood-trimmed dash hangs full Rally Gauges above delayed wipers, factory air conditioning and a correct Delco-GM tape deck. Below that dash, a wood-trimmed console frames a small GM shifter. Below that console, Camel Tan carpet shows a surprisingly minimal amount of wear thanks to heavy duty floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, clean door panels seat small power window switches in more wood trim. In front of the driver, an attractive, 3-spoke steering wheel spins around a tilting column and optional cruise control. And behind the cockpit, the car's electronically opened trunk conceals a small spare tire beneath an optional rear window defogger.
The sale of this neo classic includes an original owner's manual and miscellaneous factory documents.
Now that they're over the AACA's 25-year age limit, '70s luxury cars are becoming increasingly popular as both show queens and road kings. These days, it seems everyone wants a high-strung curve carver, making this Bonneville's superlative road manners, full-size comfort and smooth V8 the fruits of a bygone era. There simply can't be many Malaise Era cruisers that are nicer than this, and a classically themed Pontiac is most definitely the one to own. If you're looking for a spectacular classic that also happens to be a rather unique survivor, this proud Poncho will not disappoint!
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