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6180 Morgantown Road
1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible
It was an impressive run for Pontiac, a company that helped launch the Muscle car Era. The Pontiac 2 plus 2 model was a performance upgrade option to the full-size Catalina for 1964 and 1965, a stand-alone model for 1966 and again, an option to the 1967 Catalina. Unfortunately, due to lackluster sales, 1967 was the last year it would be available. Production numbers for the 2 plus 2 were small, (less than 3 percent of total production for 1964), in comparison to Pontiac's total unit production. But the muscle car and Pontiac's dominance within this genre was cemented into place.
This 1964 Pontiac Catalina comes to us with a history of 2 long term owners, and now our consigner. It has a fully documented history of ownership, and plenty of new additions put on recently. A respray from 1984 is holding well, and a black convertible top replaces the white one that came with the car from the dealer. This car has a 389ci with a 2-barrel carb which was completely rebuilt in 1972, and a fresh transmission rebuilt in April of this year.
With the dual vertical stacked headlights on each front corner leading the way we see a nice shiny bumper below cradling the lights and stretching across the front of the car just below the split grille. A body matching beak is dividing the grille which is nice and shiny. Large steel slab sides which are very nicely aligned and bathed in Sunfire Red respray from 1984 is looking good holding its luster and color. On either side, midway through the sides is a nice trim spear with Catalina badging on the front quarter, just behind the wrap-around bumper. Shiny trimmings surround all the glass, and the passenger compartment is now covered with a black canvas newer convertible top with a plastic rear window. On the back is the large trunk lid deck and this wraps around top the rear tails lighting which flanks the trunk on either side and is surrounded by chrome. Their design emulates out facing arrowheads, and again the lower bumper cradles tree taillights as well. The arrowheads were a tribute to the Pontiac tribes, as well as showing them to the person behind which direction the car is going to turn! Dual exhaust pipes peek out from underneath and 14-inch 8 lug wheels, (installed in 2019), are adding bling to each corner. With the top down this is a real mid 60's cruiser.
Consigner states all original interior and it is looking fine. Door panels are nearly showroom with black tuck and roll, smooth black vinyl, and a vertical ribbed aluminum stripe as a highlighter through the upper third of the doors. Inside a large front split back bench offers up easy access to the rear bench, and both are bathed in original black vinyl with wide tuck and roll inserts for the seat insert and back inserts. The tops of each seat has a shiny arrowhead inserted into the smooth vinyl for a nice accent. The original factory dash is in front and has a thin padded top with instrumentation nice and clean as well as an aluminum strip on the bottom accenting the knobs and pulls. In front is the nicely preserved original steering wheel, black carpeting covers the floors and there are some protective floor mats with a Pontiac arrow badge stitched in.
As I lift the hood on this beauty, I'm greeted with a fully restored engine bay which just gleams! All finishes are very nice including the sky blue valve coverings, shiny supple hoses and wires, and like new air cleaner covering. This car has the original 389ci V8, and a single 2-barrel carburetor on top. On the back is a Hydramatic 3-speed automatic transmission, and the rear axle comes to us with a 2.56 ratio.
Not to be outdone by the topside, the undercarriage shows some slight surface rust and slight nice patina overall. Structurally sound, and we can see a cleaned and redone fuel tank, new shocks, new powered drum brakes and lines, and a Flowmaster dual exhaust. Independent coil springs for the front ride and a 4 link with coil springs for the back, and we have a very nice presentation.
She fired right up with a very smooth idle and off to the test track with top down and it was a great experience. Snappy acceleration, bias free panic stopping, and good big car handling. All functionality was good save for the fuel gauge which is in-op.
With its newly installed aforementioned parts along with weather stripping, new exhaust, a carb rebuild, and some new wiring, this car is in turn key condition to go and show. Think azure seas, a craggy coastline and exotic living for the island off Cali coast to which this car is aptly named after. It shows up in spades on this beautiful classic.
L-Linden, NJ Assy Plant
24254-Sequential Unit Number
11C-3rd Week November Build
STYLE 64 2367-1964 Catalina Convertible
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