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1962 Pontiac Catalina
The classic Catalina was part of Pontiacs full size car line starting in 1950. It was initially just used to indicate the hardtop cars but in 1959 the Catalina became its own separate model. In 1961 the cars were completely restyled to go with the 60's trend and also received a stronger frame that both increased side impact protection while also creating more room in the interiors. This is also the main year that the classic Pontiac grill was introduced and would remain an iconic feature on all Pontiacs in the early 60's. The 1962 Pontiac Catalina 2 door Hardtop you see here is an absolutely beautiful car that falls under the category of a survivor because it is still cruising around with its original colors, original drivetrain and all the original options. With the popularity of certain classics like Mustangs and Camaros it can really be tough to stand out from the crowd at shows but this Catalina does just that. The car is very unique and you really don't see a lot of these out on the road anymore. With features like the pointed nose and extremely cool taillights the car always stands out and is one of those people point out to say "They just don't make them like they used to." There is no doubting that this car was created back in a day where the design aspects of creating a car were at the top of the list. The car was original built in the Arlington, TX GM plant in March of 1962. It was ordered by Bill McDavid Pontiac and likely resided in the area for a number of years before being sold to a private collection that was also in Texas. It was then sold out of state to Indiana or Illinois before making a stop in Long Beach, California on its way back home to Texas where it lives currently. The current owner has maintained the cars originality and has made a few mechanical updates/repairs along the way to make it reliable and enjoyable. Coated in the original paint code L Belmar Red with a Cameo Ivory top the car is stunning to see out in the sun. These were the original colors and the car comes with Pontiac Historical Services documentation including the factory order form indicating these features. The chrome on the car has a beautiful shine as does all the original trim pieces which this car has a lot of. All of the glass is in great shape with no chipping/scratches and is tinted. One change from original is the 8 lug aluminum wheels that have been added but still have the Pontiac center caps for a vintage feel.
Powering the car is the original 389 ci V8 motor that starts up and runs very well. One look under the hood and it is clear the car has been well maintained. It originally came with a 2 barrel but has been converted to tri-power. Although the tri-power was not original it is the correct style for what would have been in place in 1962. The car was ordered from the factory with power brakes, power steering and air conditioning all of which are working properly with no issues. Paired with the motor is the Hydramatic transmission that moves through the gears smoothly with no issues.
On the inside of the car you will find the 3 tone Ventura interior package which looks perfect in this car. At a quick glance you may think it has a custom interior due to the maroon, burgundy and white color combo but that is not the case. The car was factory ordered with this interior package which only 13,297 of the 46,024 hardtop Catalina's received. The upholstery work is in gorgeous condition as is all of the trim. The dash has the original components in place all of which are working. You can tell it is a factory AC car not only by the original order form but the AC vents which were built into the dash. The only aftermarket change to the interior is the underdash gauge pod for oil pressure and temperature gauges. The trunk of the car looks just as clean as the rest with the original mats and spare in place.
These cars aren't very common especially in this almost all original condition. The car has a great look, great color scheme, and all the factory options you could ask for!
It's not everyday you can get a car of this quality for only $28,350.00!