The Pontiac Ventura was first offered as a trim package on the 1960 Pontiac Catalina four-door Vista sedan and two-door hardtop. The package included exterior identification, deluxe wheel covers, a sport steering wheel, and distinctive tri-tone Morrokide seats. In 1961 and 1962, the Ventura became its own model, similiar and still based on the Catalina. In 1963 the Ventura returned to its trim package based on the Pontiac Catalina and remained an option through 1970. In 1971 Pontiac decided to compete with the Nova and produced the 1971 Ventura that was there new X-body variant, actually the Ventura II. The Nova-style Ventura II had a production run from 1971 to 1977. The "II" suffix was dropped after 1972, and the Phoenix name replaced the Ventura in 1978.