1962 Pontiac Catalina Safari Wagon Barn Find Project Car on 2040-cars
Napoleon, Michigan, United States
1962 Pontiac Catalina Safari Wagon
For many many years, I drove by a large garage … some days the door
on the garage would be open and I could see ‘Ratty Catty’ (my daughter named
her) sitting in the same spot. Never
moved, I would wonder to myself what the story was on her and why it sat in the
same spot for the majority of my life time.
One afternoon while working I happened to drive by and see her outside
sitting in the shade on 4 flat tires.
That evening I couldn’t stop thinking about about Ratty Catty and
decided the next morning I would get up early and go do a drive by.
I drove to the house again and got the number off the car
the very next morning and later that day I called and met up with the Grandson
of the car. Ratty Catty was Grandmother’s
wagon who was 90 years old when she decided to park the 10 year old Safari with
33,ooo miles. There Ratty Catty sat for
the next 41 years.
The Grandson insisted he needed the car to be gone and
trailered it up and brought it to my house (he wouldn’t let me walk away
without her) I am a Pontiac collector,
though Trans-Ams and Firebirds are my expertise, I was excited to see a 1962
Pontiac parked in my drive-way.
I was able to clean her up with simple soap and water,
Windex the glass, Shop-Vac the interior, and power wash the exterior. I changed the oil, plugs, cap, rotor, and
points; rebuilt the original carburetor, put a new fuel pump, new top end
gaskets on the original 389 motor, and fired her up.
I began restoring the brake system and never finished to
take her for her first ride. I need to
make room for other projects. The back
tailgate is rusted and needs to be replace, but other than that she is a solid
car with minor rust here and there. The
floor boards are SOLID and so is the frame!! Also all the glass is good.
I have listed this on
other sites, but usually just have tire-kickers inquire about it. I am not a salesman and don’t want to answer
many questions. This is a solid original
project car with all original parts (except things listed above) with a clean
The buyer will be responsible for shipping and the seller
only takes CASH. Will load up more pictures and video this weekend once it is out of my garage. So keep an eye out!!
Pontiac Catalina for Sale
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Apparently, not back to General Motors. According to Experian, Pontiac owners are most likely to look to the Ford lineup for their next car or truck and Saturn shoppers will switch to Toyota or Honda - not particularly surprising given that Saturn was meant to compete with import brands. Experian predicts that GM's overall market share will fall from 20 percent to about 17.5 percent, with most of the slack being picked up by Ford, Honda and Toyota.
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In that R&T article, which is no longer available online, Lutz explained that the new GTO would solve many of the issues found in the original. Car Advice speculates that the new model would have look like a rebadged version of the Holden Coupe 60 Concept from 2008, a conclusion we also came to.
That car would have been a big departure from the 2004 to 2006 GTO. It has an extremely long hood and short rear deck, with an almost fastback roofline and a wide greenhouse with a tall beltline. The wheel arches were very pronounced, and the chin and rocker panel splitters gave it a race-ready look. Would it have been enough to make the GTO work in the US? We think it might of, but it looks like we'll never know.