1961 Pontiac Catalina "delete" Sd 389 Tri Power,solid Lifter 368hp,4 Speed,posi on 2040-cars
Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States
Can't be many of these ever made with these options------that is , no options, known as a "Delete" car. I'm told by the previous owner this car is original with it's Super Duty parts. It has correct numbers on the castings, beyond that I'm not sure how to document originality for a 61. FWIW the previous owner seemed to know a great deal about Super Duty cars, as well as having photos of himself with a variety of other notorious Pontiac SD lovers. To the best I can tell this is pretty much an original car. It is way cool.
Super Duty 389 w'solid lifters, tri power with it's unique air cleaner (no snorkels w'solid lifters). Correct sump, cast iron exhaust headers, intake manifold, carbs, harmonic balancer, heads, block, upper water neck, dist, etc. Only mod I can think of is an electric fuel pump was fitted. Also have separate air filters for show.
Engine fires up easily and runs great with nice oil pressure. Very docile just running on the center carb. Press the other two into action and things get busy. With the full exhaust hooked up it is actually very quiet. Pull the plugs and it ain't!
Clutch feels good. Brakes stop well (within reason) and car drives very nice. No issues except passenger side exhaust rubs the shock once in awhile. I'll try to get that tweaked.
Beautiful body, solid original floors, just what you dream of finding. It was a California car and has never been rusted. At present it has one small blister on the driver's door, it is still a good rock solid car. See photos. Original interior in very nice shape. Some patina, yes, but pretty remarkable, in my opinion, for being original. It has an added oil pressure and water temp gauge.
Glass is all good.
Trim is all good. Again, some patina, but it looks great.
Paint is over 30 years old but still looks pretty darn nice with a bit of wax. I'd guess it's "Good Driver" level. I love the overall even patina of this car. Just so nice. I see no signs of previous rust repair.
Car comes with a second set of rear wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak Dragway Stock tires. Also a set of narrow front tires. Yes, it was a drag car in it's early life. Previous owner showed me a photo of it lettered up, wish I'd gotten a copy.
I'm somewhat new to Pontiac Super Duties, and info is kinda scarce, but I do have some good reference material. I'm trying to get up to speed here. I'll answer questions best I can. comments welcome.
Thanks for looking!
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Auto blogFri, 16 Oct 2009
Ford buyers appear to love their cars more than customers of any other automotive brand, returning back to the American automaker when it comes time to purchase their next vehicle. According to a study by Experian Automotive, six of the top 10 vehicles for customer brand loyalty wear badges from the Blue Oval. That includes the Ford Fusion (62.4 percent), Ford Edge (57.9 percent), Ford Five Hundred/Taurus (56 percent), Ford Freestyle (51.9 percent), Ford Escape (49.4 percent) and the Ford Focus (47.57 percent).
Other vehicles making up the top 10 include the Toyota Prius (52 percent), Chevy Impala (51.7 percent), Toyota Camry (47.8 percent) and Toyota Corolla (47.56 percent). This brings up an interesting question: With the closing of automotive brands like Saturn and Pontiac, where are those buyers to turn for their next automotive purchase?
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.
There are few things simultaneously more romantic and idiotic than taking a road trip in a beaten-down heap of a car. Trust us. We know. David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan of Hot Rod Magazine fame recently undertook an epic trip from El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles with the express goal of doing so for under $1,500, including the purchase price of a vehicle, food, lodging, repairs and, most importantly, fuel. With this in mind, the duo settled on a 1972 Pontiac Catalina for a lofty $650. Hilarity ensues.
Realizing that no one actually wants a Catalina sulking around the shop, Freiburger and Finnegan put the car up for auction on eBay Motors the instant they had the title in hand. By the time they rolled into Hot Rod HQ, the vehicle sold for a little over $500.
The video is part of a new series called Roadkill that should document similar adventures. Keep your eyes peeled for more calamity-soaked clips in the near future. In the meantime, hit the jump to check it out yourself.
Following a stop-delivery order for its new midsize trucks and a rash of recent recalls, General Motors is issuing three more campaigns covering 60,575 vehicles in North America with 57,182 of them in the US. As of October 1, the automaker has issued a total of 74 recalls (see the ridiculously long chart to the right) this year covering 26,495,070 units in the US.
The largest campaign covers 46,873 examples in the US of the 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 and 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle imported from Australia. It's possible for the driver's knee to hit the key and make it move from the "Run" to "ACC" position while driving. GM says its Holden division is developing a fixed-blade key that's supposed to fix the problem by only allowing it to rotate toward the "On" position. There has been one crash caused by this fault but no injuries or fatalities.
The second recall is for 10,005 units of the 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V because "the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat." This can cause a flange to melt and allow the pump to leak fuel. GM specifies that the remedy for the CTS-V is replacing the fuel module and fuel tank jumper harness, but it doesn't specify how the STS-V is being repaired.