For 1960, the Pontiac Catalina served as the brand’s entry-level model and thus wasn’t very fancy or fast – with more well-to-do Pontiac buyers being directed toward the Bonneville, which had moved upmarket that year to take up the mantle as the brand’s flagship product.
This 1960 Pontiac Catalina wagon is a far cry from a standard, family-oriented Catalina, though. Currently for sale at Columbus, Ohio dealership Cruisin Classics, this Catalina Safari ditched its 389 cubic-inch V8 for a larger Pontiac 400 cubic-inch V8, according to the listing. The engine has also been dressed up with three two-barrel Rochester carburetors, chrome valve covers and MSD ignition. The transmission is a four-speed overdrive GM TH200-4R, which isn’t the transmission the car came with, it’s worth noting, as the 200-4R was released in the 1980s. Aftermarket 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/50 Goodyear Eagle GT rubber, front disc brakes and power steering also contribute to this car’s slight modernization.
The interior features black upholstery with gray inserts, factory gauges, the original AM radio as well as second- and third-row seating. A powered back window also allows the driver to let some fresh air into the cabin and can be controlled from inside the vehicle or with a button on the key fob. The listing says the “inside of the car is huge and every inch of it has been noted and addressed expertly,” and the photos appears to back this up, showing off seats and a dashboard that are in great condition. Some creases/indentations are showing in the vinyl on the seats and doors, though, but that seems like a minor issue.
Check out the listing for this unique 1960 Pontiac Catalina Safari wagon at this link, where you’ll be able to find some additional photos of the car.
Source: Cruisin Classics