The Pontiac Bonneville nameplate was produced between 1958 and 2005, with an impressive ten generations coming and going over the years. Following a downsize for the seventh generation, the eighth-generation Bonneville returned with bigger dimensions befitting of the name, switching over to the front-wheel-drive H-body platform. Finding one of these comfortable, luxurious four-doors in decent condition isn’t always easy, but now, we’ve unearthed an exceptional 1988 Pontiac Bonneville SE on craigslist.
“This car is an insane 32-year-old time capsule with only 53,000 miles,” writes the seller. “Every options [sic] work perfectly as a brand new car does. There is absolutely no evidence of wear on this car whatsoever.”
Craigslist boasting aside, this 1988 Pontiac Bonneville does look remarkably clean and well-kept. The exterior is covered in deep red paint, which looks glossy and smooth, judging by the photos. The trim fits neatly and looks spotless, while the wheels look to be free of any curb rash.
Moving inside, we find the upholstery matching the exterior with a crimson hue covering the seats, carpets, dash, and doors. Wood trim in the middle of the dash, in the doors panels, and along the center console offset the red coloring, while the seats show no obvious signs of wear.
Providing motivation is the naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 LN3 gas engine, which arrived as a replacement for the naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 LG3 equipped for the 1987 Pontiac Bonneville. The LN3 produces 165 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 10 horsepower and 10 pound-feet compared to the LG3. Output is routed to the front wheels by way of a four-speed automatic transmission.
All told, this 1988 Pontiac Bonneville SE is impressive for its age, and even comes with a trunk full of original documentation and the original window sticker to boot. Now, interested buyers can find this machine on craigslist, where it’s listed for sale in Upton, Massachusetts for $5,295. The odometer reads around 53,000 miles.