Just a year after being introduced, the 1961 Pontiac Ventura received a redesign that included Pontiac’s trademark “beak” that split the grille into equal halves. Headlights continued to be arranged in horizontal pairs. Chrome markers adorned the front fenders’ leading edges, while the smooth front bumper wrapped around the fenders. The 1961 Ventura retained the 1960’s thin C-pillars and arched rear window as part of the “bubble top” design that allowed more light to enter the cabin, and for a more open feel. The Ventura had its own oval taillamp design, and the interior featured an electric clock, custom steering wheel, and the Morrokide tri-color vinyl interior. Power came from Pontiac’s 389 cubic-inch V8, available with either a manual or automatic transmission. 13,927 Pontiac Venturas were built for the 1961 model year.
Our feature 1961 Pontiac Ventura is an Antique Automobile Club of America Senior Award Winner. It is finished in Bristol Blue over a tri-color blue Morrokide interior. It is powered by a 389 cubic-inch V8 fed by a trio of carburetors that produced 348 horsepower when new. A four-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The Ventura is equipped with dual exhaust, power driver’s seat, power steering, tinted glass, a Wonderbar AM signal-seeking radio, and eight-lug alloy wheels wrapped in whitewall tires.
This striking 1961 Pontiac Ventura Bubble Top will cross the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Monterey, California sale taking place August 17th through the 19th. Included in the sale are the full ownership history with copies of previous titles, and a three-ring binder with build sheets.