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STK 2661 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe

Back in 1959, Pontiac engineers conceived the 'Wide Track' chassis and suspension design. They were working to dramatically improve the handling of their full-size Pontiac. The Bonneville was a relatively new model, having debuted in 1957, but was the crown jewel of the Pontiac division. This Bonneville Coupe is a perfect example of that new 'Wide Track' design. Our Bonnie's exterior is original except for one respray (1987). The current owner (33 years) states that this is a 'matching numbers' car and that the mileage shown, 44,238, is actual. There is a comprehensive folder of documents and receipts that provide details on the care and maintenance of this beautiful Bonneville. Included is a copy of the original 'Car Invoice' (McElmurray Pontiac) that shows all factory options including its rare tri-power carburation. From a performance standpoint, there is an icon under the hood - the then newly-released 389ci engine. This poweplant was to become the mainstay in the full-sized Pontiac line for many years. It also became the 'Go' in the GTO. Our Pontiac's engine is completely original, factory equipped with the infamous Pontiac 'tri-power' carb set-up, and backed by Pontiac's 4-speed Super HydraMatic transmission. The Bonneville's chassis is equipped with power steering, 4-wheel power drum brakes and 14” road wheels w/wide-white bias-ply tires and factory 'tri-blade' wheel covers. The interior is also all-original except for new carpets and re-chromed dash 'inserts'. There is a factory gauge package, tinted windows and working factory AM radio w/power antenna. Fans of the Poncho performance division will continue to ensure the collectability of this early Wide-Track 'muscle' car. ALL VEHICLES SOLD “AS IS”


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Curbside Classic: 1967 Pontiac Bonneville – A Long, Flowing Old Car On A Long, Flowing Old Road

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I love to follow the old roads. In Indiana, they don’t get much older than the National Road, which Thomas Jefferson authorized in 1806 and was built across Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois in the 1820s and 1830s. And then when the US highway system was established in 1926, US 40 was laid along that old road. US 40 has been improved (read: straightened, widened, and outright moved) in several places; the old alignments still lurk here and there. But for the most part, when you drive US 40, you’re following a pioneer path. And it seems like whenever I’m on one of the pioneer paths, I find old cars, like this ’67 Bonneville.

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In eastern Indiana, except for the modern traffic, when you drive US 40 you feel like you’ve stepped back 150 years in time. Suddenly, it’s 1860! At least, so says the surrounding architecture. This is Cambridge City, founded in 1836. And on the day we visited, the streets were lined with antiques for sale. It was the day of an annual antique festival.

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No antique that day appealed to me more than this ’67 Bonne, built in the year of my birth. I have always adored the GM B-body two-door hardtop roof from ’67 and ’68. So long, so flowing – so gutsy. Audacious, even. I can stare at a car like this for hours

67 Wildcat

GM shared this roof across the entire B-body line. In those days, they were still pretty good about differentiating bodies below the sill line. At the top of the B hierarchy, Buick’s side sweep beautifully enhanced this roof’s graceful lines.

67 Olds 88

I’m not a big fan of late-60s Oldsmobile styling, and so to me, they’re the only division to make this roof look dorky — yet, somehow, longer than any of the other B-body hardtop coupes.

67 Impala

In the flesh, the ’67 Impala (and Caprice) look just enormous, but among B bodies they rode on the smallest wheelbase at just 119 inches and were the shortest overall at 213.2 inches. The Buick Wildcat was the longest 1967 B body, at 220.5 inches; it rode on a 126-inch wheelbase. The LeSabre rode a 123 incher, and was 217.5 inches long. The Oldsmobile 88s were a half inch shorter than that despite also riding a 123-inch wheelbase. The Pontiacs rode on 124- and 121-inch wheelbases, depending on series, and were 222.6 and 215.6 inches long, respectively

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And Pontiac offered the most series by far. The Bonneville sat at the top, offering the best standard features and the most luxury. You could climb even higher with the Bonneville Brougham option package, which added a vinyl roof and power accessories inside.

67 Pontiac Brochure

The Executive was next, riding on the Bonneville’s longer wheelbase, but offering fewer goodies.

67 Pontiac Brochure

The Ventura was the most luxurious offering on the shorter wheelbase. It probably wasn’t on par with the Bonneville, but it was probably a much nicer place to be than the entry-level Catalina.

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The Pontiac 2+2 was the straight performance model, on the shorter wheelbase but with a big 428-cube engine. It could be ordered only with two front Strato-Bucket seats; hence its 2+2 name.

67 Pontiac Brochure

At the bottom of the standard Pontiac totem pole sat the Catalina. Given its price-sensitive mission, it’s almost a surprise it could be ordered in the hardtop coupe body.

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But back to this Bonneville. Each of us has our preferred kind of curbside classic. Some of us love a very rough but still driveable old car. Some of us adore a solid, complete car slathered with patina. A few of us like ‘em restored and even modified. But what I like, what I almost swoon over, is that all-original car that appears to have been lightly used all its life. This Bonneville heavily tripped that trigger for me. Just check out the faded paint on the decklid. And the interior, which I didn’t manage to get a usable shot of, is similarly in good, but obviously used shape.

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There were three hitches, however. The first are the dual exhaust tips peeking out from under the passenger-side rear fender. I don’t think that’s stock (but I trust you’ll correct me if I’m wrong). Next is this car’s lack of fender skirts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ’67 Bonneville with an open rear wheel well trimmed in chrome. I’ve seen cars where the skirt went missing, but that’s not at all what looks like happened here. Some quick Googling reveals a handful of Bonnes so equipped, so perhaps the skirt was deletable on the option sheet.

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Even if it wasn’t, it’s small potatoes compared to the third hitch: those wheels. WTF? These were real headscratchers until I realized that this car is running on modern tires – Sumitomo 225/40ZR18s, to be precise. That’s just the kind of modification I’d make, to get better handling and a wider selection of tires to choose from. And props to this owner for at least trying to make the wheels blend in by painting them body color. Persistent Googling revealed that those wheel covers are borrowed from a ’57 Pontiac. This owner even painted the centers body color. I don’t think a single ’67 Bonneville left the factory with body-color wheels and dog dishes – that’s more Catalina territory.

But these wheels look pretty good, and this car obviously comes out to play sometimes. And regardless of how we like our curbside classics, I think we can all agree that if they don’t come out to play, they’re no fun at all.

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Rock or Restore: 1962 Pontiac Bonneville

Does this classic Pontiac need a frame off restoration, or should you just get it running and enjoy it?

Lately, with Rock or Restore, we've been getting away from our roots. Most of the cars we've picked have needed very serious restorations to be roadworthy again, so it makes the answer to the "Rock or Restore" question pretty obvious.

We found this 1962 Pontiac Bonneville right here on Motorious. It's being sold by Street Dreams in Fredricksburg, Texas for $13,950.

According to the ad, this Bonneville has spent many years in storage, patiently awaiting a restoration. Unfortunately, the owner lost their storage, and now the car must find a new home. It's a well-worn story that we've heard countless times before.

There's a lot to like about this classic Bonneville. The early 1960s Pontiacs are handsome looking cars, and this Bonneville is no exception. The rosy silver paint is set off nicely by the eight-lug wheels, although one tire refuses to hold air. We'd replace the tires anyway.

The chrome looks good, and while the ad does advise that there is some body rust, the car looks pretty good overall. The photos make the color look like a handsome rosy silver.

Of course, you don't need us to tell you how beautiful classic American hardtops look. There's just something about the way they look with the windows down, with no visible B-pillar. It gets us all tingly.

The interior is in surprisingly good shape, with minor wear and tear, like a torn driver's seat cushion. Like the rest of the car, it appears to be in clean original shape, with the sort of things you'd expect to see on an old car with 40,000 or so miles. It's not bad, but its not perfect, either.

Under the hood, you'll find the legendary 389 cubic inch Pontiac V8. That engine would go on to launch the GTO into the muscle car history books just a couple short years after this Bonneville was built.

We'd like to get some fresh rubber on this thing, bleed the brakes, and see what it takes to get it to start again. It may just need a fresh battery, some fresh gas, and some cleaning.

Either way, we'd probably leave it mostly original, unless we noticed the minor rust getting worse. This stately Bonneville has survived this long, and we'd want to keep it around as long as possible, especially in close to original condition.

1968 Pontiac Bonneville Classic California Low Riding Muscle Car


Pontiac's Bonneville SSEi has the potential to become a classic.

Its performance and styling separate it from the ranks of the ordinary.

The SSEi is one of a handful of cars to leave the factory with a supercharger, a performance-improving device that extracts more power from the engine.

The Jaguarlike styling gives the Bonneville elegant lines and a shape that probably will not be affected much by design trends. But then there is the issue of price.

Some car buyers might look at the price tag of about $30,000 and scoff. Could anything American-made that is not a Lincoln or a Cadillac be worth so high a price?

To be fair, you really can't assess the SSEi that way.

You have to compare the SSEi to similar cars to get a fix on whether the Pontiac offers enough value to justify the price. I think it does.

If you are in the market for a high-performance sports sedan, you obviously are going to take a close look at the leading cars in the class. You will discover that the Pontiac is bigger, more powerful and less expensive than most comparable imports, such as the BMW 525i, the Acura Legend and the Mitsubishi Diamante. And its only real American competition is the Ford Taurus SHO.


The SSEi is unlike any other car I have driven recently. As soon as you turn the key, you hear a barely muffled roar from the exhaust. You are immediately aware that your right foot controls an engine with the pent-up energy of a caged lion.

Stepping hard on the accelerator, however, does not cause the tires to squeal. You don't feel neck-snapping acceleration or anything like it - and that's where the Bonneville SSEi fools you.

When you look down at the speedometer, you suddenly realize you are traveling fast enough to be not just ticketed, but probably jailed; in other words, power is delivered with ultimate finesse and refinement.

The SSEi comes with a 3.8-liter, V-6 that develops 205 horsepower, up from the 170 horsepower available in standard Bonnevilles. The supercharger enables the engine to develop more power at lower speeds.

Pontiac claims the SSEi can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, though several magazines came up with different figures. Car And Driver tested a Bonneville in this month's issue and reported a 0-to-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds. However, in a similar test, Road & Track in November came up with a 0-to-60-mph time of 9.0 seconds.

In any case, that's impressive performance for a six-cylinder car that weighs nearly 3,700 pounds. Many V-8-powered sedans that weigh less can't outrun the SSEi. It is EPA-rated at 16 miles per gallon city, and 25 on the highway.

The Bonneville is a front-wheel-drive car, but it exhibits no torque steer, a trait of many high-powered front-wheel-drive cars. Torque steer is a slight pulling to the left or right when the car is accelerating.

You have no choice of transmissions in the SSEi. It comes one way: with GM's ultra-smooth shifting computer-controlled four-speed automatic.


The SSEi is clearly the best-handling sedan Pontiac has ever built.

The SSEi will carve up curves, stop, turn and erase bumps from the pavement with as much vigor as most imports.

The suspension is independent front and rear. The SSEi is not as stiff-riding as many other sports sedans, yet it is not bouncy over big bumps. It delivers a smooth, comfortable ride when driven normally. But the car is most rewarding when pushed hard.

A traction control system built into the drivetrain ensures that the front tires maintain maximum grip under full acceleration, regardless of the road condition.

The four-wheel disc brakes are equipped with the latest anti-lock system. They work well but could be given a little more stopping power.

The SSEi is equipped with an electronic variable-effort steering system, which may take a little extra muscle to operate in cold weather. I tested the SSEi in 30-degree temperatures in Detroit, where slow sharp turns in parking lots required a Hulk Hogan-like determination to execute.


The SSEi is every bit as interesting on the inside as on the outside.

For instance, the dash appears to have taken some of its cues from a jet fighter's cockpit. The instrument lights are red, and the analog gauges are large, round and easy to read.

There's also a dash-mounted electronic compass.

The SSEi features what Pontiac calls the HUD, or Heads Up Display. This device projects the vehicle's speed onto the lower left portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver. The small numbers can be adjusted for brightness or turned off. HUD allows drivers to monitor their speed without taking their eyes off the road.

Only one option was installed on the test car: $779 leather bucket seats. The comfortable and supportive seats are the best in any GM car, excluding the $60,000 Cadillac Allante.

The interior does have a flaw, however: the confusing array of console-mounted buttons that control the electrically adjustable seats. There are nine buttons - arranged in three rows. There must be a simpler way. Looking at row upon row of seat adjustments is confusing.

Other controls, for the windshield wipers, cruise control and headlights, are standard-issue GM components that work well and are easy to use.

Visibility is good, front and rear, although the rear headrests do protrude slightly into the line of sight.

Five passengers and a load of cargo fit into the SSEi. The trunk has a net on the outer edge that holds small parcels in place, a nice touch.

The SSEi comes with driver-and passenger-side air bags.

Limited production, along with high performance and powerful styling, are some of the ingredients of a classic. For 1992, Pontiac is on track to build about 107,000 Bonnevilles, according to general manager John Middlebrook. The SSEi will account for about 8,700 of those.


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Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars

Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars

Pontiac is one of the iconic muscle car brands with excellent products to back its reputation. Though other brands had made efforts to overshadow it in the industry, the brand was still a class muscle car manufacturer to always remember in the industry. It is also important to mention that GM has ended the division in 2010.

Although there have been muscle cars around before the release of the GTO in 1964, Pontiac was still a famous manufacturer of muscle cars. Other than the GTO, Pontiac has released several classic muscles car.

This article looks into the top 7 classic Pontiac muscle cars:

  • 1. Pontiac Bonneville
  • 2. Pontiac Catalina 421 “Swiss Cheese”
  • 3. Pontiac GTO
  • 4. Pontiac Banshee I
  • 5. Pontiac Catalina 2+2
  • 6. Pontiac GTO Judge
  • 7. Pontiac Firebird 400

7Pontiac Firebird 400

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: Firebird 400

Pontiac Firebird 400 was one of the top Pontiac muscle cars in the market. It was equipped with a 400 V8, rated at 320 Hp. This rating triggered the muscle car lovers to question the automaker why it would rate the 400 V8 engine at 320 while the same engine in the GTO earned a rating of 365.

Though there was no official response from the automaker, the answer to the question was later revealed through a study. The study found that the Firebird 400 weighed 3,300 pounds. Pontiac rated the engine at 320 HP to meet GM's '1 Hp per pound’ rule. Regardless of the rating, the Firebird 400 came as one of the fastest cars in town during its time and was backed with the optional Ram Air induction system.

6Pontiac GTO Judge

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: GTO Judge

The first set of muscle cars carried a low price tag to be an excellent choice for those on low budgets. However, since everyone saw the potential and the need to own a muscle car, there was a high demand, and the price continued to soar high. This high price triggered a need for a muscle car at a more affordable price, and Pontiac came as a savor when it released the GTO Judge.

Though it was inexpensive, it was fun and fast. The classic muscle car was released in 1969 and quickly became a popular muscle car. The name was borrowed from a popular TV show, and this contributed to its quick traction. Another factor to why GTO Judge was loved during its era was its design and performance, which could be credited to its powerful engine of 366 HP and a four-speed transmission.

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5Pontiac Catalina 2+2

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: Catalina 2+2

While every enthusiast wanted to own the famous GTO for its powerful engine, performance, and great styling, it wasn’t the only stellar muscle car coming from the automaker back in the days.

One of the pure muscle cars to contend with GTO in the 1960s was the Catalina 2+2 released in 1965. During this time, GM’s rule was, only a full-size muscle car could feature engines over 400 CID. With this, the Catalina 2+2 was equipped with the famous 421 V8 engine with a Tri-Power intake system.

4Pontiac Banshee I

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: Banshee I

Another car that shouldn’t miss any list of the top classic muscle cars is the Pontiac Banshee. Though the GTO was the talk of the day back in the days for its excellent performance, the automaker had something better in mind to offer. Later on, the brand came up with a mind-blowing offer, which they named “Banshee”.

Though the Banshee had a line-up of concept cars, the Banshee I was the first concept car to influence production models. The vehicle was released in 1964 and featured a powerful engine, compact dimensions, and a lightweight body.

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3Pontiac GTO

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: GTO

The Pontiac GTO came at a time when the new generation of buyers wanted fast and powerful cars. The GTO's incredible performance served as the car’s marketing tool, with which it gained traction in the industry and sales on the market.

This muscle car came in two versions: one with a high performance 396 V8 engine that delivered 325 HP and the other with the infamous Tri-Power form that delivered 348 HP.

The car featured a manual transmission, dual exhausts, unique trim, and GTO decals. With these and many other features, the GTO was one of the best lightweight and quickest muscle cars on the market in the 1960s.

2Pontiac Catalina 421 “Swiss Cheese”

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: Catalina 421

The Catalina 421 was one of the big names in car racing. Though the car didn’t have the best record in the NHRA championship, its reputation in NASCAR still speaks for it today. Generally, Catalina was one of the most sought-after two-door muscle cars in its day.

The car, which featured a 421 V8 engine, was a heavy one with low performance. Realizing this, to shave some pounds, the manufacturer decided to manufacture some of the parts with aluminum. These parts included the fenders, hood, and bumpers, and this decision helped cut back 159 pounds off the car.

The engineers also drilled some holes in the car's frame to shave more pounds, which earned it the nickname “Swiss Cheese”. This new weight, plus the high compression 421 V8 engine that delivered 410 HP, helped improve the car’s performance.

1Pontiac Bonneville

Top 7 Classic Pontiac Muscle Cars: Bonneville

The Bonneville was released in 1958 as a two-door muscle car with high performance. Featuring a 370 CID V8 engine that delivered 225 HP in its base form, the Tri-Power option delivered a whopping 300 HP, while the line fuel-injected option produced 310 HP.

This engine earned the 1958 Bonneville a position on the list of the most powerful and fastest muscle cars in town back then. Bonneville was widely accepted when introduced to the market and gained over 12,000 buyers.

Though not well-recognized in the industry, today, knowledgeable enthusiasts still acknowledge the car for its performance reputation, which was a pointer of what to expect from the GTO and muscle models.

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Pontiac Bonneville

Motor vehicle

The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by Pontiac from 1957 to 2005. Bonnevilles were full-sized, with the exception of a brief period of mid-size between 1982 and 1986. The brand was introduced as a limited production performance convertible during the 1957 model year. The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981), and its platform partner, the Grand Ville, are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built; in station wagon body styles they reached just over 230 inches (5.8 m) long, and at 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) and more were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time. They were also used as a basis for various specialty cars such as hearses.

Early development[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Bonneville name first appeared in 1954 on a pair of bubble-topped GM Motoramaconcept cars called the Bonneville Special, sharing an appearance with the Chevrolet Corvette.

It entered the production lineup as a high-performance, fuel-injected luxury convertible version of the Star Chief in 1957, and was loaded with every available option as standard equipment to include leather upholstery, power adjustable front seat, power windows, power steering, power brakes and power convertible top with the exception of air conditioning and a continental kit.[2] This put the Bonneville in a Cadillac-like price range of US$5,782 ($53,278 in 2020 dollars [3]) - more than double the base price of the Chieftain on which it was built, with the result being a fully equipped Bonneville could cost more than a larger, entry-level Cadillac. Only 630 units were produced that first year, making it one of the most collectible Pontiacs of all time and was introduced to compete with the Chrysler 300C.[1] The following year it became a separate model, and it would endure until 2005 as the division's top-of-the-line model. The name was taken from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the site of much early auto racing and most of the world's land speed record runs, which was named in turn after U.S. Army officer Benjamin Bonneville.

First generation (1958)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Bonneville became a separate model in 1958,[4] available as a two-door hardtop or a convertible. It paced the Indianapolis 500 in its first year. As a separate model Bonneville had a significantly lower price tag of around $3,000 thanks to the demotion of most of the luxury items found on the 1957 Star Chief bodystyle from standard equipment to the option list. Also a 255 hp (190 kW) 369.4 cu in (6,053 cc) V8, marketed as a "370", with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts was now standard equipment.[1] The fuel-injection system offered with the standard engine on the 1957 Star Chief bodystyle was now listed as an extra cost option but very few 1958 Bonnevilles were so equipped due to a towering option price tag of US$500 ($4,485 in 2020 dollars [3]), which was not considered a very good value considering that for US$93.50, a more reliable Tri-Power option was available with three Rochester two-barrel carburetors and similar power.[5] The Tri-Power produces a claimed 300 hp (224 kW), the fuel injected version 310 hp (231 kW). The retail price dropped from the previous year to US$3,481 ($32,076 in 2020 dollars [3]) for the coupe and US$3,586 ($33,043 in 2020 dollars [3]) for the convertible adding leather interior and a power operated convertible top.[1]

For 1958, GM was promoting their fiftieth year of production, and introduced Anniversary models for each brand; Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet.[6] The 1958 models shared a common appearance on the top models for each brand; Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Limited Riviera, Oldsmobile Starfire 98, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the all-new Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala. 1958 was also the year the "Silver Streak" styling feature was no longer offered, which was first used in 1933.[1]

Second generation (1959–1960)[edit]

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1960 Pontiac Bonneville

Model years1959–1960
AssemblyPontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
Wentzville, Missouri, U.S.
Body style2-door convertible
2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
4-door hardtop
LayoutFR layout
Engine389CID Tempest 420 300 hp V8[1]
Transmission3-speed manual; Super Hydra-Matic[7]
Wheelbase124 in (3,150 mm)[1]
Length220.7 in (5,606 mm)
Width80.7 in (2,050 mm)
Curb weight4,086 lb (1,853 kg)

In its third year, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series with the addition of the four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles. The Bonneville played an important part that year in the introduction of two of Pontiac's greatest marketing inspirations — the split grille and the Wide Track slogan. The latter was not just ad copy, either, as Pontiac pushed its wheels further out toward the fenders than anyone else and created what were considered to be the best-cornering full-size cars in the industry. Both the grille design and the Wide Track phrase remained part of Pontiac's image up to its termination. A "Safe-T-Track" differential, used to minimize wheel spin, was an option beginning in 1959.[8]

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Safari

Third generation (1961–1964)[edit]

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Third generation
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1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

Model years1961–1964
AssemblyPontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
Body style2-door convertible
2-door hardtop
4-door hardtop
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
LayoutFR layout
RelatedBuick LeSabre
Chevrolet Impala
Oldsmobile Starfire 88
Engine389 cu in (6.4 L) V8
421 cu in (6.9 L)
Transmission3-speed manual; 4-speed manual; Hydra-Matic[9]
Wheelbase123 in (3,124 mm)[10]
Length218.9 in (5,560 mm)
Width78.7 in (1,999 mm)
1961 Pontiac Bonneville Tri-Power Sports Coupe
1962 Pontiac Bonneville Custom Safari
1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1964 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupé
Pontiac eight-lug rim. Full-size Pontiacs from 1960 to 1968 were available with these unique, eight-bolt rims with exposed finned-aluminum brake drums which aided brake cooling compared to the standard iron drum enclosed by a steel wheel.[11]

The Bonneville remained Pontiac's costliest and most luxurious model throughout the 1960s and was instrumental in pushing Pontiac to third place in sales from 1962 to 1970.

The distinctive protruding grille made its appearance on all Pontiac products during the early 1960s, and was a modern revival of a similar appearance on Pontiac products during the 1930s and early 1940s, as demonstrated on the Pontiac Torpedo.

The Bonneville differed from its lesser Catalina and Star Chief counterparts by featuring more luxurious interior trim with upgraded cloth and Morrokide vinyl or expanded Morrokide upholstery in sedans and coupes, expanded Morrokide in Safari wagons and genuine leather seating in convertibles. Bonnevilles (with the exception of Bonneville Safari station wagons) were also (along with Star Chiefs) built on a longer wheelbase version of GM's B-Body. Also found in the Bonneville were instrument panels and door panels with walnut veneer trim, carpeted lower door panels, grab bar on the passenger side of the dash and courtesy lights and a rear arm rest. Beginning in 1964, a Bonneville Brougham option package was available that included an even more luxurious interior trim level with front and rear seats featuring center armrests, upgraded door panels and a standard Cordova (vinyl) roof with "Brougham" nameplates. The two-door hardtop was marketed as the "Sports Coupe", the four door pillarless models were called "Vistas".

Bonneville models were standard equipped with Hydra-Matic (through 1964) or Turbo Hydra-Matic (1965-on) automatic transmissions. Options included power steering and power brakes as well as air conditioning. Other popular options included power windows, power seats, radio, cruise control, and 8-lug aluminum wheels that included integral brake drums for improved stopping power. The Bonneville, also, had more powerful standard V8 engines than other full-sized Pontiacs, including the 389 cu in (6.4 l) or 400 cu in (6.6 l) V8s with four-barrel carburetors (power ratings of 303 to 340 hp (226 to 254 kW) depending on year) with many optional V8 offerings, such as the availability of the Tri-Power (three two-barrel carburetor) options on both the 389 cu in (6.4 l) and 421 cu in (6.9 l) V8s that offered up to 376 hp (280 kW) through 1966. For 1963 only <1963 Pontiac shop manual>, Pontiac offered the 421 cu in (6.9 l) Super Duty with two four-barrel carburetors, rated at 425 hp (317 kW), as a US$2,250 option (when the base Bonneville listed at US$3,349).[12]

Fourth generation (1965–1970)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation
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1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Model years1965–1970
AssemblyPontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
Body style2-door convertible
2-door hardtop
4-door hardtop
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
LayoutFR layout
RelatedBuick LeSabre
Chevrolet Impala
Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
Engine389 cu in (6.4 L) V8
421 cu in (6.9 L) V8
400 cu in (6.6 L) V8
428 cu in (7.0 L) V8
455 cu in (7.5 L) V8
Transmission3-speed speed synchromesh manual
4-speed synchromesh manual
3 Speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 Automatic
Wheelbase124 in (3,150 mm)
Length222.6 in (5,654 mm)
Width79.7 in (2,024 mm)
1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1966 Pontiac Bonneville 4-Door Hardtop
1967 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop Coupe
1968 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
1970 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

In 1965 B-Body Pontiacs received a dramatic restyle, featuring fastback rooflines on coupes, rakish fender lines and even more pronounced "Coke Body" styling. Bonnevilles followed largely the same styling cues as on other 1965 Pontiacs, but was 8 inches longer thanks to its new 124-inch wheelbase chassis. The interior featured new instrumentation and dashboard styling as well as new upholstery.

Engine options remained unchanged from the 1964 model year, with a389 cu in (6.4 L), 333 hp unit being standard, equipped with a Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetor. A 421 cu in (6.9 L) engine was an optional upgrade. Both engines had choices of Tri-Power multi-carburetion setups and higher compression ratios.[13]

New for Pontiacs in 1965 was GM's Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission, which was released the year prior. This new 3-speed unit had a torque converter, unlike the old fluid-coupling based Super-Hydramatic featured on past Bonneville models. The new transmission also changed the shift pattern from "P-N-D-S-L-R" to a safer and ultimately more modern "P-R-N-D-S-L."

In 1965 Pontiac Motor Division received the Motor Trend "Car of the Year" award. As part of this award, Motor Trend reviewed GTO, Grand Prix, Catalina 2+2 and Bonneville.[14]

In 1966, Bonneville featured a minor update, with new front and rear sheet metal, trim and bright work. The interior saw some updates, including a more squared-up dashboard and minor changes in instrumentation. Powertrain components were the same as 1965.

Bonneville for 1967 received a major update over the previous years. Styling was changed dramatically and featured a new grille-in-bumper front design, more creases to accentuate the "Coke body" styling and an updated rear fascia. The interior featured a new wrap around style dash with new switchgear, instrumentation and trim. As per the up-and-coming US Title 49 legislation, 67' Bonnevilles were equipped with seatbelts as standard, as well as other government mandated safety equipment.

1967 also saw a large power-train and chassis refresh for Pontiac. The 389 cubic inch plant was replaced with 400 cu in (6.6 L) one, and the 421 cubic inch plant was replaced with a 428 cu in (7.0 L) one. As per GM's internal edict, the multi-carburation setups found on earlier cars were replaced with the new Quadra Jet "spread bore" carburetor. Carter AFB carburetors were still standard, but the Quadra Jet was featured as the new "High performance" upgrade. A myriad of horsepower ratings were optional. A dual-circuit master cylinder was standard as per legislation and disc brakes became an optional extra.[15]

1968 also saw a large styling update for Bonneville. The front fascia was heavily revised with new side-by-side headlights, however, the side and rear styling stayed largely the same from 1967. The interior saw some minor updates to styling with less chrome, as well as an available 8-Track Tape player.

Power was upgraded to 340 horsepower on the base 400 CI engine, up from 333 on the 1967 model year, the 428 CI engine remained an option

In 1969 the rest of Bonneville's styling was updated. The front fascia stayed similar to 68', however, the rest of the car saw a restyle. The creases on the side were removed and the overall "Coke Bottle" effect was lessened. The rear end saw widened taillights and a color coded bumper insert. The interior saw even more updates, featuring more padding, wood trim and a slanted dashboard.

Power trains were upgraded to a standard 360 hp 428 CI engine.

1970 saw the most dramatic update to styling for Bonneville, featuring an entirely new front fascia, with more square features and an updated vertical twin grille design. Wrap around amber turn signals were integrated into the lower bumper. Side body lines remained similar to the 69' model year, however the rear design was completely revised with lowered tail lights and bumper, with a design more similar to that of 65' and 66' model years than those directly prior.

The interior was similar to the 1969 model year, retaining the slanted design and minimal chrome trim.

A new 455 cu in (7.5 L) V8 was made standard for the 1970 model year, with the 400 CI engine being an option.[16]

Fifth generation (1971–1976)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation
Pontiac Bonneville dutch licence registration 57-YB-55.JPG
Model years1971–1976
AssemblyPontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
Body style4-door hardtop
2-door coupe
4-door sedan
LayoutFR layout
RelatedBuick LeSabre
Chevrolet Impala
Pontiac Catalina/Laurentian
Chevrolet Bel Air
Chevrolet Caprice
Oldsmobile 88
Engine455 cu in (7.5 L) V8
400 cu in (6.6 L) V8
Wheelbase126 in (3,200 mm) (1971-72)[17]
124 in (3,150 mm) (1973-74)
123.4 in (3,134 mm) (1975-76)
Length226.2 in (5,745 mm)[17]
Width79.5 in (2,019 mm)[17]

For 1971, the Bonneville was downgraded in the model hierarchy, as a new top line Grand Ville series was introduced. In effect, it replaced the discontinued Executive above the lower-priced Catalina. The Bonneville had new "Monocoque" styling[18] and was offered in three body styles, a pillared four-door sedan, four-door hardtop sedan and two-door hardtop coupe. The standard engine for 1971-72 was a 455 cubic-inch V8 with two-barrel carburetor that was rated at 280 gross horsepower for 1971 and 185 net horsepower for 1972 and optionally available was the four-barrel version of the 455 rated at 325 gross horsepower in 1971 and 250 net horsepower in 1972. The on-paper power ratings reflect the change in power measurement undertaken by the industry for 1972. 1971 was also the first year for Pontiac and other GM divisions to reduce compression ratios on all engines across the board to operate on lower-octane regular leaded, low-lead or unleaded gasoline, reflecting a corporate edict anticipating the introduction of catalytic converters in 1975 to help meet increasing stringent federal (and California) emission requirements.

In mid-1971, a Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, power steering and power front-disc brakes became standard equipment on Bonneville and other full-sized Pontiacs (as well as other full-sized GM cars).

From 1973 to 1976, the Bonneville's standard engine dropped to a 170-horsepower 400 cubic-inch V8. Optionally available was the 455 four-barrel V8 rated at 250 horsepower (186 kW) in 1973 and 1974 and 200 in 1975 and 1976. In 1973, Bonneville was the only full-sized Pontiac to offer a "Radial Tuned Suspension" option package which included the steel-belted radial tires along with an upgraded suspension with Pliacell shock absorbers and front and rear sway bars. The RTS option was expanded for 1974 to all full-sized Pontiacs and radial-ply tires became standard on all 1975 models though an upgraded "RTS" package was still available as an option.

1975 saw the end of the pillarless two-door hardtop model, replaced by a coupe with frameless door glass but with a thick "B" pillar and fixed rear "opera" window. The 1975 model year introduced rectangular headlights - its frontal appearance was similar to the Cadillac DeVilles and Fleetwoods of the same era.

With the demise of the Grand Ville series after 1975, Bonneville once again became the top-line full-sized Pontiac series, with a Bonneville Brougham model featuring the luxurious interior appointments from the departed Grand Ville.

Adjustable pedals were optional in 1976, the last year the Bonneville was offered as a pillarless 4-door hardtop; all subsequent Bonnevilles would have a thick B-pillar and metal-framed door glass.[19]

Size comparison between 1974 and 1984 full-size Pontiac sedans

1974 Pontiac Bonneville 1984 Pontiac Parisienne
Wheelbase124 in (3,150 mm)116.0 in (2,946 mm)
Overall length226.0 in (5,740 mm)212.0 in (5,385 mm)
Width79.6 in (2,022 mm)75.2 in (1,910 mm)
Height54.2 in (1,377 mm)56.4 in (1,433 mm)
Front headroom38.9 in (988 mm)39.5 in (1,003 mm)
Front legroom42.3 in (1,074 mm)42.2 in (1,072 mm)
Front hip room62.0 in (1,575 mm)55.0 in (1,397 mm)
Front shoulder room64.3 in (1,633 mm)60.6 in (1,539 mm)
Rear headroom38.0 in (965 mm)38.2 in (970 mm)
Rear legroom38.8 in (986 mm)38.9 in (988 mm)
Rear hip room61.9 in (1,572 mm)55.7 in (1,415 mm)
Rear shoulder room63.5 in (1,613 mm)60.5 in (1,537 mm)
Luggage capacity19.5 cu ft (552 L)20.8 cu ft (589 L)

Sixth generation (1977–1981)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Bonneville would continue its flagship duties on the downsized big car line that was introduced for 1977. Bonnevilles (and Catalinas) were 14 inches (360 mm) shorter in length, over four inches (102 mm) narrower and 800 pounds lighter compared to their 1976 counterparts, but had increased headroom, rear seat legroom and trunk space, and much-improved fuel economy – a major selling point in the years following the 1973-74 energy crisis.

Only a pillared four-door sedan and two-door coupe (with optional opera windows) were offered as the hardtop sedans and coupes offered in previous years were discontinued across the board at all GM divisions. The Bonneville also regained the Safari station wagon as part of its model lineup for the first time since 1970 with woodgrained exterior trim and interior appointments shared with Bonneville coupes and sedans. The Safari was available in both 6 and 9-passenger configurations and featured a dual-action tailgate that could be opened to the side as a door or downward as a tailgate, rather than the disappearing clamshell tailgates found in 1971-76 full-sized Pontiac wagons.

Rear view of a 1978 Bonneville sedan
1980-81 Pontiac Bonneville 2-door coupe

For 1980, all GM B-bodies received revised styling and aerodynamic improvements along with reduced weight.

The standard engine for Bonneville was Pontiac's new 301 cubic-inch V8 rated at 135 horsepower (101 kW) and optional engines included a 170-horsepower 350 or 180-horsepower 400 cubic-inch V8. A 185-horsepower Oldsmobile 403 cubic inch V8 was also an option. In later years, increasingly stringent fuel-economy standards mandated by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations would lead to the discontinuation of the larger engines with a 231 cubic-inch Buick V6 becoming the standard engine on Bonneville coupes and sedans for 1980 and 1981 with the only optional V8s offered including 265 and 301 cubic-inch Pontiac-built gasoline engines or an Oldsmobile-built 350 cid diesel powerplant.

The Bonneville and Catalina, already the smallest-selling of GM's B-body line, suffered a serious drop in demand following the economic recession that began in the spring of 1979. With that, GM decided to pull the plug at the end of the 1981 model year. Along with them went the 301 engine, marking the end of Pontiac V8s. From now on, the division would use Chevrolet engines.

Seventh generation (1982–1986)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Bonneville nameplate didn't go anywhere following the discontinuation of full-sized Pontiacs and instead was simply swapped onto the midsized LeMans, which also suffered from poor sales, thus GM planners reasoned that attaching a more well-known model name to it would spark demand. This model had been produced since 1978 along with its siblings the Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Buick Century, and sported a Buick 231 cid V6, Chevrolet 305 cid V8, or Oldsmobile 350 cid diesel V8. (A Buick 4.1 liter V6 was available in 1982.) The 1982-1986 models were officially known as the Pontiac Bonneville Model G (built on the GM "G" platform), although later models were not badged as such. Styling was revised to bear a closer resemblance to the departed B-body Bonneville and coupes were dropped. GM also began marketing the Bonneville in Canada for the first time starting in 1984 (1982 and 1983 Canadian models carried the Grand LeMans name), as GM's full-size Bonnevilles in Canada were referred to as Parisienne.

While the previous LeMans, on which the new Bonneville was based, was classified as an A-Body, introduction of GM's new front wheel drive A-bodies (e.g. Pontiac 6000) in 1982 prompted the change to "Model G" on these RWD cars. 1983 was the last year for the G-body station wagon as the Pontiac 6000's wagon replaced it. The Bonneville sedan continued in base, Limited Edition (LE), and Brougham versions through 1986. The 1982-1986 Bonnevilles are direct descendants of the 1964 Pontiac Tempest. These 1982-1986 Bonnevilles were the smallest and the last of the old breed of Bonnevilles, having rear wheel drive, full perimeter frame (body on frame), and old-fashioned American car ride and styling.

Rear view of Bonneville "Model G"

Some Pontiac customers did not take to the "downsized" Bonneville as a portion of new-car buyers were switching their preferences from compact and mid-sized cars back to full-sized, V8-powered cars thanks to improving gasoline prices. Late in the 1983 model year, Pontiac reintroduced a full-sized car to the American market by bringing over the Canadian-built Pontiac Parisienne (which was essentially a restyled Chevrolet Caprice and powered by ChevroletV6 or V8 engines). The Bonneville was then again one notch below the top of the line from late 1983 through 1986.

However, exactly as before, a downsizing proved its salvation. In 1987, the Parisienne was discontinued and the Bonneville was completely redesigned as a front-wheel drive car, rejoining its pre-1982 platform mates: the Buick LeSabre and Oldsmobile Delta 88 and it regained its status as the senior Pontiac.

Eighth generation (1987–1991)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Eighth generation
1989 Pontiac Bonneville LE, front left.jpg
Model years1987–1991
AssemblyYpsilanti, Michigan, U.S. 1986–1989 (early)
Wentzville, Missouri, U.S. 1989 (late)–1991
DesignerIrvin Rybicki (1983)[22]
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
RelatedBuick LeSabre
Oldsmobile 88
Engine3.8L LG3BuickV6


  • Years Used: 1987–1988
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •RPO/VIN: LG3/3
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 150 hp (112 kW) at 4400 rpm
  •  •Torque: 210 lb⋅ft (285 N⋅m) at 2200 rpm
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
  •  •Fuel System:SFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.5:1
  •  •Aspiration: Normal
3.8L LN3 3800 BuickV6


  • Years Used: 1988–1991
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: LN3/C
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 165 hp (123 kW) at 4400 rpm
  •  •Torque: 220 lb⋅ft (298 N⋅m) at 2800 rpm
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
  •  •Fuel System:MPFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.5:1
  •  •Aspiration: Normal
Transmission4-speed THM440T4 automatic
Wheelbase110.8 in (2,814 mm)
Length198.7 in (5,047 mm)
1987–89 SE: 198.3 in (5,037 mm)
1990–91 SSE: 198.6 in (5,044 mm)
Width1987–89: 72.4 in (1,839 mm)
1990–91: 72.1 in (1,831 mm)
Height1987–89 LE & SE: 55.5 in (1,410 mm)
1987–89 SSE: 54.7 in (1,389 mm)
1990–91 LE & SE: 54.1 in (1,374 mm)
1990–91 SSE: 54.6 in (1,387 mm)
Curb weightLE 3,325 lb (1,508 kg)
SE 3,413 lb (1,548 kg)
SSE 3,601 lb (1,633 kg)
Rear view of a 1987 Pontiac Bonneville SE

For 1987, Pontiac decided to change the car from the rear wheel drive G-body with the V8 to the more economical front wheel drive one-year-old H Body platform with the Buick LeSabre and Oldsmobile 88. Initially, a 150 hp (112 kW) 3.8 L V6 was the sole engine, mated to a four-speed Hydramatic 4T60 automatic and performance was adequate from this pairing. The new Bonneville was placed on Car & Driver's “10 Best” list for 1987, offering both a base model and LE model. For LE models, an SSE sport package was also available that featured a quicker gear ratio, sportier suspension and more standard features, as the Bonneville was intended to have a more sporty, European flavor than the LeSabre and 88.

A host of trim level changes and a new engine became standard for the front wheel drive Bonneville's second year. First, for the 1988 model year, Pontiac replaced the LG3 with a revised version of the same engine platform, with an increase of 10 hp and 10 ft⋅lbf (14 N⋅m) of torque. This engine has the RPO code of LN3 and is the first time the Buick 3.8 is called the 3800 V6. Other models on the H-body platform were fitted with the updated engine one year later, in 1989. The LN3 was used through 1991, until the Bonneville was once again redesigned for the 1992 model year. It features sequential-port fuel injection, the LN3 produced 165 hp (123 kW) and 210 lb⋅ft (285 N⋅m). Also new for 1988, the base model is dropped making LE the base model. Two new models are added, the midlevel SE (went from option package to trim) and line-topper SSE. The latter features an extra deep rear valence, a spoiler, lower body cladding, a digital compass/trip computer, an eight speaker premium sound system and much more. One notable feature of the SSE was the addition of automatic leveling rear air suspensions, which also included an inflator in the trunk. For 1989, a compact disc player became optional and in 1989 a remote keyless entry system was added to the options list for all 1990 models. A facelift was also introduced for the Bonneville in the 1990 model year, with revisions to the grille & headlights. Suspension revisions were introduced in 1990 for the 1991 model year.

A grey 1990 Pontiac Bonneville SSE.

Pontiac also revised the trim levels for the remainder of this generation, removing the base trim (only used for 1987), keeping the LE went from being the top to the base trim, and adding the SE and SSE trims which were then available with many more comfort and convenience options standard such as, electronic climate control, a digital compass, Driver Information Center, 8-way (14-way for the SSE according to GM material) power leather seats, heated power mirrors, CD player with the premium sound package and many more. The SSE trim was exclusively equipped with an exterior sport appearance package that included body cladding, assorted ground effects, a body color grille and removal of the Bonneville door badges and Pontiac trunk badge, replacing the Bonneville trunk badge with an SSE Bonneville badge; in 1990, the taillights were revised to include amber rear turn signal indicators.

The interior of a Bonneville SSE. It features the Driver Information Center, automatic climate control and the Delco UT4 stereo.
1987 53,91269,904
1988 72,85920,87214,832
1989 66,63615,94413,056
1990 55,92616,85413,064
1991 34,4052,7345,665

Ninth generation (1992–1999)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Ninth generation
1992-1993 Pontiac Bonneville.jpg
Model years1992–1999
AssemblyWentzville, Missouri, U.S. May 1991–1993
Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S. 1993–July 1995
Flint, Michigan, U.S. July 1995–June 29, 1999
DesignerJohn Folden (1988)[23][24][25][26][27]
Wayne Cherry (facelift: 1993)
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
RelatedBuick LeSabre
Oldsmobile 88
Oldsmobile LSS
Engine3.8L Series I L27 V6


  • Years used: 1992–1994
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series I 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L27/L
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 170 hp (127 kW) @ 4800 rpm
  •  •Torque: 225 lb⋅ft (305 N⋅m) @ 3200 rpm
  •  •Fuel type: gasoline
  •  •Fuel system:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 9.0:1
  •  •Aspiration: normal
3.8L Series I L67 V6


  • Years used: 1992–1993
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series I supercharged 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L67/1
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 205 hp (153 kW) @ 4400 rpm
  •  •Torque: 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 2600 rpm
  •  •Fuel type: gasoline
  •  •Fuel system:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.0:1
  •  •Aspiration: supercharged
3.8L Series I L67 V6


  • Years used: 1994–1995
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series I supercharged 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L67/1
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 225 hp (168 kW) @ 5000 rpm
  •  •Torque: 275 lb⋅ft (373 N⋅m) @ 3200 rpm
  •  •Fuel type: gasoline
  •  •Fuel system:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.0:1
  •  •Aspiration: supercharged
3.8L Series II L36 V6


  • Years used: 1995–1999
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series II 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L36/K
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 205 hp (153 kW) @ 5200 rpm
  •  •Torque: 230 lb⋅ft (312 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
  •  •Fuel type: gasoline
  •  •Fuel system:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 9.4:1
  •  •Aspiration: normal
3.8L Series II L67V6


  • Years used: 1996–1999
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series II supercharged 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L67/1
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 240 hp (179 kW) @ 5200 rpm
  •  •Torque: 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm
  •  •Fuel type: gasoline
  •  •Fuel system:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.5:1
  •  •Aspiration: supercharged
Transmission1992–97: 4-speed 4T60-Eautomatic
1992–96: 4-speed 4T60E-HD auto
1998–99: 4-speed 4T65-E automatic
1997–99: 4-speed 4T65E-HD automatic
Wheelbase110.8 in (2,814 mm)
Length1992–95 SE: 199.5 in (5,067 mm)
1992–95 SSE & 1992–93 SSEi: 201.1 in (5,108 mm)
1996–97 SE: 201.7 in (5,123 mm)
1996–99 SSE: 203.1 in (5,159 mm)
1998–99 SE: 202.0 in (5,131 mm)
Width1992–97: 74.5 in (1,892 mm)
1998–99: 74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Height55.7 in (1,415 mm)
1998–99 SSE: 56.0 in (1,422 mm)
Curb weight3446-3588 lb
1995 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

Unveiled on February 8, 1991, at the 1991 Chicago International Auto Show and launched in July 1991 for the 1992 model year, the interior and exterior of the car were completely redesigned. Developed over a 4+1⁄2-year period from 1986 to early 1991 under program director Dave Mitchell, styling work took place from 1987 to 1988, with a final design by John Folden being chosen in 1988 and frozen for production that same year. The first prototypes were built in 1989 and went into testing in mid-1989. In August 1990, production preparation began, with early production "builds" being constructed during late 1990. The first series production models were assembled in May 1991, with SE variants being launched in July 1991.[28]

The trims were redone once again, the LE trim (which had standard six-passenger seating) was removed, the SE was now the base model (the only model to offer six-passenger seating as an option), the SSE was now the mid grade and a new top of the line trim was now added, the SSEi, which received a standard passenger-side airbag. According to GM's Pontiac division, these trim acronyms have no implied meaning.

The base and midlevel models were provided with GM's naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6, while the SSEi received the supercharged version. All engines came paired with a 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. SSEi models got dual airbags and antilock brakes. SE and SSE models made due with a driver-side airbag and optional ABS. This generation hosted quite a few Bonneville firsts, becoming quicker and considerably safer. One of the most notable improvements over the previous generation was that the Bonneville SE now came standard with a driver airbag and was the first General Motors product equipped with a passenger airbag, while ABS was available as part of the sport appearance package. The SSE models came with standard ABS and traction control.

The new N/A 3800 Series I (RPO: L27) engine was used, producing 170 hp (127 kW) and 225 lbf⋅ft (305 N⋅m), as well as the newly designed force inducted Series I 3800 (RPO: L67) equipped with an Eaton M62 roots type supercharger which made 205 hp (153 kW) and 260 lbf⋅ft (353 N⋅m). The newly revised N/A L27, for the 1992 model year only, was not equipped with an EGR Valve, and can be distinguished by its white intake manifold, as opposed to black from 1993 and on. Abridged safety options list:

ABS Traction control Driver airbag Passenger airbag
92 SE Optional (SLE) Optional Standard N/A
92 SSE Standard Optional Standard Optional
92 SSEi Standard Standard Standard Standard
93 SE Standard Optional Standard Optional
93 SSE Standard Optional Standard Optional
93 SSEi Standard Standard Standard Standard
94 SE Standard Optional Standard Standard
94 SSE Standard Optional Standard Standard
94 SSEi Standard Standard Standard Standard
95 SE Standard Optional Standard Standard
95 SSE Standard Optional Standard Standard
95 SSEi Standard Standard Standard Standard

For 1993, the Sport Luxury Edition (SLE RPO: H4U) was offered. This is essentially an SE sub-trim with more standard features such as leather seats, electronic climate control, automatic headlights, premium sound, and "crosslace" alloy wheels, though certain items such as electronic climate control and premium sound could be deleted from an SLE equipped car. This option package designation remained only on the RPO sticker until 1998, when SLE badges were added to the exterior of the vehicle. This continued onto the '99 model year. Many more standard options were available with the SSE. The SSEi came standard with most of the available options in the lower models, including the supercharged 3800 (RPO: L67).

For 1994, a new Generation III Eaton M62 supercharger came, along with new OBD-1.5 capabilities, raising the horsepower to 225 hp (168 kW), while torque was raised to 275 lbf⋅ft (373 N⋅m). Also, this year introduced the new five-spoke "Torque Star" wheels. A resonator also became standard on the exhaust to lower the raspy tone that the engine produces. Passenger airbags also became standard on all models.

For 1995, the car retained the same appearance, but the SE and SSE trims received a new naturally aspirated engine, the Series II (RPO: L36). This engine made 205 hp (153 kW) and 230 lbf⋅ft (310 N⋅m). The SSEi remained equipped with the Series I SC 3800 (RPO: L67) engine until the 1996 model year, when it too was updated.

In March 2008, GM announced that these engines and other GM engines supplied with Dexcool antifreeze coolant might be prone to intake manifold failure and other problems with the cooling system if proper regular maintenance is not correctly performed. After settlement of a class-action lawsuit, GM agreed to compensate owners of many vehicles that suffered damage, regardless of negligence on the part of the consumer, if the consumer can prove damages.[29]


1996-1999 Pontiac Bonneville photographed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
1996-1999 Pontiac Bonneville
Pontiac Bonneville Rear View

In September 1995, styling changes were introduced for the 1996 model year facelift. Some things were subtly reshaped, and other things, such as the tail lights, headlights, grille, and lower body cladding were drastically changed. The gap narrowed quite a bit regarding the exterior trim between packages. The previous generation showed an entirely different style of cladding and rear lighting for the SSE and SSEi, while this generation, at first glance, remains the same between the trims, with of course, the exception of the unique front bumper and grille. Also for 1996, the supercharged version of the 3800 Series II engine was introduced for the Bonneville. The SSEi and optionally the SSE got a new Eaton M90-supercharged L67, producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 280 lbf⋅ft (380 N⋅m). This engine was used from 1995 until it was retired from the Bonneville in 2003.

In 1997, Pontiac made a 40th Anniversary Edition to mark the 40th year of production of the Bonneville. Pontiac made six models: the SE, the 40th Anniversary SE, the SSE, the 40th Anniversary SSE, the SSEi, and the 40th Anniversary SSEi. The 40th Anniversary SSEi is the rarest model with a total production of 637 units. The 40th anniversary models all had a VIN with Y40. According to GM, all L67 equipped SE's are just SE's. But, it also means that in order to have this engine, they had to have RPO H4U: Sport Luxury Edition (SLE). But since this was not a model, it had no badging in 1995 (and supposedly not for 1996 and 1997), it was just an option for the SE. Since the L67 was not part of the SLE option, ordering an SE with H4U would get you the mini console in the headliner, the cobra head shifter, performance/normal shift selection buttons, leather interior, chrome delete side and bumper moldings, center shift console, and touring suspension—but no supercharger. But in order to get the supercharger in an SE, you had to also pay for the SLE option. The SLE optioned SE was supposed to compete with European sedans in appearance and performance, whereas the SSEi was to be more of an American muscle sedan. A new transmission, the 4T65-E was introduced in 1998 for the naturally aspirated 3800 installed in SE and SSE models, and the heavy-duty version, otherwise known as the 4T65E-HD was introduced in 1997 for the supercharged 3800 installed in the SSEi models.

Engine availability

  • 170 hp (130 kW) L27 - SE (92-94), SLE (93-94), SSE (92-94)
  • 205 hp (153 kW) L36 - SE (95-99), SLE (95-99), SSE (95-99)
  • 205 hp (153 kW) L67 - SSE (92-93) optional, SSEi (92-93)
  • 225 hp (168 kW) L67 - SLE (95) optional, SSEi (94-95)
  • 240 hp (180 kW) L67 - SLE (96-97) optional, SSE (97) optional, SSEi (96-99)

Tenth generation (2000–2005)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Tenth generation
Pontiac Bonneville -- 07-09-2009.jpg
ProductionMarch 1999 – May 27, 2005
Model years2000–2005
AssemblyLake Orion, Michigan, U.S. 2000–2003
Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S. 2003–2005
DesignerWayne Cherry (1996)
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformG platform[30]
RelatedOldsmobile Aurora
Buick LeSabre
Cadillac Seville
Engine3.8L Series II L36V6


  • Years Used: 2000–2005
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series II 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L36/K
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 205 hp (153 kW) @ 5200 rpm
  •  •Torque: 230 lb⋅ft (312 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
  •  •Fuel System:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 9.4:1
  •  •Aspiration: Normal
3.8L Series II L67V6


  • Years Used: 2000–2003
  •  •Family: GM Buick 90° V6
  •  •Model: Series II Supercharged 3800
  •  •RPO/VIN: L67/1
  •  •Displacement: 3,791 cc (231 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.40 in (86 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.80 in (97 mm)
  •  •Power: 240 hp (179 kW) @ 5000 rpm
  •  •Torque: 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) @ 3200 rpm
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
  •  •Fuel System:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 12V/OHV
  •  •Compression: 8.5:1
  •  •Aspiration: Supercharged
4.6L Northstar LD8V8


  • Years Used: 2004–2005
  •  •Family: GM Premium 90° V8
  •  •Model: Cadillac Northstar
  •  •RPO/VIN: LD8/Y
  •  •Displacement: 4,570 cc (279 cu in)
  •  •Stroke: 3.31 in (84 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.66 in (93 mm)
  •  •Power: 275 hp (205 kW) @ 5600 rpm
  •  •Torque: 300 lbf⋅ft (407 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
  •  •Fuel System:SEFI
  •  •Configuration: 32V/DOHC
  •  •Compression: 10.0:1
  •  •Aspiration: Normal
Transmission4-speed 4T65-E automatic
4-speed 4T65E-HD automatic
4-speed 4T80-E automatic
Wheelbase112.2 in (2,850 mm)
Length2000–01 SE: 202.5 in (5,140 mm)
2000–01 SLE & SSEi: 203.2 in (5,160 mm)
2002–05: 202.6 in (5,150 mm)
Width74.2 in (1,880 mm)
Height2000–01 SE: 56.0 in (1,420 mm)
2000–01 SLE & SSEi: 56.4 in (1,430 mm)
2002–05: 56.6 in (1,440 mm)
Curb weight3,596 lb (1,631 kg) (SE)
3,656 lb (1,658 kg) (SLE)
3,745 lb (1,699 kg) (SSEi)

The 2000 Bonneville was redesigned from the ground up with significant advancements in design, engineering and technology which Pontiac dubbed "luxury with attitude."[citation needed] The Bonneville was now built on GM'sG platform, but GM chose to continue to refer to it as the H platform.[30] Staying true to Pontiac's Wide Track heritage it had the widest overall track in its competitive class at 62.6 inches up front and 62.1 inches (1,580 mm) in the rear. GM's StabiliTrak stability control system was introduced on the top-of-the-line supercharged SSEi model, later replaced by the GXP.

The Bonneville regained a V8 option on the GXP trim for 2004, its first since 1986, as a result of the discontinuation of the Oldsmobile Aurora. This opened up a "hole" in the GM lineup between Pontiac and Buick, allowing Pontiac to expand upmarket somewhat. The engine is Cadillac's 4.6 L (280 cu in) Northstar V8, producing 275 hp (205 kW), 300 lbf⋅ft (410 N⋅m) and as Pontiac's website said, "With GXP, V8 power gets reintroduced into the Bonneville line in the form of the world-renowned 4.6 L (279 in³) Northstar V8 engine, giving 0 to 60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 6.5 seconds demonstrates better performance than BMW 330i and 530i, and Lexus ES. Its 3.7:1 final drive ratio is the most aggressive found on any car in its class."

Unlike most other American full-size sedans, the Bonneville did not come with a bench seat.

NHTSA crash tests for the 2005 Pontiac Bonneville resulted in a safety rating of 4-stars for the Driver and 5-stars for the Front Passenger.[31]

Rear view (2000-2003 SSEi)

For the last year of production, Pontiac gave the mid-level SLE the new GXP styling. The 2005 SLE featured all GXP styling cues, except the wheels, badging, muffler tips and engine all remained unique to the GXP.

2000 Pontiac Bonneville Salt Flats Custom Racer which set a 204 mph world record for a front wheel drive sedan on display in the Martin Auto Museum


GM announced on February 8, 2005, that the Bonneville would be dropped from Pontiac's lineup for 2006. The last Bonneville left the assembly line on May 27, 2005. Only about 12,000 Bonnevilles were sold in 2005. With more than half of Pontiac dealers also selling Buick models, the Buick Lucerne along with the Chevrolet Impala continued as GM's only mainstream full-size cars.


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