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Pontiac Bonneville (1959)


Pontiac Bonneville (1959)

A new style of longer and lower Pontiacs arrived in 1959, and they picked up the brand name from its lacklustre image. The Bonneville felt more sporty to drive compared to older models, thank to its lower seating position and ultra powerful online. To enhance the car's low stance, the wheels were down in size to 14 inches (355111m) and other styling touches included the now-famous Pontiac split grille, which has been virtually every model from the company since. While the main concentration at the time was on engine power and outward style, Pontiac did have one advance on the suspension and that was the use of coil springs at the rear instead of semi-elliptical units, which improved the ride significantly. While this car had Hie powerful 389ci (6.3-liter) unit, there was a Tri-Power set-up with three carbs B boost output to 345bhp (257kW), for a sub 7-second 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint.

Pontiac Bonneville (1959) Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.1 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:389 ci (6,374 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:450 lb ft (610 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,233 lb (1,924 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.54 km/I)
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