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Pontiac Bonneville (1960)


Pontiac Bonneville (1960)

The new long and lower Bonnevilles had been introduced in 1959 and were acclaimed for their slender, sporty looks and good road-holding. They carried on in similar mechanical guise for 1960, but this was the only year that, styling-wise, the Pontiacs didn't have the split grille. Underneath, the car used a X-braced chassis with unequal-length wishbone front suspension and a live rear axle. Changes were made to the rear suspension with the attachments points of the upper-control arms raised and given stiffer bushings to better locate the axle. Other changes to the drive train included a redesign of the bellhousing to lower the transmission tunnel and give an inch extra room inside the car. The standard engine was again the 389ci (6.3-liter) as in 1959, but the top option was the 10.5:1 compression unit which ran with a high-lift camshaft, less restrictive heads and a Tri-Power intake.

Pontiac Bonneville (1960) Specifications

Top speed:113 mph (181 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:389 ci (6,374 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:318 bhp (237 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:420 lb ft (569 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,070 lb (1,850 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.24 km/I)
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