As the 1960s went on, mid-sized cars became increasingly popular as they were lighter and therefore responded better to modifications. However, the full-sized machines still had their fans, and that's why Pontiac persevered with their Catalina. The 2+2 performance package included uprated suspension comprising stiffer springs and shocks and thicker front anti-roll bar, a Safe-T-Track differential, and an uprated 42lei (6.8-liter) engine available in three states of tune. The first, rated at 338bhp (252kW), had a single four-barrel carb, while the other two had three-two barrel 'Tri-Power' carb manifolds. These gave out 356bhp (265kW) and 376bhp (280kW), the latter higher due to a less restrictive exhaust system. Though most people regard the GTO as Pontiac's ultimate muscle car, the Catalina remains one of the finest and most in demand.
Pontiac Catalina 2+2 (1965) Specifications
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