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Pontiac Catalina 2+2 (1965)


Pontiac Catalina 2+2 (1965)

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

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):7.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:421 ci (6,898 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:376 bhp (280 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:461 lb ft (625 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
Weight:3,748 lb (1,703 kg)
Economy:12mpg (4.24 km/I)
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