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Pontiac Ventura (1961)


Pontiac Ventura (1961)

Pontiac were at the forefront of muscle-car production, and nowhere was this more evident than with models such as the Ventura. And being one of the good-looking 'bubble top' cars produced at the time - so called because of their thin pillars and large glass area - the car is in demand as a classic today. It also has Pontiac's famous split grille, which is still used to the present day. This example is barely different from stock, with simple but effective changes to the rolling stock to improve handling and looks. Where it has seen dramatic change is under the hood, with a 1969 400ci (298kW) GTO engine fitted and tuned up for more power. The Ram Air option motor has been fitted with a free-flowing exhaust and the heads have been ported. This puts it in the 14-second range for the quarter-mile, enough lo surprise, thanks to the car's sneakily stock appearance.

Pontiac Ventura (1961) Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:400 ci (6,554 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:380 bhp (283 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:450 lb ft (610 Nm) @ 3,900 rpm
Weight:3,687 lb (1,676 kg)
Economy:11.8 mpg (4.17 km/I)
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