1957 Pontiac Bonneville
Car for sale by RM Auctions Inc in Auburn, Indiana 46706
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
$140,000 - $180,000
- One of just 630 produced for 1957
- Unique model equipped with Rochester mechanical fuel injection
- An older restoration that presents beautifully
- 1994 AACA Senior Award winner
For the first time since the 1930s, gone was the trademark Silver Streak hood trim giving Pontiacs a much cleaner look. Pontiac general manager Semon E. Bunkie Knudsen likened them to suspenders and ordered them gone immediately after taking over the Pontiac division of General Motors. It was Knudsen who coined the phrase You can sell an old man a young mans car, but you cant sell a young man an old mans car. The divisions sales soared under his tutelage.
Introduced in January 1957, the new luxury Bonneville with Star-Flight styling became Knudsens flagship model, equipped with every power-operated feature imaginable at the time, along with a price to match. At $5,782, it was $1,000 more than a fuel-injected Corvette and more than twice the price of a Star Chief convertible. Power was supplied by a 315 hp, 347 cu. in. V-8 with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, affording a 0 60 mph time of 8.1 seconds. Only 630 were produced.
Like all 1957 Bonnevilles, this Kenya Ivory and Bonneville Red convertible is fully optioned, including power steering, brakes, windows, seat, antenna, signal-seeking radio, and Hydramatic transmission. It is fitted with a correct white convertible roof and charcoal-and-ivory leather interior as per the trim tag. It is also equipped with a complement of accessories, including a tissue dispenser, nail guards, dual spotlights, fender skirts, and continental kit. In the possession of the consignor for the last eight years, the Bonneville was restored in the late 1970s/early 1980s by the previous owner who secured the services of a marque expert.
While in the possession of the former owner, Jack Denlinger of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Bonneville received its AACA First Junior and Senior awards in 1994, along with the Bomgardner Award for the most outstanding restoration at the Hershey Fall Meet. Denlinger is well-known for his exacting and meticulous restorations. The consignor describes the car as still being in excellent condition, though an older restoration. It has been regularly exercised but used sparingly and never shown during their ownership.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.
Classic Car ID101282268
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