This 1963 Pontiac Catalina is a beautifully restored 2 door hardtop outfitted with fantastic performance-oriented and creature comfort options! By the late 50s and early 60s, Pontiac reinvented its reputation from a boring car that perhaps your parents drove and garnered quite a following of younger buyers who desired cars that offered impressive performance. In fact, in the early 60s, Pontiacs seemed to dominate on racetracks and drag strips around the country. Then, in 1963, Pontiacs parent company General Motors grounded Pontiacs high performance momentum to complete stop with GMs anti-racing edict issued in January 1963 that required Pontiac and the other GM divisions to abandon factory support for competition racing. Despite Pontiac no longer supporting high performance competitions and teams, the GM marque continued to offer performance-oriented options in 1963. Introduced on October 4, 1962, the 63 Pontiacs were marketed as being a true step up in style and luxury. This was especially true for the entry-level Catalinas which sported a number of styling updates. At the nose, the pair of headlights were rotated 90 degrees in a vertical alignment, straddling a new-look recessed split grille. The side profile of the Catalina also got a major facelift. The body lines were squarer than previous generations and simultaneously the roofline was also more angular, yielding a more modern and distinguished side silhouette. Wrapping up the new-look rear end were newly redesigned vertical stacked, wraparound taillights that straddled a redesigned decklid and decklid trim. This particular example comes with over 30 years of enthusiast ownership who clearly took great care of the car while under their stewardship. Under the hood on this 63 Catalina is 389 Cubic Inch V8 engine fed by a Tri-Power carburetor setup, consisting of three dual-barrel carburetors, that together were said to have created 313 horsepower when new. The Tri-Power 389 V8 is hooked up to a 4 speed manual transmission with a floor mounted shifter which makes this early Pontiac muscle car an absolute blast to drive and is just how this car came back in 1963. Exhaust exits the powerful Pontiac powerplant via a dual exhaust setup that generates a nice throaty sound out of the rear tailpipes. In addition to the factory performance options, this 1963 Pontiac Catalina is loaded with wonderful comfort options! With power steering, maneuvering this 63 Pontiac in and out of a tight space at the local car show or drive-in is almost effortless and the overall driving experience is much improved. With power brakes, bringing this 63 Catalina hardtop to a complete stop is made much easier especially with all of that extra horsepower under the hood. Speaking of horsepower, youll be able to keep the rubber to the pavement with this Catalina since it comes equipped with a Safe-T-Track positraction rear differential. Cruising on a set of thin whitewall radial tires mounted on optional Pontiac 8-lug wheels, this Catalina rides down the road smoothly and in style! The exterior of this Catalina has been correctly refinished in a beautiful Grenadier Red, just how she came back in 1963. The interior of this 1963 Pontiac Catalina is absolutely gorgeous! The front and rear bench seats have been correctly reupholstered in Maroon vinyl with tri-tone maroon cloth inserts, accented with white accents and white welting cord. The matching carpeting, door panels, and dash are in wonderful condition as well and, besides the upgraded woodgrain steering wheel, appear to be in their stock configuration. Instrumentation includes a cluster-mounted 120 MPH speedometer, battery gauge, and fuel gauge, along with a column-mounted 8,000 RPM aftermarket tachometer, and aftermarket under-dash temperature and oil pressure gauges. The dash is finished with a Super Deluxe push-button AM radio, heater and various other controls, and a locking glovebox. Whether youre buying your first classic car or youre adding to your existing PMD collection, this 1963 Pontiac Catalina would make an excellent choice. Give Ellingsons a call today at 763-428-7337!