Attention All Pontiac and Super Duty Enthusiasts and Collectors! Check Out This Amazing Catalina Venture 2+2 Badged Pontiac Stands Proud Tri-Powered 389ci Monster V8 Rare with Optional Automatic Transmission A True Gentleman's Muscle Car WITH AIR CONDITIONING! Check out All the Pictures of this Beautiful Car! Equipped with many of the right options as well as the ever desired 8-Lug Wheels, Air Conditioning, Gauge Package, Optional Automatic Transmission; This Big 'Ol Cat is Worth a Look or Two or Three; A Winner Through and Through. There are Many Paragraphs that Can Be Written Regarding These Beasts Particularly THIS ONE. Pontiac had been skinning the big-car cat several ways for a good deal of the 1960s. Bonnevilles were on top, but the supposedly lower-line Catalinas offered most of the same powertrain options. The Grand Prix was first; introduced in 1962, it was a sporting Catalina coupe with Bonneville interior trimmings, bucket seats, console with available tachometer and other European-style niceties. Stacked headlamps, split grille with prominent arrow placed at the beak, and crisp sidelines were all distinctive Pontiac hallmarks of the era But as the performance era was getting under way, it was decided that the Catalina needed its own sporting variant as well. The 2+2 launched in 1964; bucket seats, special door panels, a tach and a vacuum gauge separated it from other Catalina coupes that year. Looking for a follow-up to its genre-creating GTO in 1964 while simultaneously hedging its bet against the new intermediate-sized cars, Pontiac took advantage of the all-new 1965 B-body redesigns to make the 2+2 its own model. Styling largely followed the other B-body fastback coupes, although Pontiac retained a number of its divisional trademarks, including the stacked quad headlamps and the now-mandatory split grille that has been a continuous styling theme since 1961. It also offered highly sculpted rocker areas, formed to help enhance the new machine's so-called "Coke-bottle" style, which flared the hips and added visual interest. For 1965, the 2+2 cost $418 above a normal Catalina coupe (the price difference in the convertibles was a little less.) For your money, 2+2 featured a 338hp, 459-lbs.ft., four-barrel 421-cube V-8 as standard equipment; Tri-Power was a $307 option, while the 376hp 421HO package cost $410. Your choice of a floor-mounted three-speed stick, a Muncie four-speed or a Turbo Hydra-Matic was available. Heavy-duty coil springs and shocks, a 3.42:1 rear, dual exhaust with resonators, special interior with bucket seats, optional console with vacuum gauge or tachometer (depending on transmission choice), shark's-gill trim on the front fender (for '65; it moved to the rear quarter in '66), a full-length body-side molding along the raised rocker edge, special 2+2 badging, and a chrome dress-up kit for the buyers' choice of engine were also part of the package, which was available only on hardtop coupe and convertible models. The 2+2 seemed to bring out the caveman in a number of automotive testers. Motor Trend gave its Car of the Year award to the entire 1965 Pontiac lineup, calling the 2+2 "a real he-man's personal transportation car... 2+2 means a powerhouse with beauty, grace, and a road-hugging ability far above its passenger-sedan running mates." Car and Driver, following up on the furor created by its Pontiac GTO vs. Ferrari GTO cover, splashed a '65 Pontiac 2+2 and a '65 Ferrari 2+2 on a 1965 cover. WE SELL AND TRANSPORT WORLDWIDE On display now Great Lakes Classic Cars 6 Upton Street Hilton,N.Y. 14468 (800)510-3797
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