The Pontiac Bonneville is a car that many from the '50s and '60s remember fondly. It started as a rocket-ship-themed large luxury vehicle that offered flamboyant aesthetics that became more sophisticated over time. It was one of the most luxurious full-size cars produced by the brand. Here are the 10 best Pontiac Bonneville models of all time for your enjoyment and consideration if you love big classic cars.
10. 1958 Pontiac Bonneville
The Pontiac Bonneville was introduced in 1958 as a luxury coupe vehicle. It was a member of the Star Chief family and initially appeared as a trim before becoming its separate model. The vehicle was introduced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of GM with the high styling of the 1950s era with dual headlamps and a chromed grille.
The bumper featured oval parking lights and a shiny finish. There was a rocket theme on the tops of the front fenders and from the sides. It was a long vehicle with low ground clearance. The interior was made for the ultimate comfort for its time with a three-person bench seat. It was powered by a V8 engine that came in a choice of configurations that ranged from 255 horsepower to 355 horsepower.
9. 1959 Pontiac Bonneville
The 1959 Bonneville became a prestigious automobile during its era. It was available in hardtop versions of sedans and coupes with a convertible and a station wagon. The squared C-body shape was a hit with its exceptionally plush interiors and derived roofline. Bonneville had established a niche for itself within the full-sized luxury vehicle market in 1959.
8. 1961 Pontiac Bonneville
In 1961 the Bonneville was released with a new design that distinguished it from the original model from 1958. It lost much of its rocket-ship theme in favor of a cleaner design with long lines and flat panels, losing the curved panels and loud aesthetic.
On the interior, a plush front bench was placed in the rear and the front with vinyl upholstery and walnut veneer trim on the door spanes and instrument panels with carpeted door panels that matched the floor mats. The coupe version came with power steering and brakes, a radio, air conditioning, and lights on the interior. Drivers had their choice of two engines in 1961, 6.4 liters of a 6.9 liter with a power range between 235 and 405 horsepower.
7. 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham
In 1964, Pontiac offered Bonneville an optional Brougham package. This took the model to new heights of luxury on the interior. Both front and rear seats were equipped with center armrests along with a standard Cordova roof with Brougham nameplates and upgraded door panels. This model year showed a clear evolution in style and comfort which made an already popular vehicle even more desirable for drivers.
6. 1967 Pontiac Bonneville
The 1967 model year of the Bonneville saw a change in the engine with an upgrade to a larger 6.6 liter V8 now as the standard replacing the 389. The 6.9-liter option was replaced by a new 7.0-liter engine that provided 390 horsepower. It offered drivers more power and better acceleration than the previous models. The luxury components of the interior for the 1967 model remained on par with previous versions as no changes were needed for this generation. Sales were high and it was at a peak of popularity.
5. 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham
The 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham was a significant model in the history of the brand. One look at the interior distinguished this vehicle from the rest of the heard. It offered ample spaciousness with a unique interior made of button-tufted velour that gave it an ultra-luxe feeling. The car was one of the plushest interiors around for driver and passenger comfort. It also came with power windows, locks, steering, and brakes with a powerful V8 engine and lots of head and legroom for everyone to stretch out in comfort.
4. 1977 Pontiac Bonneville
The 1977 Pontiac Bonneville remained the flagship car of Pontiac but due to the gas crisis, there was a call to improve fuel economy. This model year was downsized by 14 inches in length and made narrower. It also lost 800 pounds of its weight but Pontiac managed to give it more rear-seat legroom trunk space and headroom in the process.
3. 1980 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe
The Bonneville coupes from the 1980 and 1981 era of production featured aero B-bodies that offered even greater luxury than its nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Caprice models. Although the sales volume wasn't as high, the 1980 Bonneville Coupe was a comfortable and stylish model for drivers who preferred larger luxury vehicles. They had the market cornered when it came to luxury and curb appeal.
2. 2000 Pontiac Bonneville
The 2000 Bonneville had softer lines than its predecessors with a more modern rounded look to its front and rear exterior. This gave it an edge when it came to curbing appeal. As Bonneville approached its final decade of production Pontiac pulled out all the stops in delivering on luxury and performance. Thi model year was powered by a 3.8-liter V6 or a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 tweaked to deliver 30 horsepower more than the standard version. It was front-wheel drive with a 4-speed automatic transmission with an average fuel economy of 22 mpg for the turbo edition.
1. 2002 Pontiac Bonneville
The 2002 Pontiac Bonneville came out with good reviews from drivers. After decades of redesigns, this model looked little like the original version. Pontiac continued to update dan upgrade the vehicle through its lifespan. It was rated high in comfort and value for the money. The Bonneville was a reliable luxury vehicle with plush comfort, great handling, and exceptional performance.
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