July 15, 2022
When it debuted as a halo car partway through model year 1957 (630 produced — all convertibles), the predecessor of this 1979 Pontiac Bonneville was touted as “Breath-Taking,” and having “the sleekest silhouette on wheels.” Some 22 years later the full-size Pontiac lineup was morphing into restyled Chevrolets, some more heavily than others, model-for-model. At least back in 1979 you could still tell it was a Pontiac from a block away, as a form of the familiar split grille was still in place. But if you wanted to sit in the back seat and be able to open the window next to you, this two-door coupe wouldn’t have been your cup of tea as those panes of glass were fixed in place. Luckily there were still Bonneville four-door sedans and station wagons for fresh-air nuts. IMO it’s a rarity these days to come across one of these at a car show/cruise night, but we did just that last month at Sneaker’s Fest 2022 in Blasdell.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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