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RealRides of WNY #2443 ......................... 1961 Pontiac Catalina

December 15, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2443 ......................... 1961 Pontiac Catalina

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The brochure for this 1961 Pontiac Catalina Sport Sedan said “Look anywhere—you won’t find a car even close to the Catalina in price that provides the pleasure of the wonderful move to Pontiac… the only wide-track car.” I was about to say, yes, unless you lived in Canada where you could have purchased a Pontiac Laurentian Sport Sedan like the one in the brochure illustration below (there were no Bonnevilles, Star Chiefs, Venturas, or Catalinas north of the border in 1961 — only Parisiennes, Laurentians, and Strato Chiefs). Then I remembered that in Canada, they weren’t Wide-Tracks, as their big Pontiacs were built on the narrower Chevrolet frames, with Chevrolet powertrains to match. This red example was seen a month or so ago in the center of the village.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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