September 25, 2019
I haven’t actually checked, but I’m betting that if you look up the word tank in the dictionary you’ll find a photo of this 1970 Pontiac Catalina next to the definition. It’s alotta car! — especially with that sinister-looking flat black paint job. The Catalina hardtop coupe came standard with a 255-hp 350cid V8 connected to a three-speed manual transmission (I wonder how many actually left the factory with the stick shift); Cat convertibles and station wagons came with a bigger, 400cid (290 hp) V8. Here’s how the brochure writers described the ’70 Catalinas: “Face it folks. The 1970 Catalina is all wrong. For the money, you should get a car of so-so size with hee-haw styling.” Hah! They also mentioned its “…protective side moldings of Endura (you remember—the non-metal that absorbs shocks and resists ugly).” Today’s RealRide seems to be missing its Endura — but it certainly isn’t of so-so size! Saw it a short while back in Tonawanda.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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