December 18, 2021
When the end of the decade rolled around, designers of corporate cousins Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac decided to go all-in on befinned rear ends. Oldsmobile kind of went along, its fins being much more rounder with the taillights sitting on top. This 1959 Pontiac Catalina shows the route taken by Pontiac stylists. Twin vee-shaped fins hold the back-up lamps on all models, including the Safari station wagons. The Catalina was the entry-level Pontiac for model year 1959, replacing the now-departed Chieftain. Moving up the hierarchy were the Star Chief and Bonneville. A Ventura series would slip between the Catalina and Star Chief the following year. We saw today’s RealRide at the Vintage Iron Car & Bike Show this past summer in Hamburg.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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