March 14, 2022
The Art Fitzpatrick/Van Kaufman illustration in the brochure (bottom of page) looks just like today’s RealRide — a 1969 Pontiac Catalina convertible seen at the 2019 Apple Fest Car Show in Hilton. On that same page, we’re left scratching our head after reading the copy about the new Catalinas: “Every time we bring out a new Catalina, some of our competitors suggest we’re in league with the Little Green People.” They do eventually go on to name them as “midnight elves” but, really? Very strange IMO. The Catalina was also available as a two-door hardtop and a couple of four-doors — in sedan and hardtop form, all of which came standard with a 400cid V8. The fender badge on today’s RealRide indicates that it’s equipped with one of two optional 428cid V8 powerplants.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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