Car of the Month

October 2017:  Mary and Donny Oleski’s 1937 Five Window Coupe

This is Mary and Donny’s sweet 1937 Pontiac 5 Window Coupe.

The all steel body is painted in black with a cream brulee cloth and leather interior.

Under the hood is a 350 Corvette motor mated to a console shifted automatic transmission. 

The 2 1/12 inch chop on the roof and those big Billet Specialty tires give this car a beautiful stance. Other features include A/C, power windows, power brakes and CD with AM/FM radio. Let’s not forget those suicide doors. Mary and Donny have owned this coupe for about 2 years. They enjoy taking it to cruises and car shows in the area.

September 2017:  Sharon and Todd Goldman’s 1968 GTO

Sharon and Todd’s ’68 may look like your typical GTO drop top with it’s stunning red exterior, black morrokide interior, Rally II rims, hideaway headlamps, and Endura front bumper.

At a closer look you will see some not so typical features. For one, the automatic transmission is column shifted. You will also notice the bench seat. It’s rare to see a goat without buckets AND a console but here you go.

One not so easy to spot feature is the economical 400 engine with 2 barrel carb. This makes it 1 of 412 built that year.

The Goldman’s GTO was born out of the Kansas City plant and shipped to Talman Pontiac in Libertyville, IL. They took possession about 10 years ago. Originally Meridian Turquoise, it now wears the bright hue of Guards Red. Options include wood wheel, hood tach, 8 track and remote trunk release. 15″ Diamondback redlines on Rally II rims shod the corners.

The 1968 GTO was Motor Trends “Car of the Year” and for good reason. All new styling, the solid 400 cube engine, and the 5 mph Endura front bumper – an innovative feature at the time.

August 2017:  Wayne Henry’s 1966 Bonneville

This Wayne’s sweet ’66 Bonneville in beautiful burgundy with a burgundy morrokide interior.

Transmission is an automatic on the column. Under the hood is a 389 engine with 4 barrel carb capable of 330 horsepower.

Options include AM radio and power seats.

At the corners are 14″ whitewall tires with full wheel covers and rear fender skirts. Wayne’s Bonne is stopped by drum brakes. Pontiac’s Bonneville nameplate began as a 2 seat concept car at 1954 Motorama. It became a very different production vehicle in 1957 and was a staple in the Pontiac line up thru 2005, a very nice 48 year run! Wayne’s ’66 is a stunning example of Pontiac styling for it’s full size models and includes such iconic Pontiac cues like the split grill, stacked headlamps, skirts and wide rocker panels.

July 2017:  Joe and Ann Marie Mandarano’s 1960 Catalina Safari Wagon

We are very fortunate to have a few “Long Roofs” in our club. One example is Joe and Ann Marie’s award winning 1960 Catalina Safari Wagon in Skymist Blue with a white painted top.

Inside is a beautiful blue tri-one interior.

The economical 389-2bbl with a column shifted automatic transmission powers this beast which is over 18 feet long.

This car was built in the Southgate, CA plant and shipped to a dealer in nearby Burbank. A local couple purchased it shortly thereafter. Options include remote mirrors, tinted glass, roof rack, AM radio, and power brakes. At the corners are bias ply wide white wall tires with spinner hubcaps. The body color painted rims are a nice touch.

The 1960 full size Pontiacs are easily distinguishable by their “toned down” rear fins and full front grill commonly known as the “Sharknose.” This was a 1 year hiatus from the popular split grill that has been a Pontiac cue for 58 years. The Mandarano’s have owned this classic eye catching wagon for over 14 years. You will see them at many car shows and events throughout New England.

June 2017:  Bob Lassman’s 1963 Grand Prix

Pontiac introduced the Grand Prix for the 1962 model year. It was billed as a Personal Luxury Coupe. This was an emerging market for the Detroit automakers.   It competed with the Buick Riviera and Wildcat, Oldsmobile Toronado, and Ford Thunderbird among others. The 1963 Grand Prix offered a new design that included clean body lines and stacked headlights which would be a Pontiac cue for the next 4 years. This is Bob Lassman’s ’63 GP. Originally Cameo White, it is now in the GM hue of Bright White.

The luxurious black bucket seats were standard on the GP as was the center console and vacuum gauges.

Under the hood is the original V-8 powered 389 with 4 barrel carb capable of 303 horsepower. The 3 speed automatic transmission is console shifted. Options in Bob’s car include power steering, power brakes and AM radio.

The Grand Prix combined some of the luxury appointments of Pontiacs upscale models in a sporty coupe. Dealers sold 73,000 GP’s in 1963. That’s more than double the 1962 number. Grand Prix would go on to be a staple in the Pontiac line-up until the final years of the brand existence. All totaled, it was a very nice 40+ year run for this very popular model.

May 2017:  Linda and Bill Kelley’s 1970 GTO

Linda and Bill Kelley have a real “Looker” with their 1970 GTO convertible. It’s painted in a beautiful coat of Palladium Silver with a black top and black comfort weave interior.

This car is very original with a numbers matching 350 horsepower 400 motor (YS block.) It’s mated to a TH400 transmission. There’s mounds of documentation including bill of sale, protecto-plate, PHS, build sheet, and window sticker. The Kelleys even discovered an original Tiger Paw spare tire in the trunk.

This Goat was assembled at Pontiac plant and shipped to Red Holmans dealership in Wayne Michigan. It is one of 3,700+ drop top GTO’s made that year. It also has lots of goodies including power steering, power disc brakes, AM/FM radio, and a wood steering wheel.

The 14 inch redline tires on Rally II rims are a classic Pontiac look for the era. Linda and Bill purchased their GTO in 2011 from a gentleman in Ohio who owned it since 1994. He was holding on to it for his son who was sadly killed in action serving our country during one of the desert wars. It must’ve been a very difficult decision to part ways with this vehicle but he can take comfort in knowing that it’s in very good hands with Linda and Bill.

April 2017:  Ned Anello’s 1966 Grand Prix

Ned Anello has quite a sweet ride with this 1966 Grand Prix. It’s wrapped in stunning Reef Turquoise with a black cordova top.

Inside is a parchment strato-bench interior with center armrest.

Powering this beauty is a 389 – 4 barrel with Turbo Hydramatic transmission generating 330 horsepower.

And there’s lots of options, including….. Power steering, power brakes, power antenna, power windows, dual exhaust, gauge cluster, AM radio with reverb, remote mirrors, soft ray glass, custom retractable seat belts, lamp package, front and rear floor mats, and Safe-T-Track differential. The custom wheel covers are mounted on 14″ white wall tires. Ned’s GP was built in the Pontiac, MI plant and was shipped to Hardin Motors in Kentucky. It’s nice to see it enjoy car shows and cruise nights in New England.

In addition to this ’66 Grand Prix, Ned also owns a ’63 GP, ’67 GTO, ’68 Bonneville, and a ’78 Bonneville.

March 2017:  Steve Colacchio’s 1981 Trans Am

Steve Colacchio had a big decision to make in the Fall of 1981. He had to choose between two of the hottest cars at the time – a Chevy Corvette or Pontiac Trans Am. Most would relish a situation like this and after much thought the choice became clear. Steve went with the Trans Am, the very car you see in this story. The reason you may ask came down to a few things. According to Steve, the handling on the T/A was much better than the Vette. The fact that it was also $2,000 less sealed the deal. Case closed!

Steve took delivery of this gorgeous T/A in December of ’81 from Lee Pontiac/Olds in Fort Walton Florida near where he was stationed for his military service. He has been enjoying the ride for over 35 years. Steve’s car is a beautiful Alpine White exterior.

The interior is a special order blue velour.

Under the hood creeps a 5.0 litre, 150 horse 305 engine. Transmission is a four speed manual with 3:08 gears. Options include T-Tops, air conditioning, shaker hood, limited slip differential, front and rear defroster, soft ray glass, power antenna, power windows, and a rear spoiler. Interestingly, Steve ordered his T/A as a radio delete.

The screaming bird on the hood as well as other T/A graphics are black and silver.

At the corners are 15″ tires on rally II’s with trim rings. Being an original owner of a 35 year old car is extraordinary. For Steve, it’s been 35 years of miles and smiles as he cruises this bird throughout New England.

February 2017:  Diane and Dick Krafton’s 1969 GTO

Try saying “Rare Ram Air” five times fast. This is Diane and Dick Krafton’s 1969 GTO. A numbers matching Ram Air III engine, convertible body style and a 4 speed to boot. It’s one of 249 with these options. Born out of the Baltimore, MD plant in April 1969, it was shipped to Seacrest Pontiac on the Lynnway. Dick purchased it in 1980 after seeing it in the used car rag, “The Want Ads.” For those who don’t know, “The Want Ads” are the 70’s and 80’s print version of Ebay and Craigslist.

Dick said the car was in rough shape with rotting fenders, ripped top, and a bad rapping noise in the engine among other issues. A frame off restoration was started in 1990 followed by a new paint job in 1995. Here’s what Diane and Dick have now……….A beautiful ’69 convertible in Verdoro green with tan interior and a black top. Options include hood tach, power steering, 8 track player and chrome exhaust tips. The wood wheel is a nice touch and was added at a later date.

The 400 Ram Air III is mated to a manual transmission with factory 3:55 gears.  Brakes are a front disc, rear drum set up. The 14″ tires are mounted on rally II rims with trim rings. 

It’s been 36 years since Dick saw that ad for a “rough” ’69 GTO and it’s great to see it enjoy a second life in such a happy home. And…….if a 69 Ram Air GTO isn’t enough, Dick informed me that he and Diane are proud new owners of a ’70 goat. More on that car in a future story.

January 2017:  Cathy and Tom DuBois’ 1985 Parisienne Brougham

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Style and elegance………This is Cathy and Tom DuBois’ pristine 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham.  It’s silver with silver velour seating and black vinyl top. The Dubois are the 4th owners of this 80’s classic which has only 49,000 miles on the odometer.

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Under the hood is a 301 cube, 4.9 litre V-8. The transmission is an automatic on the column and it’s rear wheel drive.

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Options include AM/FM cassette, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power antenna, power door locks, and the gauge package.

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At the corners are 15 inch P225 white walls with wire wheel covers. Pontiac discontinued the Parisienne in 1986 making this car one of the last of this B body breed.

December 2016:  Roger DeSaulniers 1955 Star Chief Catalina 

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This is Roger DeSaulniers beautiful 1955 Star Chief Catalina Custom 2 Door. Colors are a stunning Firegold and White Mist with two-tone Ivory and Copper seating. The stance looks great on those beefy bias ply wide white wall tires, spoked hubcaps, and body color painted rims.

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Under the hood is the 287 cube, 200 horsepower Strato Streak V-8, the first year for this power plant. A column shifted automatic controls the gears.

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Roger’s “Cat” is loaded with almost every option available in 1955 including……..6 way mechanical seats, power steering, power brakes, power windows, padded dash, AM radio with rear speaker, spoke wheels, and adjustable side view mirrors.

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And of course there’s the amber lighted indian head hood ornament.

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The classic Continental Kit was added at a later time.  Roger’s owned this car since 1985. He’s been a long standing member of our club since 1982. In addition to the ’55, Roger also has a ’66 and ’69 Grand Prix. Thank you Roger for sharing your story with us of this outstanding car and for being such a dedicated member in what will be your 35th year with the Yankee Chapter.

November 2016:  Lou Maffei’s 1977 Grand Prix

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This is Lou Maffei’s stunning 1977 Grand Prix SJ in Sterling Silver Metallic with a black Landau top, black pinstripe and black Morrokide interior.

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Under the hood lies the 180 hp 400 engine with 4 barrel carb. Lou is the third owner of this “A” bodied beauty having acquired it in 1991 with just 80k miles on the odometer. He immediately started the restoration process. The body was bead blasted to bare metal and new paint was applied. The chrome was polished to a mirror finish and all new rubber was installed. The engine was also tuned up and cleaned. I’ve known Lou for close to 10 years and his GP has always been in showroom condition.

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And………..it has all the options including power windows, power locks, power steering, tilt wheel, rally mirrors, console, and white wall tires on rally II rims.

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Heads turn at car shows and club meetings when Lou arrives in his pristine Grand Prix. It’s a beautiful car and one of the true highlights of the Pontiac brand in the 1970’s.

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By looking at Lou’s car it’s no wonder why Pontiac dealers shipped over 250,000 Grand Prix in 1977.

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October 2016:  Joan and John Bace’s 1941 Super Streamliner Torpedo DeLuxe

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No doubt if you’ve been to car shows and cruise nights in New England, you’ve seen Joan and John Bace’s 1941 Super Streamliner Torpedo Deluxe…….or more simply known as Aunt Millie. This dark grey beauty has all the styling cues of the era including fastback rear, chrome fins along the lower body, art deco Pontiac badging and the beautiful Pontiac indian head hood ornament.  Let’s not omit the silver streak that runs along the bulbous hood.

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The 6 cylinder flathead motor gives her some get up and go with plenty in reserve. The standard transmission is column shifted.

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Aunt Millie also sports some pretty high end options including tinted glass, anti-glare rearview mirror, dual heater, split front window, and fold down armrest.  Back in the day, that pushbutton AM radio came in handy to listen to the likes of The Andrew Sisters and Benny Goodman.

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The 650/15 black wall tires with chrome caps enhanced by the red painted rims, give Aunt Millie a nice stance.

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Aunt Millie was born in the days before the Mass Pike. The main east-west roads were The Worcester Turnpike and the Old Connecticut Path. Route 128 was hodgepodge of roads cobbled together through the cities and towns just outside of Boston. Ahhh but if Aunt Millie could talk, we know she would have lots of wonderful stories to tell of a simpler time. Fortunately for Joan and John, she has many more memories in the making.

September 2016:  Paul O’Toole’s 1968 Bonneville

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Talk about loaded! Paul O’Toole’s 1968 Bonneville is filled with all the goodies one would expect to find in a full size Pontiac land yacht of the era. Power steering, power brakes, power windows, power door locks, power antenna, cruise control, tilt wood wheel, safety track, tinted glass, rear window defogger, and a big ole bench seat with fold down armrest. If that’s not enough, dig the 8 lug wheels, the last year this rim was offered.

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To haul all of these options as well as 6 passengers, Paul’s Bonne has the Pontiac 400 engine with 4 barrel carb. The 400 was the workhorse for PMD throughout the late 60’s.

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The wood wheel is a nice touch.

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The wildly popular hue of Verdoro green wraps this beauty in luxury. It’s accented by an ivory interior and a stunning white vinyl top, all original to the car.

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Paul’s Bonneville was early for the model year having been assembled in New Jersey in October 1967. It was immediately shipped to Brigham Gill Pontiac in Natick, MA. This Bonne is long and lean with a pronounced chrome front bumper, huge hood and trunk, and rear skirts. Truly a sweet ride on highways or backroads.

August 2016:  Eddy Echevarria’s 1957 Super Chief

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This is Eddie Echevarria’s 1957 Pontiac Super Chief 4 Door Sedan.  Exterior color is a stunning black with pearl side spear and lots of chrome. Duly noted are the Dagmars attached between the “toothy” grille and the humungous front bumper.

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Under the hood is the 347 cube, 4 barrel engine rated at 275 hp. The Hydromatic transmission is column shifted.

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The blue tri-color interior compliments the black and pearl body.

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The rear bumper exhaust ports are also a very nice touch. 14 inch wide white wall tires with full wheel covers adorn the corners.  Even though the Super Chief was the “up” model to the popular Chieftain, this is a “No Frills” ride – No Air Conditioning, No Power Steering and No Power Brakes.  Eddie’s car is a beautiful example of Pontiac styling and performance in the years prior to the Widetrack era.

July 2016:  Phil Guerra’s and Jack Day’s 1962 Tempest LeMans

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Pontiac’s entry into the burgeoning compact car market occurred in the 1961 model year with the introduction of the Tempest.  

The Tempest offered a unique rear drive train, four wheel independent suspension, roomy interior, and economical gas mileage (20 mpg.) The removal of the “center hump” enabled 6 passenger comfort with more leg room.  Just some of the many reasons that the Tempest was named Motor Trends Car of the Year in 1961.

For 1962, Pontiac offered the upgraded LeMans trim package which included a convertible.  
Our Co-Cars of the Month for July are 2 fine examples of Pontiac’s pioneers of compact.  Phil Guerra and Jack Day’s cars are identical in year, make, model, body style and engine.  
They are two great stories about this distinctive and not often seen Pontiac.  
The Yankee Chapter is very fortunate to have these “Lil Indians”  as a part of our club  
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Phil’s 1962 Tempest LeMans is in Seafoam Aqua (not to be confused with Kimberly Blue.)  It has a white interior and white convertible top.

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Under the hood is the peppy and fuel efficient 195 CID with 4 barrel carb. Also known as “half a 389” or “half a V8,” this little drop top is rated at 165 horsepower. It’s controlled by the 2 speed Powerglide transmission.

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The outside has a nice sculptured look with chrome embellishments along the belt line. The faux louvers, full wheel covers, and white wall tires give it a real sporty look.

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Phil’s car came out of the Kansas City, Kansas plant and was shipped to a dealer in Iowa. Not much else is known. Phil just recently acquired this beauty in January of this year.

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Jack’s ’62 Tempest LeMans is a stunning red with a white top and white interior. It also has the 195 CID Trophy 4 under the hood with the 2 speed Powerglide automatic.

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Jack purchased his car in 2014 and it has since had a full restoration including extensive body repair, engine detail, suspension, drivetrain, transmission and interior. He feels very fortunate to have this vehicle because it was a day away from the crusher before it was rescued and restored by the previous owner.

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The seed for Jack’s passion for Pontiacs was planted when he was a boy and visited his Uncle Jim in Florida. Uncle Jim was a Salesperson at a Pontiac dealership back in 50’s and 60’s. Jack vividly remembers all the new convertibles on his Uncle’s lot with their bright white interiors.

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In a way, Jack’s convertible with white interior is a tribute to his beloved Uncle.