Car of the Month

December 2017:  Holly and Tim Cipriani’s 1955 Star Chief Custom Catalina

This is Holly and Tim Cipriani’s gorgeous 1955 Star Chief Custom Catalina. The color is a stunning Fire Gold over White Mist with Ivory and Copper leather interior.
This top of the line model sports the 287 cube engine (bored .30 over) with the Rochester Power Pack 4 barrel carb and is rated at 227 hp.
At the corners are Firestone Deluxe Champion wide white wall tires with full painted wheel covers.
This car was built at the Kansas City plant and has almost every accessory available in the Basic, Convenience, Appearance, Comfort and Protection packages. To say its loaded is an understatement. Some of the over 30 options include Hydra-Matic transmission, Vogue two tone paint, power steering, power brakes, dual antenna, dealer installed a/c, under seat heater, defroster, directional signal, radio with rear speaker, dual outside rear mirrors, E-Z Eye tinted glass, and the iconic lighted hood ornament.
Holly and Tim took ownership of this beauty over 2 years ago. It’s fresh off an extensive 22 month full restoration by Todd Lewis and the team at Xtreme Restorations in RI. It is now ready for many highway and backroad miles in comfort and style.

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.

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

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

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

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.
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.
And……… has all the options including power windows, power locks, power steering, tilt wheel, rally mirrors, console, and white wall tires on rally II rims.
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.
By looking at Lou’s car it’s no wonder why Pontiac dealers shipped over 250,000 Grand Prix in 1977.


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

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.
The 6 cylinder flathead motor gives her some get up and go with plenty in reserve. The standard transmission is column shifted.
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.
The 650/15 black wall tires with chrome caps enhanced by the red painted rims, give Aunt Millie a nice stance.
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

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.
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.
The wood wheel is a nice touch.
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.
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.

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


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
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.
In a way, Jack’s convertible with white interior is a tribute to his beloved Uncle.
June 2016:  Jim May’s 1964 GTO
This is Jim May’s gorgeous 1964 GTO drag car.
Under the hood is a 467 cube, 650 horsepower engine mated to a turbo 400 transmission.  It has a 3:73 rear gear and 10.5 compression and runs on pump gas! And…..IT’S FAST. This car has done 10.55 seconds at 126 mph at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH.
Inside this Grenadier Red beauty is a full roll cage and 5 point harness for safety.  Jim kept the stock dash but substituted fiberglass for the factory morrokide seating.
On the outside of Jim’s goat are fiberglass front and rear fenders, bumpers, hood and trunk lid. The high rise hood scoop gobbles up lots of cool air to help feed this beast. For shoes, Jim has 29×10 steel wheels on the rear and 15×3.5 Weld Wheels up front.
All total, weight comes in around 3,000 lbs. That’s about 400 lbs lighter than a stock ’64 GTO. Nice job Jim……..may you travel many distances in your goat… 1/4 mile at a time.

May 2016:  Steve Bresciani’s 1966 2+2

This months car is very sentimental for the Yankee Chapter.  It was the pride and joy of our beloved club member Steve Bresciani who passed away 5 years ago this month.  Steve was a true “Car Guy.”  He started working at the GM plant in Framingham in 1962 when he was 19 years old.  He would spend the next 30 years helping to assemble some of the greatest American cars ever.  Steve had a passion for Poncho’s.  He’s owned many Pontiacs over the years, some brand new off the lot.  Our Car of the Month is a fine example of the quality of vehicle that Steve had in his collection.  This is his 1966 Pontiac 2+2 Convertible in Fontaine Blue with a Black interior and Black top.
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Underneath the massive hood lies a 421 cubic inch V-8 mated to a TH400 transmission that’s capable of 338 horsepower at 4600 rpm.  The “pesky” Tri-Power set up original to the car was replaced with a 4 barrel carb.  The air conditioning was a nice option on those hot summer days when the top was up.
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Luxurious black seating adorns the inside of the 2+2 with enough room for a well fed family of 5.
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Outside is all classic Pontiac styling including Split Grill, Stacked Headlights, Rear Quarter Louvers, Dual Exhaust, and 8 Lug Wheels.  Also duly noted are the “2+2” and “421” exterior badging.
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Often called the GTO’s “Big Brother”, the 2+2 combined the luxury of a full size with the sportiness of a 2 door.  Throw in a potent 421 engine and you have a triple threat that is capable of laying rubber at the drop of the pedal or comfortably cruising highways and backroads.  The car is under the stewardship of Steve’s daughter Lisa and her boyfriend Rob. They enjoy taking long rides on nice days as well as going to the many car shows in the upstate NY area. We miss Steve and his enthusiasm for cars but are pleased to see this outstanding vehicle continue its journey with his family.

April 2016:  John Howard’s 1967 GTO

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This is John Howards 1967 GTO in burgundy with a black vinyl top and black interior.
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His Goat came out of the Pontiac Michigan factory in late 1966 with the 360 hp High Output (HO) engine. The block is now a date code correct 335 hp 400. It does retain the original exhaust manifolds and Harrison radiator. The Rochester 4 barrel carb has been replaced with an Edelbrock model.
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Inside this beauty it’s all GTO including the Hurst Dual Gate (His ‘n Her) shifter and tilt wood wheel.
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Johns Goat rides on classic 14 inch Rally I rims with white wall tires. They are stopped by power assist front brakes. Other options include hood tach, remote control side mirror, and rear power antenna. The ’67 GTO was known for its sleek “Coke Bottle” styling and large cube engines. These were the main reasons that Pontiac shipped close to 82,000 GTO’s that year.

March 2016:  Charlie Barron’s 1978 Trans Am

This is Charlie Barron’s stunning 1978 Trans Am in Solar Gold with a Black interior. Born out of the Norwood Ohio plant, Charlie is the third owner having purchased it in 2006.
This T/A is a 4 speed with a 400 cube engine bored 30 over and a four barrel carb. A mild cam and ceramic headers give this bird a sweet exhaust note. Originally a radio delete car, tunes now emanate from an AM/FM sound system. Options include power steering and power brakes.
The nice rake is courtesy of the beefy 15″ tires on gold snowflake rims. Note the dynamic Trans Am cues like the T-Tops, Shaker Hood, body color rally sport mirrors, front quarter air inlets, dual splitter exhaust tips, and the T/A graphics including the ginormous flaming bird that adorns the hood.
Over 93,000 Trans Ams were manufactured in 1978. Charlie’s car is a fine example of this Pontiac success story.

February 2016:  Les Ward’s 1957 Chieftain Catalina Hardtop

This is Lester Ward’s 1957 Chieftain 4 Door Catalina Hardtop.  Les has owned this beauty for 33 years. Color is in the Cadillac hue of Astro Gray with a white painted top and white side spear.
Car is powered by a 347 cubic inch V-8 engine with a column shifted Jetaway Hydromatic transmission. It’s stopped by a manual braking system.
Make no mistake, this ’57 can light up those 14 inch white walls. Other goodies include dual exhaust, full wheel covers, AM radio, and heater.
Beautiful chrome bumper, trim pieces and side script adorn Les’ ’57.  This shot was taken at our annual Dust-Off at CJ’s in Framingham.

January 2016:  Charlie Egirous’ 1969 GTO

This is Charlie Egirous’ beautiful 1969 GTO convertible in Antique Gold with Black top and Black interior. Charlie is the original owner of this goat having special ordered it at Wheaton Pontiac in Belmont, MA in October 1968.
Born into a Pontiac family, there was no question what make he wanted when he was ready to purchase his first new car. There would be questions however as to the details. Charlie, being a teenager at the time, wanted a red car with the four speed transmission. His parents, who were also partners in this transaction, quickly nixed that idea. He settled on gold with the Hurst Dual Gate shifter. Interestingly, due to a misinformed salesperson, his car arrived with the standard automatic shifter in the console. He was told that Pontiac discontinued the very popular “His and Her” shifter after the 1968 model year.
Charlie’s car is equipped with a 400 engine, 4 barrel carb, Ram Air 3 cam and exhaust manifolds. Other options include……Power Front Disc Brakes, Rally II Wheels, Custom Sport Steering Wheel, Tilt Wheel, Hood Tach, Rally Gauge Cluster, Power Antenna, Soft Ray Glass, AM/FM Radio with rear seat Verba Phonic Speaker.
Charlie’s goat is a fine example of the beautiful styling and high performance that Pontiac was known for though out the 1960’s.

December 2015:  Dave Cataloni’s  1968 Grand Prix

Dave really likes ’68 Grand Prix’s. He has two on the road and one currently in restoration. This is Dave’s stunning Burgundy on Burgundy 1968 Grand Prix. The long sleek body lines, full chrome bumper, and hideaway headlamps give the car a real Luxo-Sporty look.
Car is powered by a Pontiac 400 cubic inch mill with a four barrel carb. The automatic transmission is console shifted.
Options include power steering, power brakes and AM/FM radio. The redline tires are shod on 15 inch Rally II rims.
Classic Pontiac chrome laden beak with egg crate styling.  As with its predecessors, the lone GP logo adorns the front end.

November 2015:  Paul Melanson’s 1958 Star Chief

This is Paul’s outstanding 1958 Star Chief 4 door. Painted in the eye catching hue of Burma Green with White trim, this behemoth is originally from Maine.  Paul purchased the car 4 year ago from fellow club member Tony Dagata.
Under the hood sports a clean but potent 370 cubic inch engine.
Options include power steering, power brakes, power antenna and speed control.  The fender skirts and lots of chrome detail give this Poncho a classic full size look.
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This award winning car sits on 14 inch rims with wide whitewall tires and premium hubcaps. The load is cushioned by an air ride suspension which comes in handy when Paul travels the hilly areas of northern New England and Canada.