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1970 Pontiac Bonneville 455

Spotted this transitional Pontiac Bonneville in Mid-Wilshire.  I call this year the transitional year for the Bonneville since it was the year between the beautiful designs of the 1960’s and 1950’s and the years after.  I do not need to tell you that Bonneville’s from 1971 and onward were not the pinnacle of automotive design. This one is sporting a massive 455 (7.5L) GM motor under the hood that supposedly was rated at 370 HP. That is a lot of horsepower – although this behemoth needed it to move about. Whether those were gross (read – bench test) 1970 numbers is up for debate.

Check out some other Pontiac’s we’ve spotted:

1965 Pontiac Bonneville

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon

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1965 Pontiac Bonneville

With more than 50 years under it’s belt, this full sized Pontiac could use some love.  I am sure this is a handful to drive around in Los Angeles, considering it’s rather large stature.  Just look at the overhand behind the rear wheels! How many bodies do you think you could fit in the trunk?

And check out some other classic Pontiacs we’ve spotted

1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon

1973 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1982 Pontiac Firebird

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1973 Chevrolet Nova

Spotted this early 70’s Chevy Nova parked outside a coffee shop in Echo Park.  This Nova is sporting a conglomerate of body panels, an aftermarket hood and upgraded rims. With those type of rims, I doubt this Nova is getting much in the way of brake cooling.  Hope it doesn’t find itself at an autocross anytime soon!

And check out our other Chevy Nova’s we have spotted:

1974 Chevrolet Nova Sedan

73 Nova (2)73 Nova (1)73 Nova (3)

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1970 Pontiac Bonneville Station Wagon

Let’s start May off with an excellent example of forgotten times.  This 1970 Pontiac Bonnevile station wagon is the epitome of the early 70’s.  Bask in the beige-ness of this Pontiac Bonneville.

Some info about the Pontiac Bonneville

For 1965, All GM “B” body cars were dramatically restyled. Swooping rooflines, rakish fender lines and the “Coke bottle” profile contributed to making one of the most popular body styles ever produced. The Bonneville got the new styling, with plenty of bright trim on the lower body sides and on the rear deck. Inside, new upholstery and instrumentation were featured. Drivetrains were essentially the same as 1964, except the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission quadrant, which now featured “reverse” in between “park” and “neutral”, instead of at the bottom of the selections (below “L”), the old arrangement having been sharply criticized as a safety hazard.
A General Motors corporate edict that took effect with the 1967 model year led Pontiac to discontinue the Tri-Power engine options on all of its cars. That year also brought a larger 400 cu in (6.6 L) V8 as the standard engine for Bonnevilles and other full-sized Pontiacs to replace the previous 389, while the 421 cu in (6.9 L) V8 was replaced by a new 428 cu in (7.0 L) engine that offered as much as 390 horsepower (290 kW). Also beginning in 1967, carburetion was changed. The previous standard 600 cfm Carter square bore four-barrel and optional Tri-Power was replaced with the new Quadarajet spread bore carburetor delivering 800 cfm, equivalent to the previous 1966 Tri-Power set-up. For 1969, a 360 hp (270 kW) 428 became the standard Bonneville engine, which in turn was replaced for 1970 by an even larger 455 cu in (7.5 L) V8 rated at 370 hp (280 kW).

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