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May 23, 2013 (5:50 am)
#37009 of 38597 Re: Plain> [andys120]
May 23, 2013 (6:45 am)
Looks like a 1602 to me ... but that strikes me as too easy for this thread.
#37010 of 38597 Re: Plain> [qbrozen]
May 23, 2013 (6:54 am)
Yup, it's a 1967 BMW 1600 (aka 1602). I figured somebody might mistake it for a 2002.
My kid brother went across the country in his buddy's brand new 1600 back then (jealous).
#37011 of 38597 Re: Plain> [andys120]
May 23, 2013 (9:10 am)
And it has a later 1.8 FI engine in it, so maybe an 1802???
#37012 of 38597 Wraparounds, front and back>
May 23, 2013 (1:40 pm)
#37013 of 38597 Re: Wraparounds, front and back> [andys120]
May 23, 2013 (2:03 pm)
Whoa. 1960 Pontiac Bonneville. Nice.
#37014 of 38597 Re: Wraparounds, front and back> [andys120]
May 24, 2013 (12:48 am)
That is stunningly pretty. Anyone know who designed it?
#37015 of 38597 Re: Wraparounds, front and back> [grahampeters]
May 24, 2013 (4:57 am)
Anyone know who designed it?
It would have been designed towards the end of the era when Harley Earl was the Design Chief at GM. His successor was Bill Mitchell. That car looks more Mitchell than Earl IMO.
The big 1960 Pontiacs did not have the split grille inaugurated in '59 and featured on all subsequent Ponchos with the sole exception of the '60 Catalinas and Bonnevilles (the compact '60 Tempests had it).
#37016 of 38597 Re: Wraparounds, front and back> [andys120]
May 24, 2013 (5:25 am)
Yeah, I always thought it was a bit curious that Pontiac did the split grille for 1959, but then retreated for 1960, only to go back to the split for '61. BTW, the Tempest came out in '61.
IMO, the 1959 pretty much re-invented Pontiac and its image.
Interestingly, Olds and even Buick would experiment with the split grilles starting in 1967. The Olds wasn't truly split in the Pontiac sense, but you could tell it was forming. I wonder if Olds and Buick tried that, hoping to capitalize on Pontiac's success of the 60's?
Buick started toning down the split a little for '69-70, and it was gone entirely for '71, but it remained an Olds hallmark pretty much until the end.
#37017 of 38597 Re: Wraparounds, front and back> [andre1969]
May 24, 2013 (7:07 am)
That '60 is a beauty. There was a '60 Pontiac made into an ElCamino-like pickup in my hometown. A dark ruby red; I'll always remember it.
The Bonneville always had great interiors, but I've yet to figure out what exactly that Bonneville emblem on the front fender actually is! It grew to enormous proportions on the '65 model (my favorite big Ponchos). It's the one thing I like about the '66 over the '65--that emblem was gone!