I think everyone would agree that the Big Three built many great looking cars in the 60's. Among the more pleasing designs from Pontiac was their 1961 lineup of 2 door hardtops a.k.a. the "bubbletops". Pontiac built 14,524 Catalina bubbletops, 13,297 Ventura bubbletops and this Coronado Red Bonneville bubbletop which was one of 16,906 built. Unfortunately all of these cars have had a dismal survival rate and unless you seek out a large 'all Pontiac' event the chances of seeing one are equally dismal. Click on any picture to enlarge. The Bonneville had been Pontiac's flagship since being introduced mid-way through the 1957 model year as a limited edition fuel injected convertible, with just 630 built. The following year (1958) fuel injection was optional on all fullsize Pontiac models and a hopelessly complex air suspension option also became available. When these 2 options appeared on the same car along with power steering, brakes and air conditioning the resulting maze of ducts, hoses, belts, wires, compressors, shrouds, filters, brackets, pulleys, evaporators, condensers, and electrical controls would soon cause the most experienced mechanic to begin cursing and throwing tools in every direction. Pontiac wisely dropped both of these troublesome options at the end of the 1958 model year. All full-size American built 1961 Pontiacs came with 389 cu.in. engines which could be had in horsepower ratings from 215 up to 348. Pontiac's 2 top factory engines were known as the 425A engines with the 4 bbl version rated at 333hp and the tripower version rated at 348hp. More horsepower was readily available with Pontiac's over-the-counter Super Duty parts program which bumped the horsepower to 368 and made them fearsome competitors on the nation's dragstrips. By the end of the '61 race season those Super Duty cars were running mid 12's at 110 mph with the newly released 421cu.in. dual quad package. (HotRod,Nov,1961 pg 45) Even the hot new 550 horsepower musclecars of today would be hard pressed to generate a time slip like that.