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About Pontiac Catalina

Staying classy in San Diego, a 1970 Pontiac Catalina was Ron Burgundy's ride of choice in 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." Originally the name for all of Pontiac's hardtop cars in the 1950s, the Pontiac Catalina came into its own as a distinct model in 1959. These full-size land yachts filled the affordable car niche left by the midline Star Chief and the flagship Bonneville. The Catalina line included two-door coupes and convertibles, as well as four-door sedans and station wagons. Its original flathead straight-eight engine gave way to a 287-cubic inch overhead valve V8, and was then replaced by the powerful 389-, 421-, and 455-cubic-inch V8 engines. Basic trim Catalinas had standard features such as end-to-end carpeting, a heater and defroster, lights in the trunk and glove box, and two cup indentations on the glove box door to hold drinks at drive-in restaurants. The Decor Group options included a deluxe steering wheel, wheel covers, and chrome pedal trim plates. The 1962 Pontiac Catalina debuted the custom Ventura interior, which included the Decor Group options as well as top-of-the-line Morrokide vinyl upholstery or cloth trims. The Ventura interior lasted through the 1970 model year. The body styles evolved from the 1950s through the 1970s, and the 1968 model year added government-mandated safety features such as a safety steering wheel, soft interior components, and dual-circuit hydraulic brakes. Pontiac Catalina enthusiasts can find great deals on used, restored, or donor cars on eBay, as well as parts and manuals.

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