Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pontiac Bonneville

The Pontiac Bonneville was a full-size automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1957 to 2005. It was introduced as a limited production performance convertible during the 1957 model year. The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981), and its platform partner, the Grand Ville, are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built; in station wagon body styles they reached just over 19 feet (5.8 m) long, and were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time (2.5 short tons, 5,000 lb or 2,300 kg).

Bonneville became a separate model in 1958, available as a coupe or a convertible. It paced the Indianapolis 500 in its first year. As a separate model Bonneville had a significantly lower price tag of around $3,000 thanks to the demotion of most of the luxury items found on the 1957 Star Chief bodystyle from standard equipment to the option list.

Also a 300 horsepower (220 kW) 370 cubic inches (6,100 cc) V8 with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts was now standard equipment. The fuel-injection system offered with the standard engine on the 1957 Star Chief bodystyle was now listed as an extra cost option but very few 1958 Bonnevilles were so equipped due to a towering price tag of over $500 USD, which was not considered a very good value considering that for less than $100 USD, a Tri-Power option was available with three two-barrel carburetors and even more power. The electric clock was standard.

In its third year, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series with the addition of the four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles. The Bonneville played an important part that year in the introduction of two of Pontiac's greatest marketing inspirations — the split grille and the Wide Track slogan.

The latter was not just ad copy, either, as Pontiac pushed its wheels further out toward the fenders than anyone else and created what were considered to be the best-cornering full-size cars in the industry. Both the grille design and the Wide Track phrase remained part of Pontiac's image up to its termination. A "Safe-T-Track" differential, used to minimize wheel spin, was an option beginning in 1959.

Der Pontiac Bonneville war ein Full-Size-Automobils durch den Pontiac Division von General Motors 1957 bis 2005 gebaut. Es wurde in einer limitierten Produktion Cabrio Leistung während des Modelljahres 1957 vorgestellt. Die Bonneville (bekannt als die Pariserin in Kanada bis 1981), und seine Plattform-Partner, der Grand Ville, sind einige der größten jemals gebauten Pontiacs; in Kombi Karosserievarianten erreichten sie knapp über 19 Fuß (5,8 m) lang, und waren auch einige der schwersten Autos im Zeitpunkt (2,5 short tons, £ 5.000 oder 2.300 kg) hergestellt.

La Pontiac Bonneville était une automobile en pleine dimension construite par la division Pontiac de General Motors de 1957 à 2005. Il a été présenté comme un cabriolet performances de production limitée au cours de l'année 1957 modèle. La Bonneville (connu sous le nom Parisienne au Canada jusqu'en 1981), et son partenaire la plate-forme, la Ville du Grand, sont quelques-uns des plus grands jamais construits Pontiac; dans des styles Station Wagon corps ils ont atteint un peu plus de 19 pieds (5,8 m) de long, et étaient aussi quelques-unes des plus lourdes voitures produites à l'époque (2,5 tonnes courtes, 5000 lb ou 2300 kg).

 La Pontiac Bonneville era una full-size automobile costruita dalla Pontiac divisione di General Motors 1957-2005. E 'stato introdotto come convertibile limitate prestazioni di produzione durante l'anno 1957 modello. La Bonneville (conosciuta come la Parisienne in Canada fino al 1981), e il suo partner piattaforma, la Ville Grand, sono alcuni dei più grandi mai costruite Pontiac, negli stili di carrozzeria station wagon hanno raggiunto poco più di 19 piedi (5.8 m) di lunghezza, e sono stati anche alcune delle più pesanti vetture prodotte al momento (2,5 tonnellate corte, 5.000 lb o 2.300 kg).

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