Thanks to reader BentleyGuy, who sent us this l-o-n-g and cool 1974 Pontiac Catalina Airporter find! It’s located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and is for sale here on craigslist for $4,500.
The full length of this vehicle can be appreciated in this picture. Got a huge family? Want to move an entire baseball team at the same time? This is the classic for you! Said to run and drive (although I really hope they replace that left rear tire), we unfortunately don’t know much else about the car except from the pictures.
I’m guessing someone started the restoration of this mammoth car and decided it was too much. They did get some of the car stripped to bare metal, and either exposed or applied body filler in the right rear. Since they didn’t get any farther, I’m guessing exposed and were put off by the filler? One of the things that surprised me in this picture was the trailer hitch–who needs a trailer with that much space in the car?
We don’t get to see much of the interior, but from what I can tell, it looks serviceable. I’m guessing the front area and dash don’t look as nice, especially if it’s been in the sun for a long time. There sure is a lot of room there…we’ve had grandkids over and squabbling recently; I’m thinking it would be nice to give each one their own ROW of seats when we take our next trip!
The seller tells us it’s a 454 engine; as best as I can tell, it should have a 455 V-8 with only 250 emissions-strangled horsepower. It’s nice to see that AC compressor there, though. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter that much to me if it were a 454, either one should have enough oomph available to move the limo down the road fast enough for me. I think the seller is being a little ambitious on price, but they do say “O.B.O” (or best offer), so who knows what you could actually get this car for if you showed up with cold cash. How much do you think this one is worth, and what would you do with it if you ended up with the car? Let us know in the comments!