1966 Pontiac Bonneville: Yellow Submarine!

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Somehow, the title “Yellow Submarine” comes to mind, not only from it’s current appearance, but also what we would have called this sled in the sixties. The few pictures posted on here on craigslist make this appear solid and the 86,000 miles seem possible. The $2,500 asking seems very reasonable if this Bonnie is not too far gone. Where do you suppose this has been living all these years, “In an octopus’s garden in the shade?” Sorry, those of you too young to remember the Beatles. Imagine if the interior is in decent shape. Wouldn’t this be a great driver pretty much as it is with a good wash and shine?

 

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Comments

  1. OKCPhil

    I wish there were more photos but it would make a great daily until gas prices go back up then you can park it and restore what is lacking. I’d leave it the yellow and get period correct wheels, clean and/or redo the interior first but then just drive it.

  2. don

    great! another flipper!

  3. redwagon

    this looks awfully yellow for a stock color. just a quick look on the web shows a light cream for a 66 bonneville or catalina but nothing as yellow as this looks. would love to see the manufacturers plate.

    • jim

      my father had a yellow with a black vinyl roof. It was every bit as yellow as that. He bought it new at VV Cook Pontiac in Louisville Ky by way it has bucket seat with a white interior

  4. George

    I would probably go for it. It seems like a fair price, but need to check carefully for rust. Southern PA, so maybe not too bad.

    It needs a couple more hubcaps, although maybe they’re in the trunk and the wheels will look a bit better. Although not a fan of the wide whites on it, but they need to be replaced anyway. Love the big @ss CB antenna! 70s still live on!

  5. George

    It may well be a repaint. I don’t recall too many manufacturers painting wheels body color.

    • jaygryph

      My 69 Galaxie 500 wagon has dog dish caps and body painted wheels, not sure if those were done later but they seem to match the original paint pretty closely so it might have happened.

  6. jaygryph

    Man, this looks so much like one I had. Same car but in black on black. Someone crunched the fender then parked it under a tree with about 40k on the clock. It still had the leather driving gloves under the front seat and build sheet in the glovebox. Would have been a very slick looking car when it was new in all black.

    Ended up selling it to a local Pontiac guy who parted it out so a lot of it’s parts went elsewhere to keep other cars racking up miles which makes me happy. The car itself was very rusty from sitting on flats in the mud and the interior had been moist a very long time and mostly ruined.

    Still, that was a very neat car. I did get it running and moving enough to drive up and down the road a few times with it and it was quite the experience. Particularly the bit where the inside became a sandblast cabinet when the rotted floors sucked up all the dust and junk from the gravel road at around 30 mph.

    Good times.

  7. JB1971SX Member

    Ha! I bought a car exactly like this–1966 2-door Bonneville in yellow–as the first car I ever bought with my own money. I was waiting tables at a Perkins Pancake House circa 1986 when the original owner came in. I saw it thru the window and started talking to him about it. I gave him my number, and a few weeks later he called, ready to sell. It was only running on 7 cylinders. My plan was (with Dad’s help) to source another 389 and get it running again. Even “only” 20 years after, it was still hard to find a 389. Just as well: During the hunt, we had occasion to get underneath and the frame was rusted almost all the way thru near the rear wheels. A life parked outside in Belleville, NJ will do that.

    So my caution to anyone considering this–especially since it looks like it has been in a field, lug-nut deep in mud: Check the frame!

  8. GOPAR

    I had a ’66 Grand Prix many years ago (same body with a sport trim package). I remember the power and torque of the 389. Man, that thing was fast for a big car!

    • Steve hagebusch

      Grand prixs are not the same as a bonnie….considering i have both the prix uses the smaller catalina frame also completely diff roof from a bonnie or cat compared to a prix….also prixs was pontiacs luxury sports car….(before the gto came to be)…..the g.p. also comes with buckets and console as standard but could order it with a strato bench and column shift where as it was a option for cats an bonnies to have buckets/console……so the prix was a car of its own line like the gto……

  9. JACKinNWPA Jack Member

    Good advise, even a southern Pa car that old can harbor much rust. I still like it.

  10. Wayne Thomas

    If there is not an overabundance of rust then this car screams for a LS2 GTO engine swap. Awesome cruiser.

  11. pontiactivist

    A southern pa car, probably parts car considering how these rust. Shame too. I would do it as a 2+2 clone with a 421 tri-power. Make a nice cruiser if not too bad.

  12. George

    Maryland plates, slightly further south.

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