BF Auction: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Sold for $2,050View Result

Buying a classic with history can prove irresistible, especially if the vehicle is already inherently desirable. That opportunity awaits the high bidder on this 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. It is complete and solid, but the custom paint and signage indicate it spent at least part of its life as a promotional vehicle. Its most pressing immediate need is a new owner, with the owner listing it exclusively at Barn Finds Auctions.

The seller has provided photos of this Bonneville when they purchased it in 2003. At that time, it looked to be wearing tired non-original paint but was in good mechanical condition. The seller had it painted the original color in 2004 and then about a year later they had it wrapped in vinyl to match their race car, which is pictured above with this car. The signage and website addresses fascinated me, so I investigated them to see what they revealed. Of particular interest is 1963pontiac.com, which could prove a valuable resource to the winning bidder. It contains plenty of helpful information on these classics and an excellent photo gallery of reader cars. The new owner might become involved in sharing the next chapter of this classic’s life with fellow enthusiasts via that site. Potential buyers face plenty of positive news with this Pontiac. The Arizona sun that has baked its paint has done a stellar job preserving the classic steel. There are areas of peeling paint and surface corrosion but no evidence of penetrating rust. The panels are straight, with the consistent gaps suggesting no history of prior accident damage or repairs. The soft top has seen better days, but the frame should be fine following some TLC. Most of the trim should respond positively to work with a high-quality polish, and there appear to be no glass issues.

Pontiac developed a reputation for producing high-performance models during the 1960s. Although the focus with this classic would have been more towards luxury, it could still pin its occupants in their seats when the driver stomped on the gas. Its engine bay houses a 389ci V8, while the original owner added a three-speed Hydramatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. With that V8 burbling through a dual exhaust and 303hp at the driver’s disposal, this 4,180 lb gentle giant would have stormed the ¼-mile in 16.8 seconds. If the driver kept the pedal to the metal, it would run out of breath with the needle nudging 124mph. That represents some rapid wind-in-the-hair motoring for the occupants. This Bonneville is mechanically complete and unmodified. It was driven to its current location and hasn’t been started since, but the drivetrain components are some of the toughest in the automotive world. Therefore, coaxing it back to life may be possible with little effort or expense.

Although it has sat exposed to the elements, this Convertible’s interior springs a surprise or two. The wheel is cracked, while the door and rear seat trims have succumbed to UV damage. However, the dash looks good, and the seat covers should present nicely for an unrestored survivor. There are a couple of slightly discolored spots, but no evidence of rips or sunrot. The console is intact, and the buyer receives a wide selection of luxury appointments. These include power windows, a power driver’s seat, courtesy lamps everywhere, and the Super Deluxe AM radio with the optional rear speaker. And don’t forget those sweet 8-lug wheels that it’s riding on, which the seller points out are all in good condition.

This 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible leaves me torn because returning it to a factory-fresh state is a straightforward proposition. However, investigating its past and preserving it largely untouched has an attraction. Either approach is valid, and it would undoubtedly draw a crowd in either form. Which path would you choose? Once you decide, are you tempted to make that dream a reality by submitting a bid? If you do, I’d like to wish you good luck in your latest classic journey.

  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Engine: 389 ci V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • VIN: 863D38084
  • Title Status: Clean

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Sold for: $2,050
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Ended: May 5, 2023 12:00pm MDT
Winner: Rjspokane
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    Rjspokane bid $2,050.00  2023-05-05 10:44:41
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    jrsimpson
    bid $1,950.00  2023-05-05 10:38:36
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    Rjspokane bid $1,850.00  2023-05-05 09:53:50
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    Hueby bid $1,650.00  2023-05-03 17:51:39
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    Jp_kleist
    bid $1,550.00  2023-05-01 03:59:58
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    Pontiac man bid $1,450.00  2023-04-30 15:39:38
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    Hueby bid $1,100.00  2023-04-29 17:28:57
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    Parscars
    bid $1,000.00  2023-04-28 23:23:12
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    Pro Design bid $900.00  2023-04-28 13:38:07
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    Wareagle01 bid $725.00  2023-04-28 11:44:26
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    Reid Hardenbergh
    bid $599.00  2023-04-28 11:07:06
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    Wareagle01 bid $499.00  2023-04-28 06:31:00
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    Reid Hardenbergh bid $100.00  2023-04-28 00:23:03

Comments

  1. Avatar photo CCFisher

    Nicely equipped! I’d like to see it restored rather than preserved. I see bucket seats and a console, but the window sticker calls out a power bench seat. Also, this car should have a 4-speed Hydra-matic. Smaller Pontiacs used a 3-speed Roto-hydra-matic (aka Slim Jim).

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    • Avatar photo GHR Member

      CCFisher. I am the owner and I am puzzled as you are. I did not make any alterations to the vehicle and I didn’t remember there had been any made. It has been a while since I drove and when I did, it was not driven very often. The interior looks stock. I see by the images that it has the shifter lever on the column so at the time I must have know there had been changes.

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      • Avatar photo Reid Hardenbergh Member

        In one of the pictures there is a 1963 superior stretch limo. Did you auction it earlier this month? I have 3 of these and would be interested if you still have it or know who bought it. I also would be interested in the other pictured 63’s

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      • Avatar photo Will

        Reid, I’m the new owner of the limo. Probably not interested in reselling it but if you want to chat limos send me an email

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    • Avatar photo gary chamberlain

      Yes, you are correct with the transmission. Would you need a slim jim? I bought an engine with one attached & cannot use it, as I have a Super Hydra-matic in my Safari.

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  2. Avatar photo Jranders

    Where do you see a/c vents?

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    • Avatar photo GHR Member

      Jranders. It is not an air conditioned car. Why do you mention them?

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  3. Avatar photo Bill Hange

    Has the car been covered at all particularly given a top is needed? Any idea on actual miles?

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    • Avatar photo GHR Member

      Bill Hange – Mileage 91,191. No idea if it was covered before I bought it in 2003. Since then it was either garaged or under a carport. I had put a new top on it shortly after I bought it. The top was in good shape when it was moved from under cover 4 or 5 years ago.

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      • Avatar photo Tman

        Interesting shark looking head on the passenger seat

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      • Avatar photo JAYPEA50

        If the top has been deteriorating over the last 4+ years then what condition are the floor pans in? I’m concerned about rust.

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      • Avatar photo GHR Member

        JAYPEA50 – It’s in Phoenix – It’s a dry heat.

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  4. Avatar photo Robert Milliron

    Could I have someone come look at this car?

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    • Avatar photo Robert Milliron

      Could you send me an address so we could look at it?

      Thank you

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  5. Avatar photo 64 Bonneville

    Radio looks almost like an AM/FM I have from a 63 Bonneville. I wonder if the buckets and console were added prior to acquiring it?

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  6. Avatar photo Reid Hardenbergh Member

    GHR
    Is the stretch limo or the other cars pictured for sale. I have 3, 1963 Superior stretch Pontiacs and looking for a 4th.

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    • Avatar photo GHR Member

      Reid Hardenbergh. Yes, the limousine and 2 other 63’s were auctioned earlier in the month. The other cars in the image will be listed in future auctions.

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      • Avatar photo Hueby Member

        I am interested in all of what you have left to auction. If there is a chance of getting the contact info on the limo purchaser it would be much appreciated.
        Thanks
        Reid Hardenbergh

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