Catalina

Airplane Hangar Find! 1965 Pontiac Catalina

The Catalina was a part of the lineup for more than 30 years (1950-81). During the 1960s and 1970s, it would be Pontiac’s full-size entry-level car, although it was by no means spartan. The third generation was built between… more»

389 V8 Tri-Power: 1962 Pontiac Catalina

Unless you got your hands on one of the rare, race-ready Super Duty Pontiacs in 1962, the next best thing was a Catalina with a Tri-Power 389 engine. These engines were like the later 6-Packs at Chrysler, with 3×2-barrel… more»

Easy Project? 1956 Pontiac Chieftain

In the mid-1950s, the Pontiac Chieftain was akin to Chevrolet’s mid-range 210. While the basic platform was the same, the Pontiac rode on a seven-inch longer wheelbase. The Star Chief may have been similar to the Bel Air as… more»

Nicest One Left? 1970 Pontiac Catalina

The Catalina was Pontiac’s “bread and butter” car of the 1960s and 1970s. You could equate to it being Pontiac’s version of the Chevy Impala. In 1970, more than 45% of all the Pontiacs built were badged as Catalina’s,… more»

Collection of Cars in Cheyenne, Wyoming

The downside of collecting cars is that once you pass away, it’s left to your loved ones to either maintain or dispose of what you’ve amassed. And more times than not, they don’t share your passion for this car… more»

Dusty Garage Find: 1973 Pontiac Catalina

Twenty years can be an eternity in the automotive world. History shows that not only can vehicle platforms rise and fall in that timeframe, but so can entire brands! This 1973 Pontiac Catalina has been sitting in this garage… more»

Original 400/Turbo 400! 1967 Pontiac Catalina

The first new car I was old enough to actually remember my father buying was a 1970 Pontiac Catalina.  I also remember stopping by his favorite service station on our way home and the owner commenting that it was… more»

Tri-Power V8 Project: 1966 Pontiac Catalina Convertible

This 1966 Pontiac Catalina is likely a rare car. It’s a convertible, it has a 421 V8 with triple 2-barrel carburetors, 2+2-style interior, and factory air conditioning. A lot of restoration work has already been done, especially mechanically, and… more»

Stored 14 Years: 1960 Pontiac Catalina

In 1959, the Catalina became the entry-level car in the Pontiac line-up (the name had been used as a trim line back to 1950). Using GM’s new B-body platform, the car looked quite different than previous models. This 1960… more»

42k Original Miles: 1966 Pontiac Catalina

Practicality has to take center stage for some enthusiasts when searching for a classic to park in their garage. Anyone who has ever struggled to get small children into the back seat of a two-door car can attest to… more»

Older Customization: 1975 Pontiac Catalina

The 1971-76 generation of full-size Pontiacs were some of the last of the really big cars at General Motors. The large B-bodied GM models would be downsized in 1977 to become more fuel-efficient as the automotive landscape had changed… more»

Florida Shed Find: 1958 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina

The words “ran when parked” are enough to gladden the hearts of many classic car enthusiasts. For others, it sends a shiver down their spine. That is the story behind this 1958 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina. Judging by the heavy… more»

1952 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina With 6,300 Genuine Miles!

Occasionally a classic car will appear on our desks here at Barn Finds, and it will leave us struggling for words. That is the case with this 1952 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina. Its presentation is superb, but that is the… more»

Bubble Top 389 V8: 1959 Pontiac Catalina

The Catalina was a Pontiac staple for more than 30 years, but 1959 would be the first year it would be a series of its own. GM styling was interesting during the 1959-60 model years, with their “bubble top”… more»

Airport Coach: 1961 Pontiac Catalina Safari

Given the attrition that occurs over 60 years, you don’t see all that many 1961 cars these days. But you almost never see one that was converted into a coach to transport passengers to and from the airport. Such… more»

455 V8! 1964 Pontiac Catalina

Throughout the 1960s, the Catalina was Pontiac’s entry level full-size car. But that didn’t mean it was a bare-bones model. The Catalina was nicely equipped, just not as decked out as the upscale Bonneville. And they could be had… more»