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Barn-Finds-Mobile: 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Wagon


This one has Barn Finds written all over it, doesn’t it? Thanks so much Charles H. for sending this one in! When I first saw the pictures of this terrific wagon, I started fantasizing about a Barn Finds company car (just kidding, Jesse)! This one has been stored since 1994 in Washington state, and has recently been reawakened in Lake Worth, Florida. It’s for sale here on eBay for the buy it now price of only $2,000.


Look at that patina! Yes, the right rear fender is damaged; the seller quite correctly notes that it’s available here from a vendor, although some fabrication work will still be necessary. But this Pontiac has a lot of options; look at the list on the auction for details, but you can see the power windows, power seat and tilt steering in the pictures.


And here’s one of the other things that makes this car special; look at those 8-lug wheels! Even the tires look pretty decent. Unfortunately, the brakes are currently non-functional, although some parts have been purchased already and the drums are said to be in good condition.


This is said to be the worst of the rust; I’m thinking I could handle this with my trust plasma cutter and a welder, but I’d be tempted to drive it as is (after fixing the brakes!) for a while. Have to get some sort of tail light functional on the right rear as well.


The engine isn’t the four-barrel 389 that the car came with originally, but a 2-barrel 400 would get me enough torque to pull a car trailer with and still deliver enough mileage to drive the car on a semi-regular basis. I think this one’s cool, and at this price I don’t think it will last long!


  1. EmmyJ

    I could swear this is the same car featured in June: http://barnfinds.com/1963-pontiac-bonneville-employee-special/ If so, the price has dropped.

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    • RayT Member

      I think you’re right, EmmyJ. Would be quite a coincidence to find two Pontiac wagons of the same year, same color, same rust patches and oddball options on BF — those eight-lug wheels weren’t all that common when new, and I’ve never seen ’em on a wagon before — without them being the same car.

      For my personal taste, this is too big, too thirsty and too much work to be of interest. The Hillman Husky below is more my style! But I enjoy seeing these here, and hope someone feels the urge to fix up (and shine up) this behemoth.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Yep, it’s the same car. The current owner found it through the site and is selling it at a loss because they are being relocated. Strange I know, but if it were closer, I would seriously be tempted to buy it and paint a BF logo on the door.

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      • Chebby

        not strange at all, that’s a great idea!

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  2. joeinthousandoaks

    Yep, that’s the same car. LS1 swap?

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  4. KN

    I remember those wheels and brake drums from 60’s Grand Prixs.

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  5. Charles H.

    Yeah…..I think it would make a splendid Barn Finds Co. car!…Just has the “LOOK”

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  6. Mark S

    With an anchor plate tacked on to that right back corner, and some careful pulling with a come along followed by some hammer and dolley work while still under tension that could be pulled back out. Might take a few hours, but that panal could be saved. I think that if your going to restore it it’s good to save as much original metal as possible. Now that wagons are making a come back this might be worth doing. Nice find.

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  7. Luke Fitzgerald

    That poncho is f$&@ed – 8 lugs not worth the effort – they deform when they’re so old and get hot – saying that, rare car – but it’ll sink the new owner (especially with non matching engine – GM people get themselves in even more of a twist than mopar guys on that subject)

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  8. Mike R

    Or maybe vintage Tri-power!

    Thing just screams “rat rod”…strap a board on the roof and boogie on :)

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  9. Horse Radish

    I get weak for station wagons….
    luckily this thing is too big, too heavy and toooooo far away.

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  10. Woodie Man

    Hey at two grand anything is worth buying….almost. Gonna take beaucoup large.say 25 to square this. Too bad its so roached.

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  11. David G

    Wow, amazing options on this one! Have never seen PV or PA on a wagon, let alone *any* 63 Pontiac. Too bad she endured such a period of neglect since it could be her death nell…

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