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Still on the Road Dept.

1971 Pontiac Ventura II, Depew, N.Y.

In 1971, Pontiac introduced the Ventura II, its version of the compact Chevy Nova. The biggest differences were the taillights and grille (and the price: $2,376 for the Nova vs $2,458 for the Ventura II). In 1973, when General Motors restyled their compacts, Buick and Oldsmobile joined the bandwagon with the Apollo and the Omega. This ’71 Ventura II was spotted in a Depew, N.Y. driveway, where it appears to still be in service. A few dings here and there, but otherwise it looks pretty complete, right down to the hubcaps and the “Don Davis” dealer nameplate on the back.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

'71 Ventura II promotional art


  • Dean

    An incredible work of art. Very distinctive and with some other options perhaps not available on the Chevrolet side. A fantastic looking car. Most beautiful. How many cars can you say that about.

  • Lurkis Maximus

    Man they sure look different; I thought it was a tribute band at first.

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      Some cursory research would indicate that although it may be the officially endorsed group, from a personnel standpoint it is rather one dimensional. Almost fifty years later, one can see how that might occur.

      • Lurkis Maximus

        Shamed into conducting a cursory search, I learn the truth. But shouldn’t they be billed as “”The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue”?

      • Ridgewaycynic2013

        I certainly didn’t mean to shame you…I was referring to my hasty research on the topic. I actually think ‘1/5th of the 5th Dimension’ might be more accurate.

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