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Wheels in the Grass

'69 Pontiac Catalina, Lewiston, N.Y.

Although Pontiac’s big news for the year may have been the all-new Grand Prix, the rest of the line wasn’t too shabby either. This 1969 Pontiac Catalina is resting by the side of a barn in the town of Lewiston. Although the paint job looks terrible, the rest of the car looks to be in pretty good shape. The Catalina was the full-sized Pontiac’s base series, below the middle Executive and high-end Bonneville. The Catalinas were the big sellers, with the two-door hardtop selling 84,006 units, just about 600 fewer than the four-door sedan. This coupe had a list price of $3,174 when new, about $120 more than a Chevy Impala. My vote is for the Catalina.

See the brochure (Pontiac brochures from the 1960s had beautiful artwork) here.

Catalina convertible (brochure art)

Executive wagon (brochure art)

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know