Firmly Unsold: 1978 Pontiac Bonneville Landau – STILL $9,995

Aug 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

August 3rd Update:  While preparing for our latest Malaise Monday feature we noticed a fresh listing for this 400 cubic inch V8 equipped 1978 Pontiac Bonneville Two Door Landau.  Despite what appears to be a lack of buyers, the seller kept the price of his councours-quality Pontiac at $9,995.

July 19th Update:  Another three months have passed since we last saw a listing for this 6.6 Liter factory-equipped and nicely optioned  1978 Bonneville Two Door Landau.  While the listing is new, the price remains firm at $9,995. We predict this pretty and well optioned survivor will remain in the seller’s garage until they decide to lower the price a few thousand more as these late seventies Bonnevilles have yet to resonate with anyone other than the most hard core Pontiac enthusiasts.

April 6th Update:  It’s hard to believe its been two months already since we first featured this Sea Foam Green 1978 Pontiac Bonneville in early February with an initial asking price of $10,900.  Over the weekend we came across a fresh post in which the seller lowered the price $905 to $9,995. Despite the decrease, the asking price still represents a $3,000 premium above the current NADA classic car value range for this “turn-key, collector quality” ride.  Good luck with the purchase!

While Pontiac’s Trans Am stole the much of the limelight heavily promoting the soon-to-be extinct 400 cubic inch V8 in 1978, it was not the only model you could still order with the division’s biggest engine.  A prime example is this Sea Foam Green 1978 Pontiac Bonneville Two-Door Landau we came across here on Craigslist in Pelham, Massachusetts now offered at $9,995.  While the current price is down from the original ask of $10,995 last fall, it still lands well above the NADA Guides Collector Car Online Valuation Tool “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,312, $4,625, $6,625, respectively so you’ll have to decide whether you’re willing to pay the premium for what’s billed as a “turn-key, collector quality” Bonneville formerly owned by a past President of the Pontiac Oakland Club.  If you are serious about buying this Bonneville, you can start the conversation by calling Steve at (978) 807-6093.

1978 was the second year for GM’s downsized B-Body cars and Pontiac’s Bonneville was arguably the best looking of the bunch as they came with a nice mix of luxury with a hint of sportiness.  After playing second fiddle to the Grandville earlier in the decade, for 1977 Bonneville regained its flagship duties on the downsized big car line that were 14 inches shorter in length, over four inches narrower, and 800 pounds lighter compared to their 1976 counterparts, yet featured increased headroom, rear seat legroom and trunk space, and much-improved fuel economy.  If you’re a Pontiac fan who dares to be different from the sea of Trans Ams seen at nearly every event, this Bonneville makes a fine alternative.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful Bonneville in excellent condition throughout. High quality base coat-clear repaint in factory Sea-Foam Green completed several years ago still looks new. Final year for Pontiac 400 engine. COLD A/C. Upgraded stereo with CD. Rear defroster. Factory gages, handling package, and front/rear sway bars. No winters ever and always garaged. Super clean rust free body, frame and undercarriage. Runs and drives 100%. All service and maintenance is up to date. $4500 invested within past 3 seasons for preventative maintenance. Brand new factory correct sea-foam green vinyl top. Original window sticker and extensive documentation included. This is a Turn- Key Bonneville in top condition. Collector quality and prior ownership by President of Pontiac-Oakland Club. Sold with Bill of Sale and clear NH. Title. Serious inquiries please call owner directly. Thank you.

Do you have a Bonneville story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Analog Man

    It’s funny…. it’s called the ‘malaise’ era for good reasons. The cars of the time weren’t built very well. They performed much worse than pre-1973 cars because of the early primitive emissions control systems. The Big 3 were all having problems, contributed to in part by poor macroeconomic conditions. Most of the cars of the time were not loved even back then. We knew they were crap.

    But now, looking back through the lenses of nostalgia, they have character and personality. Somehow, many of them (like this Bonneville) are more interesting than all the anonymous appliance boxes sold today. There aren’t too many malaise era cars left, and they’re relatively cheap compared to the ‘real’ classics. Seems to make a reasonably priced way to get an interesting ride.

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