Preserved Poncho: 1968 Pontiac Bonneville 12K Mile Time Capsule – Sold?
March 4, 2021 Update – Perhaps a similar feature of this car recently on BarnFinds.com helped, but we just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
January 21st, 2020 Update – Another month and another new listing with no changes in description, pictures, or the asking price of $30,000.
December 20th, 2020 Update – We just came across a fresh listing for this 12,071 original mile survivor Bonneville. The private seller appears to remain firm on the $30,000 asking price.
When it comes to late-sixties Pontiacs, the writer always preferred the long flowing lines of the brand’s full-size offerings. A prime example is this 1968 Pontiac Bonneville two-door hardtop currently originally listed in November 2020 on Craigslist in Easton, Connecticut. With its fender skirts in place, just look at those flowing lines and imposing length that makes this car look like it’s moving even when standing still. If the $30,000 asking price gives you pause, the surprise here is this example is a two-owner car with a documented 12,071 original miles. This may be the newest 1968 Pontiac Bonneville in existence and is priced accordingly. While researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the second owner’s ask is over $10,000 above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $19,775, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller actually has their Pontiac priced between the #3 “Good” estimate of $18,700 and the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $32,000 before factoring in the premium for factory air conditioning. If you are serious about buying this time capsule, you can start the conversation by calling Jim at (203) 339-5590. When you do, please remember to mention you saw his Bonneville featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
Here’s Hagerty’s Take on the 1965-1970 full-size Pontiacs from the Valuation Guide:
“By the mid-1960s, Pontiac was firmly in place as GM’s performance car division, and the Bonneville was Pontiac’s most powerful full-size model. The fourth generation of the car debuted in 1965, and the new generation was an evolutionary change from the 1964 model year. A variety of bodies were once again available, including a 2-door or 4-door hardtop, a 2-door convertible, and a 4-door station wagon. Interiors were an upgraded version of the Pontiac Star Chief interior of the same year, adding padded surfaces, courtesy lights, and upgraded cloth or vinyl upholstery options.
Under the hood, the 1965 Bonneville featured a 389-c.i. V-8 engine at 333 horsepower with the 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission, and 325 with the Hydramatic automatic transmission.
For 1966, the Bonneville hardly changed at all, but in 1967 the engine shifted to a 400-c.i. power plant that produced the same horsepower numbers. However, several versions of a high-output 428-c.i. V-8 were also available, yielding up to 390 horsepower. The 1967 model year also saw the end of the trademark mid-19960s Pontiac split grille, with the car’s new face being much less imposing with de-emphasized headlights.
A 4-door sedan was introduced to the Bonneville line in 1968, along with further upgrades to interior luxury. The bodywork became sleeker and the headlights were now side-by-side instead of stacked. Base engine horsepower was increased to 340 from the 400-c.i. engine at 10.5:1 compression when paired with the new Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. However, manual transmission Bonnevilles came with the same 8.6:1 engine at just 265 horsepower.”
While this nearly four-minute-long 1968 Pontiac promotional video highlights all of the brand’s models for the year, we think you’ll agree their full-size offerings are the most streamlined of the lot:
If you dreamed of owning a Bonneville new back in 1968 but couldn’t afford it back then, now is your opportunity to buy what is essentially a 52-year-old new car, right down to its original bias-ply tires. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1968 Pontiac Bonneville two-door hardtop
This is a second owner car, I purchased it from the original owner and have owned it for the last 25 years. It has always been garaged and has been in storage for the last four years.
This car still has the four original factory tires and 12,067 miles, making it a mint, original condition car. The condition of this car at it’s age is an extremely rare find.
It is located in Easton, Connecticut.
If interested, or for more photos or information please call Jim at 203 339 5590“
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