Yellow Yacht: 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible – SOLD!

Feb 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

March 3, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving a land-yacht-sized American convertible on a sunny day.  This 455-powered, driver-quality, 1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible originally listed in February 2021 in Downington, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) for $8,900 proves you don’t need to have a show-quality car to enjoy that feeling. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Bonneville priced below this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $10,300.  Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $5,750 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $9,950.

Pontiac’s fourth-generation Bonneville launched in 1965 received a minor styling update for 1969. While the front fascia remained similar to the prior year’s, the rest of the car received updates. Designers removed side creases and lessened the overall “Coke Bottle” effect. The rear end received widened hockey-stick-shaped taillights and a color-coded bumper insert. The interior saw even more updates, featuring more padding, wood trim, and a slanted dashboard.

Pontiac labeled its 1969 ad campaign “The Great Break-Away” and this sales and marketing video talks about the GM division’s entire line-up that year:

This driver-quality appears to have been thoroughly sorted to make it the “good running cruiser” the seller states in their description.  Additionally, the 455 cubic inch big block from a ’72 Pontiac has been resealed and sorted as well. With the driver’s side floor repaired, we would go through the balance of this car’s underside to ensure you won’t have any additional rust to contend with, particularly in the truck area.  If everything checks out, you’ll have a nice land yacht just in time for spring cruising for you and five friends or family members.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Good running cruiser, lots of new parts. Starting from the top- the top is new, black with glass window ( picture was take before new top , new pictures will be available) boot, carpet, AM/FM/CD/Aux with speakers, 3 gauge cluster, carpet PW motors and windshield wipers. Under carriage has new tires, gas tank, drivers side floor pan, shocks and springs all the way around, sway bar and struts. Installed new brakes, front discs, rear drums, brake lines, and master cylinder. Under the hood the Pontiac has a 455 from a 1972. The engine was pulled , degreased, broken down and rebuilt with new gaskets, adjusted rockers, new water pump and cover, timing chain, head gasket, and repainted. It was reinstalled with new valve covers, air cleaner, fuel pump and starter. It has a new radiator, hoses and belts, new battery, cables, electronic ignition distributor with coil, wires and plugs.
The interior is good, the exterior needs some TLC. price is obo”

Restore or drive as-is: what would you do with this Bonneville?  Comment below and let us know!


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