If it’s Friday, then it’s time for another Junkyard Outtake. This week, we explore the wonderful world of B-body Bonnies – both on and off the road.
You may recall the beginnings of this story from Tuesday’s QOTD, in which I was heading down to see yet another B-body coupe – yes, in the very same yard that gave us a crack at that sweet Electra coupe two weeks back. Well, here it is!
This 1981 Bonneville looks like it was in pretty decent shape, right up until whatever mishap befell it. It’s also worth noting that, if you added some more doors, this one would be a dead ringer for my former ’81. Same color paint, trim, top… everything.
Even the interior is that same mustard-colored cloth with a fleur-de-lis pattern. This one is much cleaner, though; mine had been soaking wet and thoroughly rodent infested, causing me to swap in a Broughamtastic grey velour interior from a late ’80s Caprice. Cleanup was a two-day project, and required wire wheeling and repainting the floorpans just to get the stink out. Even after all these years, I can’t look at this interior without smelling mouse urine.
Digging for gold under the back seat bottom? Somebody at this yard has developed a habit of yanking backseats for no apparent reason, then flopping them back into place.
Not a bad dashboard for that era, if I do say so myself.
This is unfortunate. Whatever they hit, they hit it hard.
I’d bet this ruined their day.
Somehow, one of the parking lenses was spared.
Pry open the hood, and what do we find? An
Olds 260 Pontiac 265 V8 (thanks to readers Junqueboi and Joe Yoman for pointing out the discrepancy). So I guess that makes two differences – mine had a wheezy, smokey Pontiac 301.
Okay, make that three differences – mine was missing its chrome spoke covers. A fresh coat of gloss black for the steelies, chrome on the hubs, and four trim rings did the job just fine for me, but I would have preferred something a little nicer. Like a set of Rallye IIs. Or, had they been sitting here for $3 each at the time, these would have done just fine.
Did you notice the keys hanging in the trunk? My LeSabre was sold without a door key, so I seized the opportunity to pull all three locks and the key to match. I also bought this one’s power trunk release setup, and its immaculate trunk carpet, which will be a fine replacement for my Buick’s mouse-chewed one. (What’s with me and getting stuck with rodent infested B-bodies?)
But the bonanza isn’t over – not by a long shot! As I was leaving the yard, I fell into traffic behind this mid-late ’80s Parisienne sedan, looking sharp and clean. Bet he could use those arrowhead center caps for his spoke covers!
And as I proceeded homeward, I caught this similar four-door on the move, looking much more worn than the first.
Looks like he, too, could have used those center caps. His spokes are sporting Buick shields. (Is it just me, or does the front seat passenger look really relaxed?)
Three in one day – and a coupe amongst them. These kind of days won’t be getting any more frequent, so enjoy it while you can.
Long live the B-bodies!
Cool find. Love your junkyard pictures!
That Bonneville coupe sure would be sweet with some turbine wheels and an LS1 in it.
No love for my junkyard finds? 🙁 I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
I love your junkyard finds too Paul :).
That weird-ass looking silver truck/deathtrap thing earlier in the week was really cool.
Gotta say I live vicariously through y’all rummaging through salvage yards. I wish I had a camera back in the early 80’s when I did that almost weekly. Being a Mopar guy, I’d lust after every C-Body I laid my eyes on; and there were plenty back then. Seems the oil crisis sent tons to the scrap heap. Indeed, I dragged my ’68 Polara 500 convertible home from one missing an engine, tranny and most of its interior. This past spring, I’ve had it 30 years now!
Keep up the great work, guys. Wish I could tag along!
I was on travel for the government in Las Vegas in 1972, and of course scrounged license plates in several wrecking yards there. In front of one of them was a rust-free, straight olive green 57 DeSoto convertible that had just come in and was still complete. I still kick myself for not figuring out some way to get that home.
Wow, too bad about that car. I bet it was a special order seeing as though it looks fully loaded and lacks power windows. Did it have the digital-mechanical rolley clock at the top center of the dash?
It looks like the engine is a 301 on this one too (see the wide valve cover & 301-located cruise control diaphram).
Those rear-seat jerkers piss me off! They jerk the seat up incorrectly as was done on this car, bending up the metal frame out of shape & sometimes scuffing/tearing the upholstery in the process… Why? Loose change usually. Absolutely no consideration for anyone else that might need that rare part they just destroyed.
I always pull the seats but I’m after documentation…it’s really not hard to remove the seats quickly without leaving a footprint.
Power locks and crank-up windows. Weird indeed.
Was the clock part of the radio bezel? If not, then it didn’t have it. Mine didn’t have one either; don’t know if I’ve ever seen one.
You could be right on the engine. I just read the label on the shroud and took it at face value. (I’ve only ever owned one 301, and it was such a POS that I’ve never paid any attention to them since… trying to forget!)
So many bent-up back seat bottoms in that yard! Worse, patrons usually then grab the bottoms and use them as lay-downs, destroying any chance of saving them.
My eponymous truck had PDL and crank windows, and this was the Silverado trim to boot.
It’s quite possible that the original 265 was replaced by a 301 but note that the 1981 Catalina/Bonneville engine lineup did not consist of a 301. The std mill in all but wagons was Buick’s 231 110 HP V6. The 265 120 HP V8 was a coupe sedan option. Wagons came std with the Olds 307 with required 4 speed AOD transmission and this combo was offered as the top gas fired option for coupes and sedans. The 5.7 diesel was also offered this year.
My Grandmother bought lots of upmarket cars beginning with her ’64 Dodge Custom 880 on up to Chrysler New Yorkers and so on. She insisted on crank windows and manual door locks. Didn’t trust them confounded power things.
Her last car, a 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis (Town Car Lite) had ’em and that’s only because they came with the car as standard equipment.
If my Granny had wanted a Bonneville like this, it would’ve been equipped this way. No coupe, of course.
Actually what we are looking at here is the very last Pontiac produced V8. The small 4.3 liter 265 vin code “S” with 120 HP and 205 torque. The Olds 260 V8 was never offered in the Bonneville line from the factory and the only B-bodies to ever get them were Delta 88’s. The quickest and easiest way to tell and Olds V8 from the Pontiac engines of this era were to look for the oil cap/fill location and the oil dipstick plus the valve cover are noticeably different. All Olds V8’s from this era had the oil fill in front of the engine between the alternator and A/c compressor if equipped. The dip stick was on the driver’s side jutting up in between the exhaust manifold and the valve covers were slimmer and edgier. the Pontiac 265/301 engine family in contrast had the oil fill on the driver’s side valve cover which was a bit more rounded and the dip stick was located to the driver’s side rear near the windshield washer pump as seen in the pic.
Another difference between the Olds 260 and this 265 for the 1981 model year was power. The poor 260 could only mange a strangled 100 HP at 3600 RPM. The 265 made 120 at 4000 RPM. The 265 also manged 15 more LBS FT of torque at 205 vs 190. Of course both of these power figures are a joke today but back in the day I owned both a 1981 Cutlass with the 260 and a same year GP with the 265 and the Pontiac was far livelier feeling in everyday driving.
That would explain it. I saw 4.3 on the tag, four holes per bank, and assumed Olds. Guess there’s a first time for everything!
Funny that the 301 you had was such a dog. My 265 GP went nearly 200K without ever being opened up save for a new timing chain and gear set and was uber reliable, ran smooth and got about the same mileage as 231 V6 owners at the time.
I guess I learned something – I never knew Pontiac had IT’S OWN 260. Of course, none were available in California, and in hindsight, it’s a good thing too.
And Chevy had a 267 V8, too match. Buick bet on V6 motors instead of small cube 8’s, and won in long run.
nobody wants to remember any of them; all of the “cut down” V8s from GM and Ford were pretty poorly regarded. The Ford 255 Windsor was pathetic as well.
Everything you wanted to know about the Pontiac 265 V8 (and more, in the 118 comments): https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/the-almost-forgotten-engine-1980-1981-pontiac-265-cid-4-3l-v8-why-did-they-bother/
GM’s mix-and-match engine sharing of the ’80s drove me nuts when I was still wrenching. I could recount numerous arguments with parts jobbers where I had to insist “yes, I’m 100% sure this Caprice wagon has an Olds 307 and not a Chevy 305. I don’t care what the book says.”
9/10 times I’d still get the wrong part. Alternators weren’t too big of a deal; as I recall the difference was just clocking the alternator housing.
I totally forgot about the little 265 offering! The tire-shredding fury of the 301 must be too much to handle for some customers.
That’s what I thought too, they looked like Pontiac valve covers, not the Oldsmobile covers.
I imagine that the smaller displacement V8 was promoted in the gas crises era, when everyone became scared by large CID/Litre engines.
“Look, our engines are small now!!”
You know the little touches like the Pontiac logo in the headlight cluster are what used to make GM cars feel just a hair nicer.
My Dad had a 1992 Bonneville with “Pontiac” scripted on the headlights in black. It was a nice touch and the the script disappeared in later model years.
My 05 has the script on the headlight.
@Philhawk, they removed it in the later versions of H-body 2.0, yours is H-body 3.0 (final edition).
That is when they went to the molded in “Pontiac” on the bumpers of the H-body 2.5.
To think that A-body (fwd) 1.0 had an actual badge (not sticker) on the front top of the drivers side of the hood.
This has kind of returned now, the 14 Impalas have little bow ties in the headlights, Cadillacs have little crests hidden in the lights and the little chrome “V’s” on the seats.
That’s cool, Carmine. That always annoyed me that Ford/Lincoln/Mercury generally had “Ford” script on every part regardless of whether it was specific to a brand or not.
That is true, though I noticed that all the window glass on my Town Car has little Lincoln emblems on them.
just a thought…my dad, born in 1933, grew up with hydraulic power windows and never trusted them, so manual windows were a plus for him. after replacing a bunch of regs myself over the years, I like manuals myself….:)
That’s the Pontiac 301 . . . definitely not an Olds block as the 260 wasn’t available on the full sizers. Olds engines have the oil filler neck right up front . . .
In California, this would’ve been a Chevy 305 . . . .
Also interesting in that this has crank windows as power ones were still an upmarket option. Nowadays, even the cheapest little crapbox car has power windows . . . (I’m talking about the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage).
I don’t like the half vinyl roof it reminds me of a bad hairpiece.I like the Parisienne sedan,it looks like the sort of car gangsters would have in an 80s late night TV show a nice big trunk for a rat and a pair of big shovels
I’ve got a question for you B-Body fans. When the Parisienne came back on the B Body after the B Body Bonneville was discontinued, why did it use the Chevy front clip while using the Bonneville body from the a pillar back? The front wheelwheels with their lip always looked outta place on the skirted rears. (same issue I have with the Plymouth Scamp- Valiant front clip on a Dart quarterpanel)
My guess is continuity with the very brief Caprice bodied Parisienne and a quick and dirty way to update the 1980 Pontiac body.
Adding to theory. As RWD B body production wound down and up, depending on the year, all of the US market Parisienne cars always used the Caprice dashboard. By leaving the Caprice clip on the Parisienne, there was now very little difference with the Caprice wagon – certainly no unique sheet metal.
So, as B wagon production consolidated to one line, the power of badge engineering made the Parisienne wagon a trim variant of the Caprice – cheap and easy to produce.
1984 Capricesienne wagon………..
See my response below as to why the 1982-86 Parisienne and the 1987-89 Safari wagons used the Chevrolet parts like the dash. All GM b-body wagons use the same body, with the Chevrolet/Pontiac body lines. This was unlike the sedans, where the Olds and Buick had a separate body (same shell, different body lines). This also resulted in the front end sheet metal for the Olds and Buicks being non-interchangeable with the sedans due to the wagon using Chevrolet style body lines.
In the early 80’s GM had big plans to downsize all cars even further from the late 1970’s downsizing. Initially the plans were to downsize the fullsize Chevrolet and Pontiac from the B-body to the RWD G-body platform in 1982/3 model year. This was to be a stop gap before the new FWD “B-bodies” came out around1985. Of course, the FWD B-body never came to light but the FWD H-body replaced the Olds and Buick B-Body sedans. That said, Pontiac did carry out the plan by discontinuing the 1982 B-body Pontiac and “downsizing” the Bonneville to the G-body platform.
GM of Canada sold the G-body Bonneville, but was not satisfied with that car as its flagship sedan. Canadians have traditionally bought lots of its cheaper “Cheviacs” since these cars were more of an entry level sedan on par with Chevrolet. So with GM of Canada’s limited resources it decided to market its own separate fullsize sedan in Canada. Since the Chevrolet B-body was already being build in Oshawa at the time, GM of Canada went back to its old roots of using a Chevrolet body with Pontiac trim. This resulted in the 1982 Parisienne, a name which had plenty of history in Canada. This car was sold only in Canada.
With gas prices during this time becoming more reasonable, American Pontiac dealers wanted a real full size car and not midsized Bonneville. As a result GM decided to start to sell the GM of Canada Parisienne in the United States for 1983 and 1984. When 1985 rolled around, the car’s production moved back to the US and the old 1980-81 Pontiac quarter panel tooling was brought back to life giving the 1985-86 Parisienne a more distinctive look. Then of course in 1987, the H-body Pontiac Bonneville was released (as GM had planned to do earlier) and this made the Parisienne obsolete. Interestingly, Chevrolet B-bodies stayed popular enough that no FWD fullsize Chevrolet ever came to light in the 1980’s. It was these old RWD platforms that allowed GM to keep making money during Roger Smith’s mass exodus to the mostly unprofitable FWD sedans of the 1980s.
They didn’t use the Bonneville rear quarters at the start, the first couple of years of Parisiennes are basically Caprices with louvered Pontiac style taillights. I don’t think they started with the skirted rear until 1984-1985. The Parisienne was a hold out for Canadian Pontiac dealers that weren’t down with the Bonneville moving to the A/G body.
I posted the 1982-84 Parisiennes were rebadged Chevrolets and that only the 85-86 used the 80-81 quarters?!? Maybe I didn’t make it clear enough, but the 1982-84 Parisiennes used Chevrolet bodies including the quarter panels. There were no fender skirts until 1985 and 1986. The 1982-84 models used the Caprice/Impala quarters. In my original post I posted a link to the 1982 Parisienne brochure. This styling was used from 1982-84.
Yeah, that’s what I posted, dunno why you’re getting huffy about it.
I wasn’t getting huffy, I was just confused. I thought you were correcting my post, implying that I thought all Parisiennes used the Bonneville style quarters. I was just reiterating the model years the changes for the quarters and skirts occurred. Sorry for the misunderstanding. All I was trying to do was share the correct history of the 80’s Parisienne, which not many people seem to know.
The way the posts sometimes show up, the orders are mixed up. So sometimes you get replies that are similar, or that look like replies to your own post, when they are actually replies to the original post.
Okay, that makes sense now.
another annoying aspect about some of the years of the parisienne is that the unique Pontiac only interior was only on some years but not others.
some of them have oldsmobile 88 brougham /caprice classic look alike interiors which is disapointing
I wanted to like this Bonneville, but the too high rear wheel opening with the too high rub strip ruined the proportions for me. Just getting the rub strip down to where it would hit the center of the tail / side marker might have made all the difference.
The front clip was one of the best features of the ’81 Bonnie. I was always a bit surprised they brought back the body and left the Caprice clip on the Parisienne.
Power locks without power windows was more common than you might think. It was a cheaper option, and with an air conditioned car, how important are power windows? My dad’s company always ordered its high trim Old’s 88s with power locks and not windows. They felt that it was a hassle for guys in suit jackets to reach across the car and let guests in when going to lunch.
It looks like this car may have been engineered to have a crumple zone. The passenger compartment is in great shape. Didn’t realize the ’77 and up B might be that advanced.
Power locks on a 2 door car always seemed a little decadent to me. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using the ones on my Olds 98 2 door.
Some had skirts – like the blue one above. Mine had ’em. Left them on simply to hide the rust 🙂
The right-hand skirt fell off of mine one snowy day. I knew exactly where it happened, and must have spent an hour walking the 50-foot square space where I determined it had to have fallen. Never found it. Couldn’t find a replacement in the boneyards, either; it got sold with only the left one attached.
I would call the 83-86 Parisiennes as ‘tarted up Chevys’, compared to real Bonnevilles.
Because the Parisienne was Pontiac of Canada’s top of the line car. There was no Bonneville or Catalina offered in Canada at the time.(I think the Bonneville did come back to Canada with the 1987’s) The Parisienne was based upon the Caprice/Impala and with the exception of the grill/rear and other small bits resembled the Caprice. The reason that they never changed things to make it resemble the departed Bonne, was cost cutting on GM’s side. All they had to do was put a few emission things on the car and ship it like that. The Canadian and US markets were not that much different at the time and with the exception of the name changing and some minor restyles to the cars so something in Canada could be shipped in with minor work to safety/emission features.
I had a fire-engine red ’77 Catalina with the 301 V8. I bought her well used with over 200K on it, but in good-nick in ’91 and drove her another 60k miles before selling her after joining the Army. It was a huge car at the time. Once I spent a week with some #7 paste wax and Nu-Finish, I had the paint and chrome back to glow; that huge Pontiac arrowhead on the front was the envy of the block I lived on. Regal blue mouse-fur interior with nary a cigarette burn came clean after giving it a good steaming. I had a bit of issue getting that #8 spark plug (or whatever the # of plug that GM loved to hide under the A/C compressor); had to have a breaker bar, two elbow flexes and lots o’ WD40 and pulled an original AC Delco plug from its hole. It had burned itself down past to where it looked like an old candle stub. Popped a fresh one in, attached the new wires and prayed. Fired right up and burbled smoothly; no idea how long it had been running on 7 cylinders.
Took her everywhere. Piled my girlfriend and 6 people in it, with beach chairs, hibachi, food, lots of beer and luggage and drove out to the NC coast. It had a suspension system that still worked (once I flushed the system) that raised the rear end for ‘adverse conditions and towing’ that I used to drive that beast right out onto the sand, parking her proudly next to the 4Runners, S10 Blazers, and Jeeps. It was an exceedingly good car. Uber comfortable, easy to work on, amazing on the highway.
Sorry, I’ve never been a fan of the B body, just haven’t had experience with them. What’s surprising to me though, is how many late model (or at least late model to me) GM cars there are surrounding this Bonneville in the wrecking yard. That Cavalier can’t be more than 13 years old. Does rust kill these things that soon, or are they not worth fixing? Or am I so old that anything looks new?
Most if not every self service yard is divided into sections. The “imports” from the Big 3. There is usually a seperate GM,Ford and Chrysler section so it would be natural to assume that all GM cars were junk if all you saw was a few pics of some B-Bodies sitting in the GM section.
OK here’s one of my thoughts about the cars in junkyards. They say the average car on the road is 13-14 YO. So most of the cars you see in the “self service” yards are around 13-15 YO. The full service yards will stock the under 10 years of age stuff because that is what they specialize in. If you see a lot of cars in the 25 year range(double the average age) than those even out the average. You have to look at how many of each model was sold when new. Those are the cars that you see the most of when visiting a yard. Don’t make a difference if it’s a Civic or J-Car. Both were cockroaches on the road, as in cheap transportation. You can gauge how reliable a car was when you start seeing them in the yards when they hit the 25 year mark. Once again it doesn’t make a difference on the make or model. We here are the true one percenters. Everybody else is just a pedestrian and couldn’t give a crap about a car in the junkyard or how it got there.
What I was trying to say is that I’m surprised to see those cars already awaiting the crusher. They look so young to me, and it’s no stretch to remember when they were in the showroom or in the rental lots. In my statement above I meant no criticism of GM, the cars pictured are not Vegas or X bodies. Any car these days, GM included – or 13 years ago – should be capable of many, many years of service. To me at least, these cars seem to have been scrapped early.
I often wonder about views like these when I see cars that are little older than mine in a junkyard. I have come to the conclusion that roadworthy ordinary cars (future Curbside Classics) are simply those that have been carefully maintained by original owners. Sometimes, a carefully maintained car can pass to a subsequent owner with a respect for the relic that he or she has acquired. Often, however, cars that have hit that last rung of the depreciation ladder are often purchased by the most impecunious of those among us. Give a “fresh” thirteen year old car to someone that may need to spend money on rent, food, or clothing before that oil change or timing belt change and, there you have it. Four hundred bucks in the pocket at the scrapyard seems better than a $1000 or more in repair bills.
The average car, sure – but what’s to say that Cavalier didn’t do 20,000 miles per year for its whole life. Or it could have been hit on a panel not in the shot and totalled, the value of a 13year old almost anything is so low that repair is usually not feasible from an insurance company viewpoint.
I cannot disagree with you. I was simply trying to find a reason for seeing so many seemingly serviceable cars sitting, waiting to be either parted out or crushed and returned to us as our next tent peg. Also, driving a very well kept almost 13 year old car, I cannot help but be saddened by whatever led to the owners of some of these cars to simply give up.
Some people are very hard on cars, you should see what some late model cars in the junkyard look like, brakes completely worn through the entire rotor, sludged engines from neglected oil changes, stolen and recovered cars, impound cars, they are all there. An airbag deployment in cheap 15 year old car is sometimes enough to total the whole thing.
During my brief car sales career, I showed a husband and wife an ’07 Freestyle. It looked decent and was loaded, but when I started it up for them, it sounded like someone dropped a spoon in the garbage disposal. “Well, let’s look at something else” was my response to them. This was in 2011. How someone could so royally screw up a four year old car was beyond me!
Some people just don’t care about cars and trash them. As CCers, we care. But a lot of folks don’t.
The ’81 in the J/Y has the same exact interior as my ’81 Safari. I’ve got the wire wheel covers, too.
“Digging for gold under the back seat bottom? Somebody at this yard has developed a habit of yanking backseats for no apparent reason, then flopping them back into place.”
Only the old farts dig for pennies there. Actually that is standard junkyard procedure to pull the rear seat out to look for contraband. That is the first place the tow truck drivers, who are the first peeps to touch the car after they are bought at auction, look at. After that it is the yard personal who pull the seat as part of the prep before it goes into the back. I know quite a few drivers who have found guns, drugs and of course money hiding under there. I usally find the good stuff hiding under the front seat. Never been lucky enough to find a gun but I have a really nice collection of knives and ammo and crack pipes. Enough to equip a third world country. I will admit that I have looked in the back seat many of times. My favorite things to snag from there are the kids toys. I must have at least 100 HotWheels and maybe 2 dozen of those little Lego people figures.
Probably my greatest boneyard score was the day I found and bought an 82 Grand National. One of the 33 turbocharged versions out of the 215 Buick built that year. It was a POS but I got it for scrap value($250) at the time. It was beyound restoration but I got it running and used it as a DD for a couple of years. I still remember the very cold January day when the T-Tops blew off because there was so much rust in the roof that there was nothing left for them to clamp on to.
I’ve seen some crazy things in cars in the junkyard, I’ve always noticed a large amount of bibles in cars, which is kinda funny. “Lord…please let this heap last”
There was a wrecked Reatta that was full of hypodermic needles, I don’t know how they allowed that in the yard, there was a big “BIOHAZARD” sticker on both the doors.
Self help tapes-haha
I have several window stickers that I have pulled out of glove boxes of cars that were in the junkyard, which I always save, the last remains of what was once a new shiny car.
I could do a whole post on strange things found in used cars, junkyard cars, etc – but I figured those sorts of stories have already been done to death.
Interesting further reading: http://www.firebirdtransamparts.com/archive/archive.htm
It’s a matter of personal preference of course, but I much prefer the ’77-’79 coupe roof line. I find it’s more unique and classic. GM absolutely flogged that Seville formal roof.
The ’77 to ’79 roof line added some semblance of sportiness.
ARGHH! NOOOOO! Yet another rare 1977-81 Pontiac lost to bad luck or poor driving. A shame. Especially since it looked to be really nice before it got crunched.
As many of you know, these Pontiac Bs are my favorites, all due to my first-ever car memory sitting in the back of Dad’s brown with beige top ’79 Bonneville sedan, as it was going through the car wash at the Shell station just down from our house. I loved that car and have strong memories of it, despite Dad getting a new company car (’81 or ’82 Volvo 242DL) when I was two or three.
My ode to the 1977-79 Bonnies (well, the first ode): https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/1978-pontiac-bonneville-brougham-no-pontiac-didnt-just-make-firebirds-in-the-70s/
Though I prefer the 1977-79 Bonnevilles, I think the 1980-81 Bonneville coupes were the best looking of all the “aero” B-bodies that came out in ’80.
Of course, they look much better in a dark color with the snowflakes, like this one seen on ebay a while back.
Snowflakes, Astroroof, and is that WHITE interior? Even if it’s “Oyster” interior that car is a Honey!
I know, I need to do a post on it! It was a beauty. It looks like the Oyster interior. Here’s an interior pic:
Wow! If you would have read the options list to me, I might have been appalled by the combination. But seeing it all together, is a whole different story. Much more tasteful that my mind’s eye would have figured.
I really like the looks of this car. Its design was beautiful. My uncle had one the maroon paint faded out in 2 years and the baby 265 v8 was a slug. It would not pull a hill with out constant downshifts. He hated it. Gm repainted it for him. I think my cousin eventually got it and put a 350 in it and it was much better after that.
I got a 81 bonneviile built in canada according to vin .it has a 307 in it,I thought canada didnt make original bonnies