Taking just one look at the unique pronounced split grill of this 1962 Catalina hardtop and you immediately know you are looking at a Pontiac. It was a look that distinguished them from their competition and made them stand out a mile away. This was the year Pontiac would move to third place in sales and remain there for the rest of the sixties.
The Catalina was Pontiac’s base model, a full-size car with a 120 inch wheelbase – a growth of about an inch and a half from the previous year.
It’s a cool looking car that had a multi-plane rooftop that emulated the lines of a convertible – a feature unique to the Sport Coupes.
Under the hood we have a 389 cubic inch V8. This is paired with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and the combination would have cost the original owner a further $231.
Catalina sported a new, V-shaped grille for ’62 and new rear end styling with curved taillamps.
Standard Catalina features for 1962 include; electric wipers, dual visors, foot-operated parking brake, automatic interior lighting, dual armrests front and rear, cigarette lighter and ash trays, cushioned instrument panel, individually controlled air vents, full carpeting, crank operated ventipanes.
Inside, this Pontiac enjoys a beautiful tri-tone blue vinyl interior.
Pontiac built a total of 46,024 Catalina two-door sport hardtops for the 1962 model year at a base price of $2,860. The original owner would have also paid $122 for the Aluminum eight-lugs and $89 for an AM radio. Power steering and power brakes would have cost $108 and $43 respectively.
This 1962 Catalina is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)