I have always, and will always, have a soft spot for the B-body 1977-79 Pontiac Bonneville. Why? Simple. It was my first car memory.
I came home from the hospital in my mom’s dark blue 1977 Volvo 245DL wagon, but for some reason I was always drawn to my dad’s company car, a 1979 Bonneville sedan. And yes, of course I loved the 356! But before it was restored, Dad didn’t mind my crawling around in it and sitting in it while he was puttering around in the garage. So it was more easily accessible, ha ha!
Painted metallic brown with a beige top, beige interior and chrome wheel covers, it spelled solid, middle-class Midwestern prosperity. Perhaps because Dad mostly drove it to work, I seldom rode in it. We usually took the Volvo on excursions, at least as far as my then 2-3 year old memory serves.
But one memorable time, he took me with him on a couple of errands, and when we were on the way home, he stopped at the Shell station and took it through the car wash. Sitting on a kid seat in the middle of the back seat and watching all these bright red and yellow scrubbers go over the car in the wash was my first car memory. I guess it made an impression!
That Bonneville was his primary company car, but on occasion he drove a different one, as the insurance company had 3-4 of them, all bought from Horst-Zimmerman Pontiac Cadillac, which was conveniently right across the street from the office.
I recall at least one excursion in the summertime, when Dad ran to pick up a pizza, and I wanted to go with. That day he had a silver ’79 Catalina with red interior. There was a third car he had sometimes, a blue one. But I don’t remember that car, and don’t know if it was a Bonneville or Catalina. But anyway, I always liked the big Pontiacs, and in particular, the Bonnevilles, because I would flash back to my early childhood whenever I saw one.
But on to the subject of today’s article. While Dad’s car was a standard Bonneville sedan, I like the Bonneville Broughams even better. Because they’re Broughamier, naturally.
With those super-cossetting overstuffed seats and dual pinstripes on each side, one skimming along the tops of the fenders, the others rolling over the front wheel well and across the rear fender skirt, on its way to the back of the car. And of course, the extra sound insulation, greater availability of options, and the fine feeling of owning the top of the line Pontiac!
And I have always loved these cars in deep, rich metallic colors, like burgundy, navy blue and emerald green. I originally saw this car on one of the 1970s Brougham groups on Facebook. I liked it so much I posted the link and photos myself, only to discover that a friend of a friend of mine in Boston knew the guy selling this car. Small world when you’re more into GM land yacht sedans than VWs or ’69 Camaros, huh?
Per the description: “One owner from new and only 76,000 miles! Original New Jersey title from 79. Loaded with options including power windows, seat, and locks. Factory air conditioning. Has the 301 V8, so its not a gas hog. Super clean car in and out. Solid as a rock. Runs and drives 100%. Beautiful interior, nice, shiny paint. A must see car.”
So, if any of you fine folks are intrigued by this most excellent Bonneville, it is currently on Boston craigslist; check it out here. If this car was close to me, I could have had a real problem! At any rate, I surely hope whoever buys it will appreciate its fine original condition. And keep it that way!