Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Automotif CV...

Seen in the Arby's parking lot in Speedway on the way to the range today: A 1969 Pontiac Catalina ragtop.
That's not a 2-golf-bag trunk, that's a 3-Hoffa trunk.
In the late Sixties, the Catalina was the cheaper of Pontiac's full-size rides, below the deluxe Bonneville. The base motor was a 2-bbl 400, but the options list included several more potent offerings, including a 390-horse 428 H.O. mill. Of course, this motor had to propel a car that stretched a whisker over ten feet between the axles* and which cast a shadow a full ten inches longer than a Hummer H2's.

*In other words, this car's wheelbase is half a foot longer than a Smart ForTwo's overall length.