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Pontiac Catalina, Gold, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $12,995.
By 1973, the horsepower wars were over. With oil and insurance prices rising, and the switch from gross to net horsepower ratings, it seemed as if car guys would have nothing left to love. But Pontiac didn't give up quite so easily, and introduced a revised Catalina lineup in '73 that was not only stylish, but still packed 400 cubic inches and a ton of luxury in a mid-sized package. By the standards of the time, performance was robust, and the Catalina's style has aged well.
This particular Catalina coupe is one of the better preserved examples we've seen. Having just 51,234 original miles, it's a very clean car loaded with features like factory A/C, power steering, and power brakes. It appears that this car has had a single repaint over some pretty straight factory sheetmetal, and there are no signs of rust repairs, meaning this car has always been clean. The 70s were all about earth tones, and the Pontiac color palette included the bright gold featured on this car. With excellent proportions that recalled the performance Pontiacs of the past, this Catalina still carried the banner of full-sized luxury with a sporty edge. The split front grille continued to be a Pontiac trademark, and new chrome bumpers highlighted the 1973 facelift.
The white vinyl bench seat interior appears to be original, again indicative of the car's easy life and excellent care. The seating surfaces are clean and show very little wear, while the door panels and headliner are in great shape. Black carpets are an excellent contrast, and appear to be newer replacement pieces that use the correct nap and grain. Pontiac's wrap around dash was retained, but featured round gauges in square housings, backed by a wood-grain applique. A matching 3-spoke steering wheel mirrors the exterior with its combination of luxury and sport, and the A/C blows ice cold today.
Pontiac was still building big block horsepower in 1973, and this Catalina is equipped with the optional 400 cubic inch V8. While the numbers changed with the switch to net horsepower ratings, internally, it was still the same engine. As a result, it makes good power and impressive torque to move the big coupe in traditional Pontiac fashion. It also idles smoothly and purrs along on the highway without a lot of fussing and drives all the power accessories effortlessly. Still dressed in its original Pontiac Turquoise paint, it shows signs of regular maintenance and clean living. The transmission is a TH400 3-speed automatic, which shifts almost imperceptibly at part throttle, and nails the downshifts when you open the throttle aggressively. The suspension has that floating ride that made American luxury cars famous in the 1970s, and this car can be guided with little more than your fingertips. Pontiac Rally II wheels look great-as always-and wear relatively recent whitewall radials.
As a great starter collectible, this Catalina has a lot going for it: handsome good looks, a roomy interior, lots of options, and a big V8 under the hood. Nicely preserved with low mileage, this is still a car that gets second glances on the road and more than a few Pontiac fans will have fond memories of similar vehicles in their past. That's what collecting is all about, and when you're gliding down the highway with the A/C cranking, you won't be thinking about gas prices or horsepower, you'll just be grinning because the car is so much fun to drive. Call today!
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