My dad always owned large Pontiacs...
65 Catalina Sedan Cream
67 Catalina Beige
69 Executive Gold
71 Bonneville Aztec Gold
77 Mojave Beige Tan
I bought the 77 from him for a steal and guess I have been hooked on Pontiac'* and in specfic Bonnevilles ever since.
I had my 77 until 90 when I traded it on my 90 GP...
So how did I end up the lucky owner of a hott 2005 SLE?
-The Full Story
My son Chris has been nagging on me for a Bonneville since 2002 just a small 7th grader. I have wanted a Bonneville since I got my GP in 90. I looked long and hard a ruby red 91 SSE at the dealer in Nov 90 when I got my GP. But the Bonneville was way to much and in the first place I was gonna get a Grand Am! So the GP seemed like a real upgrade including the power. So when the new 2000 Bonneville was reviled in C&D'* March of 99 issue my son ran to me too show it. As a small thrid graded he knew what papa wanted.
After all in 99 I drolled over a black on tan SSEi at the local autoshow. He then nagged and begged me to get an 02 and then agian in 03 SLE... Never found one I liked slightly used... And anyways we had just gotten the Caddy so that solved the third car problem for the time being... Anyways the GXP came out my son ordered tons of info on it, posters, Pontiac Performance and brochures. I love the look of it, but I didn't have the means to get one nor pay for the gas. Afterall at that time I had a 92 Deville. Anyways my son tried to convince me in early 05 to get a new Ivory white SLE, even tho I like the motor and loved the body style couldn't stomach the new price. He found the SLE we bought in May waited 3 weeks to tell us... Price dropped $800.00 in the mean time. He then printed it off, the night before vacation. Showed my wife she liked it and the chance to trade the Caddy. So that night I thought about and drove down to humor my son for a test drive. I ended up dealing and dealing with the salesman who likes the game. My wife in order to get the price down says this costs more than are Impala and has less room. Well it helped bring the trade in up. So anyways we were there from 6:30-10:00 figuring out a deal. Before I knew it I had purchased a Bonneville SLE with 3800 miles on it. And yes when I test drove it my son was really happy... He said "Pa don't you like all the power and the 3.05:1 axle?" I then nailed the gas and said yes... He knew I was hooked and that was the car for me. So no short story really a nagging son, a love for Bonnevilles and Pontiacs all my life, last chance to get one, striking good looks, good performance, wonderful color, the fact my father owned them and I owned one before... Hey they always say you always end up coming home, I sure did in my Bonneville that felt like home.
I love my car... Now if I could'a sold my wife on the GXP fuel econo and my son could have found one with only heated seats, I might have gotten that. But bad gas milage what was I was trying to get away from... Uhhh still aside of my Impala it does suck lol or maybe that is because my foot is heavier in that car???
Do I feel like an Indy driver now?
Yes sometimes and too often!