1977-81 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe

I really don’t understand what business GM’s “excitement” division had building large, luxurious, slow cars like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the body style, and I’d love to have one, I’m just having trouble trying to come to terms with the reason for this car existing in the first place. It would have made a little more sense back in the 60’s when it was actually possible for a big car to have enough power to actually be exciting, but by the late 70’s, all the car makers were pumping out turd after (sometimes nice looking) turd and I don’t really see anything too exciting about that.

It seems to me that if Pontiac was able to suffer through the late 70’s/early 80’s and push through into the 90’s to do all the cool stuff they ended up doing, that they should have been able to survive anything. It’s hard to believe that the late 2000’s could have been a tougher time than the 70’s for Pontiac, or excitement in general.

This generation of Bonneville marks the last time that a V8 powered Pontiac was powered by a Pontiac V8. It’s kind of sad to think about that. What’s even more sad is that towards the end of this body style, Pontiac’s 135hp 301 was actually the biggest gas V8 you could get in this car. The Oldsmobile diesel 350 was technically an option. But not a viable one.

Although it was downsized from the generation before, the car is still large enough to be considered a full-sized car by pretty much anyone’s standards, and I think it’s just about the perfect size for a car of its shape. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll buy a Bonneville coupe like this one and drop a proper Pontiac motor in one because I really do love that body. It deserves to actually be exciting instead of just looking it.

If you are the owner of this car, let me know, I would love to know more about it. You can send me an email at mike@generationhighoutput.com, or leave a comment below.

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About Mike Ross

I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I'm working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80's and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4x4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I've already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it. Okay, my head hurts, never mind.