Monterey | Lot 102
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sports Coupe
The Paul Andrews Estate Collection
$84,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
12 August 2021
- One of 5,316 W51 Catalina 2+2s with the four-speed synchromesh transmission
- Restored in Sweden; accompanied by build sheet and build information
- Powered by a 421-cu. in. V-8 engine; originally four-barrel, now tri-power
- Four-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter
- Factory air conditioning converted to R12
Pontiac introduced the Catalina in 1950. Initially just a trim level for the Chieftain and later for the Star Chief, in 1959 the Catalina became its very own full-size model in the Pontiac lineup. By 1965, the car was entering the first year of third-generation production. Like the other 1965 Pontiac models, the Catalina line saw styling changes with larger bodies, vertically stacked headlights, and a redesigned grille. The Catalina was offered in seven different body styles: from coupe to convertible, sedan to station wagon, there was a Catalina for everyone. Style numbers 25237 and 25267 could be further equipped with the 2+2 package, gaining “421” fender badging, simulated louvers behind the front wheels, and “2+2” badging on the rear deck lid and rear fenders, all for $419 and $397, respectively.
This 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sports Coupe left the Linden, New Jersey factory finished in Bluemist Slate over a blue interior equipped with A50 bucket seats, D55 console, M20 four-speed synchromesh transmission, and the W51 Catalina Sport Option. It is one of 11,521 cars with W51 Catalina 2+2 option for 1965, and one of only 5,316 equipped with the four-speed synchromesh transmission. It is believed to have been sold new through a Pontiac dealership in Clifton, New Jersey.
The Catalina eventually found its way to Sweden where it was restored to its current presentation. While this Catalina’s 421-cubic-inch V-8 originally left the factory with a four-barrel carburetor setup, during the restoration it was converted to a tri-power configuration. The interior features bucket seats, console, and pushbutton radio with rear speaker. The factory air conditioning system has benefitted from a conversion to modern R12 refrigerant, and is said to keep occupants cool, even on the hottest Texas summer days. Driver amenities include power windows, power steering, and power brakes. The car rides on 8-lug factory wheels wrapped in thin whitewall tires. The Catalina is accompanied by its build sheet and build information.