1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 596

Fireball and buddy Greg Gill snag a 1960 Pontiac Bonnevile for a photoshoot, then Fireball and Kathie do an unboxing from Add-A-Rest!

About the BONNEVILLE from Wiki… The Pontiac Bonneville was a full-sized automobile (mid-size car from 1982 to 1986) which was built by Pontiac from 1957 to 2005. It was introduced as a limited production performance convertible during the 1957 model year.

The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981), and its platform partner, the Grand Ville, are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built; in station wagon body styles they reached just over 19 feet (5.8 m) long, and were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time (2.5 short tons, 5,000 lb or 2,300 kg).

In its third year, the 1959 Bonneville became a full top-line series with the addition of the four-door hardtop sedan and Safari station wagon body styles. The Bonneville played an important part that year in the introduction of two of Pontiac’s greatest marketing inspirations — the split grille and the Wide Track slogan.

The latter was not just ad copy, either, as Pontiac pushed its wheels further out toward the fenders than anyone else and created what were considered to be the best-cornering full-size cars in the industry.

Both the grille design and the Wide Track phrase remained part of Pontiac’s image up to its termination. A “Safe-T-Track” differential, used to minimize wheel spin, was an option beginning in 1959.

What’s it like to drive a 1955 CHEVY BEL AIR?

You wouldn’t know it, but Dave Mercer is famous. If you’ve been lucky enough to drive the canyons in Malibu in a cool car, you’ve probably seen his house — the one with the fake gas station out front. 

But what you may not know is that inside that station is a massive collection of cool. Visiting Mercer was a chore. Why? Well, because I didn’t listen to his directions properly and took the long way around to see him. 

Luckily for me, I’m always driving something awesome. But when I arrived at Dave’s pad, I was treated to his gas station memorabilia collection that bordered on classic epic.

As an ex-real estate consultant, Mercer managed to keep his collection going. And along with all the cool doodads and knicknacks, Mercer also snagged a superfast Lister and a 350hp ‘55 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop. The ‘55 has a Muncie M-21 four-speed with gear vendors overdrive and Halibrand wheels on disc brakes. 

“I’ve owned the car for 29 years,” Mercer said. “It was restored for me 28 years ago with original paint code and correct interior. I have always owned ‘57 Chevys, but always wanted a ‘55.

Mercer said the best part of the car is its original colors and condition. 

“This is a cruiser and can run all day with little effort,” said Mercer, who has taken many trips up and down the coast over the years, which always reminds him that you must drive these cars regularly or they will protest. “The most fun I have is when older folks see the car. It brings back fond memories for them. But driving around Malibu is great with [Pacific Coast Highway] and beautiful mountain roads to take in through the windshield with a dashboard and hood in front that acts like a window to the past.” 

But Dave’s super-favorite road in the world is the Corniche in Monaco, he said.

The Lister Replica is by Lucra Cars. It has a full Carbon Kevlar composite Bodyshell, 4-inch tubular chassis with C-4 Corvette suspension. It has a 385 Fastburn Chevrolet V8 engine with 425 horsepower, Tremec five-speed manual transmission, fully independent Corvette rear suspension, Halibrand-style wheels by PS Engineering and a curb weight of only 1,900 pounds.

“I have owned this car for about seven years and drive it at least once a week,” Mercer said. “It looks similar to my favorite car — the Mercedes W196 Grand Prix Car — and this Lister replica is as close as I could ever get to the Mercedes unless I won the lotto big time. Then I would create a bespoke replica.”

The best part of this car? Its unbelievable acceleration at approximately 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. 

“Power to weight is everything, baby,” Mercer said. “The first time I drove on Malibu’s ‘snake,’ I caused crotch rockets to pull over and let me pass when they couldn’t lose me. Driving in Malibu is perfect for this car as it begs to be driven fast over so many mountain roads.”

Chances are, if you head to Wheels and Waves this Father’s Day, you’ll get a glimpse of Mercer’s rides. And if you pull the right strings — or you happen to be cute — then Dave might give you a spin. 

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Colossal is a 2016 science fiction comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Agam Darshi, and Tim Blake Nelson.

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released on April 7, 2017, by Neon.

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One last chance…. One more dream….

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