Pontiac Ventura
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Make: Pontiac
Model: Ventura
Pontiac Ventura

In 1961 and 1962, the Ventura was a stand-alone model, granted it was still based on the Catalina. The Ventura's length was 209.7 inches and its wheelbase was 119.0 inches and it weighed in at between 3680 and 4005 pounds depending on what options were selected and what engine the car had. The 6.4 L engines came standard, and the 6.9 L was offered only as special order option. The Ventura trim package was first launched though in 1960 on the Pontiac Catalina. The package included deluxe wheel covers, a sport steering wheel and unique tri-tone seats. After its brief attempt at being a model of its own, the Ventura returned to its trim package status on the Pontiac Catalina from 1963 through 1970. It was styled similar to that of the larger Pontiac Star Chief Executive. The Exec. was built on the longer-wheelbase chassis of the Pontiac Bonneville. Later, the Ventura was supplanted by the Catalina Brougham for the 1971 and 1972 model years. Pontiac could not live without it and the Ventura name was brought back in the middle of 1971. At this point it was applied to the Pontiac version of Chevrolet's compact Nova. More changes were still in store, and in 1971, Pontiac moved the name to their new X-body Nova clone, the Ventura II. Ventura II was offered from 1971 to 1977 although the II nomenclature was dropped after 1972, and instead, the Phoenix name replaced Ventura in 1978. Under the hood, the transmission offerings included a standard column shift three speed manual or three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic. The 1973 six-cylinder Ventura was the last Pontiac model to contain the two-speed automatic, which was a badge engineered Chevrolet Powerglide. This was eventually dropped completely from all GM cars and trucks after this model year in favor of the Turbo Hydra-Matic.

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