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Pick of the Day: 1964 Pontiac Catalina convertible


‘Rose’ is a restored beauty with an upscale interior

Meet “Rose.” She’s available from a private owner in Rockledge, Florida, for $47,000 — or she’s available in a trade involving a Peterbilt extended-hood model 359 or 379 motor home, according to the seller’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

Rose is a 1964 Pontiac Catalina convertible, which has undergone a restoration that includes the interior from a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix interior has been updated

“This interior is from my grandfather’s ’64 GP that he bought new,” the seller notes. “The car was totaled. I removed the entire dash and complete interior and stored it all inside my house for 15 years (just ask my wife) while waiting for the time and the car for transplant.”

That car turned out to be this ’64 Pontiac Catalina convertible, which the seller adds is a car that has history in California, Arizona and Florida — all warm-weather locations. The seller stripped the rust-free car to bare metal as part of the restoration process. It was PPG epoxy primed and wears dazzling and clearcoated DuPont G2 Red Fire paint.

Power comes from a Tri-Power big-block 389cid V8, linked to a 375 10 Roto Hydramatic transmission with a 2.69 highway rear gear.

Top up

The car rides on factory Kelsey Hayes 8-lug wheels with rebuilt suspension, power steering and brakes, new tires, new exhaust, etc. The power convertible top has new weather seals, as do the doors, windows and truck, the seller adds. Speaking of the top, it has a glass backlight, which the seller notes was not available when the car was new.

While the Grand Prix interior was installed, it also was upgraded with Auto Meter gauges.

“I have road proven and enjoyed this car for 17 years,” the seller adds.

Top down

“Smooth effortless highway cruising in full-size American muscle. She’s the best of everything. Luxury, Show, and Go, with a convertible top.”

The seller includes an extensive photo gallery of the car, which has less than 125,000 miles (and an interior that has traveled less than 75,000 miles).

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tri-Power V8

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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