Pontiac’s 1959 bold styling was the design of chief stylist Semon “Bunkie” Knudson. Knudson hired Pete Estes from Oldsmobile as chief engineer and John DeLorean from Packard to be his assistant assigning them the task of creating high performance versions of existing models.
1959 established Pontiac’s performance of undreamed glories in the 1960s. Pontiac’s crisp styling on a brand new A-body introduced the split grille theme that has remained Pontiac’s hallmark to this day. The modest twin fins on the rear fenders and minimal side trim was their styling theme. The wheel base remained unchanged but the wheels were spread further apart on a new Wide-Track design making Pontiac famous and the most notable car in America.
This beautifully restored Bonneville was a husband’s surprise birthday gift, the definition of a wonderful wife.