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A few years back, I picked up a derelict, 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible off of Ebay. When I was in high school, one of my Teachers had an old 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham 4-door Hardtop, which even though it was a beater, was a cool car. I had built a couple of '64 Pontiacs in the past, and had seen a Bonneville Brougham 4-door hardtop conversion at the NNL East a few years back, so I thought I would try my hand at one.
I had a copy of the 1964 Pontiac brochure in my possession, and in the front cover was a picture of the brougham, and in the Bonneville section was a silver 4-Door Hardtop, the car I duplicated here, as I did not want to duplicate the other builder's model, and the silver car kind of caught my eye.
It took a lot more work to get it right than I anticipated, but it looks pretty accurate. I still have not installed the door handles and the engine/transmission( I have them and will eventually install them).
I may do a line of '63-'64 4-door hardtops in the future. I see Space Cowboy is going to do a '64 Impala 4-door Hardtop, and I plan to do one too, but a full conversion from an Impala SS to an Impala is pretty ambitious, as I will have to scratchbuild the interior, and the Impala specific body side mouldings. One of my neighbors had a dark green one, and another friend had one that was dark red, with a silver top, and black interior. Mine will probably be be either saddle, or black. I have a '64 Impala SS hardtop started. The details and color combo will be a surprise.
Now that's one classy Poncho!It's especially nice to see someone not only restore a vintage derelictkit but to make it into something you just can't get anywhere else.I've got a few old Pontiac kits around here. No four door hardtops though!Nice work!!
introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude
AMT ' 61 Bonneville ragtop, Revell 57 Ford Custom drag car, Lindberg ' 66 Chevelle SS
OR . . . . . . . . none of the above, ummmm . . . just yet
Way to go Ron...I know I enjoyed taking the newer 62 Catalina and making a 4dhtp out of it. I have no idea why I like making models of cars that, when I was younger, wouldn't even catch a ride in because they weren't cool!
Very well done !
Only thing, in a beautiful model, is the rear opening line of the back door. You might check that with the profile pics in the brochure.
Keep up the great work!
'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix
Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford
It's slightly custom, yet traditional! Love the shaved door handles! Nice car! -kevin
As to the rear door line, I worked from photos that I took of an actual car. The brochure car is a Van & Fitz drawing, which is ever so slightly exaggerated, to accentuate the cars lines.
The door handles are coming later.
Another one easy to make, and hey Mike do the '62 that's another natural! Space is doing the 64 Impala for now so lets see the 62 Poncho! And yes this 64 is sure a fine build! Especially in silver gray!
Whats with the red squares and no pictures ?