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Interesting Motor Trend perspective on the 1965 Pontiac Model lineup.


Interesting read. Pontiac won MT's car of the year in 65.

USA perspective, but the styling lead up is still neat to read.

 

http://www.pontiacserver.com/mt65.html



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I have to quickly jump in and say that 65 was the pinnacle of styling both exterior and interior( thought I'd better do that before someone else tries to say that they then improved it even more in 66 )

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I have to quickly jump in and say that 65 was the pinnacle of styling both exterior and interior( thought I'd better do that before someone else tries to say that they then improved it even more in 66 )





Now who would say something like that.....

But you are so close to correct, they had it almost perfect in 65 and just had to do some finishing touches to hit the home run the following year.

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Why did I know this was coming? Or did I invite it?

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Actually you invited it! I hadn't even thought of saying that, so I'm glad you stirred it up!

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Pontiac hit many home runs, but not all in the same year in my opinion. GTO? '67 for me. Parisienne? '65 hands down (sorry Carl) Beaumont? '66/'67 tied. Acadian? '69.

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norontcan wrote:

Why did I know this was coming? Or did I invite it?


 Ted, just tell Carl that it was the 65 that won the award not the 66. That will show him.



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norontcan wrote:

Why did I know this was coming? Or did I invite it?


 Ted, just tell Carl that it was the 65 that won the award not the 66. That will show him.





So was the 1971 Vega!

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I knew this post would strike a chord!



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I think it hit a sour note!

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I read the complete article and it was a very good read especially the history of the rebirth of Pontiac. From 1957 into the sixties it was save Pontiac or die Pontiac. The team that saved Pontiac under Bunkie Knudson, Pete Estes, John Deloren and others did such an amazing job as of 1957. That Pontiac became number three in sales after Chevrolet and Ford. A major success story and for that reason it is so hard to believe that Pontiac is gone now. 



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norontcan wrote:

I have to quickly jump in and say that 65 was the pinnacle of styling both exterior and interior( thought I'd better do that before someone else tries to say that they then improved it even more in 66 )


agree, I'm from that era and it was pretty much a 2 year cycle for styling during the sixties...

off hand I can't think of any 2nd year face lifts that were an improvement but then styling is subjective and it's just my opinion

 

 



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Carl Stevenson wrote:
long stroke wrote:

 

norontcan wrote:

Why did I know this was coming? Or did I invite it?


 Ted, just tell Carl that it was the 65 that won the award not the 66. That will show him.



 



So was the 1971 Vega!


 Hey, hey, hey and what is wrong with a 71 Vega, ................. oh ya right now i remember. 



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They did have some questionable choices, like the Vega, Mustang II, Volare and Omni, but they had some good ones as well, like the '66 Toronado, the '67 Cougar, the '68 GTO, and the '69 Road Runner.  Problem is, once you got up into the 1970s, there were some real dogs for sale as the US auto industry was in turmoil and transition.

I once read a post from a guy on another messageboard who worked for Pontiac back in the day.  He said internally in GM, that Motor Trend was known as "Motor Friend"....

Regarding '65 vs '66 Pontiacs, I have to say that my preference is for the '65.  Overall, however I like the '67/'68 full size GMs better across the board.  The styling is just that much more fluid, especially the fastback models where the roofline gracefully transitions into the trunk.  It's all about personal preferences, though, and perhaps what we own or have owned... wink



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Regarding '65 vs '66 Pontiacs, I have to say that my preference is for the '65.   wink





It's ok for you to be "off" once in a while.....

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Carl Stevenson wrote:
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Regarding '65 vs '66 Pontiacs, I have to say that my preference is for the '65.   wink



 



It's ok for you to be "off" once in a while.....


 LOL... we all have our days now and then... biggrin



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