Normally we'd shy away from any car that had both an air ride suspension, and a seller who talked about "patina" but we can't help but like this 1962 Pontiac Bonneville Safari. We're more into the air conditioning than the air bags, but either way this dry survivor could be a great cruiser.
With the exception of the air conditioning, this looks to be a lightly-optioned Safari. We don't see any 8 lug wheels, or the tri-power setup on the "little" 389 motor. Even so, the Bonneville would have been the top of the line car in Pontiac's 1962 stable, and the Safari would have been a prized vehicle when wagons were suburban status symbols, not punch-lines about soccer moms. The luxuries of the Bonneville would have made a statement in the neighborhood as you looked down on your neighbors having to make due in lowly Catalinas.
This particular Bonneville has over the past 50 years made the slide from executive luxury to rat rod runner. We like that this wagon is claimed to come from dry New Mexico, but it makes us wonder about the primer on the lower rocker panels. Air ride suspensions aren't our cup of tea, so we can't speak to the quality of "Slam Specialties" airbags, or the setup as a whole. We'd probably give them a try as is and see if it's worth it or necessary to return to leaf springs.
A working AC and a list of recent tune up items is encouraging. A tired interior needs some freshening and tires should be replaced as well. While we generally hate the idea of "patina" being a selling point, we'd probably handle the primer on this one and leave the rest alone.
We’d roast what’s left of the tires with some shakedown burnouts (for testing purposes of course), get some new rubber on this wagon and just drive.
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