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1965 Pontiac Catalina - Utah Showroom
1965 Pontiac Catalina Convertible
The 1965 full-sized Pontiacs were completely restyled with more flowing sheetmetal featuring "Coke-bottle" profiles and fastback rooflines on two-door hardtops. Wheelbases increased to 121 inches on all models.
A new three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission replaced the previous Roto Hydramatic unit on full-sized Pontiacs for 1965. The "Turbo" is a three-speed torque converter unit similar in basic design to Chrysler's Torqueflite and Ford's Cruise-O-Matic transmissions - a move that made torque converter automatics the universal design for shiftless transmissions, and relegated the original fluid-coupling Hydramatic to history. Though the "Turbo" transmission continued to use the Hydramatic name, it shared none of its design with the older transmission. The Turbo Hydramatic also adopted the standardized "P-R-N-D-S-L" shift pattern which replaced the "P-N-D-S-L-R" pattern long familiar to owners of Hydramatic-equipped Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs.
The 389 cubic-inch V8s received a number of revisions including thinner wall block castings.
This Catalina convertible is presented nicely in Burgandy Metallic with new white convertible top and glass rear window. The interior features very nice original-type black upholstery, carpet and wood grain dash inserts. It is powered by the 389 cu in V-8 and Turbo Hydramatic 3 speed automatic transmission. Other features are power steering and brakes, bench seating, 15" ARE Torque Thrust II wheels and very nice underhood detailing