An El Camino, Pontiac style – the 1959 “El Catalina” prototype – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

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Read Kurt Ernst’s article about the Pontiac El Catalina prototype going across the block at Mecum in January 2019  here


  • El Catalina prototype produced by Pontiac for testing, show and consideration for a new El Camino style model for 1960 Pontiac regular production
  • POCI National 1st Jr. Gold at Bowling Green, Kentucky July 2007 with a score of 400/400
  • Concours Award at POCI Nationals July 2011 with a score of 400/400
  • AACA National 1st Junior at Santa Rosa, California August 2011
  • AACA National Senior at Oakbrook, Illinois September 2011
  • AACA Grand National 1st at Moline, Illinois June 2013
  • AACA Grand National Senior at Lebanon, Tennessee June 2014
  • Concours of the Americas Otto Rosenbusch Memorial Award-Spirit of the Automobilist July 2014
  • 389/300 HP V-8 engine
  • 4-speed Super Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
  • Power steering, brakes and seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Sportable AM radio
  • Tissue dispenser


The car was restored in 2011 and has a really interesting history, the Mecum listing is here


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