The Golden Era of American Automobiles Returns at Russo and Steele Monterey 2011! This car is just one of the fifteen very special and very rare late-fifties DeSoto, Chrysler and Dodge convertibles that will be crossing the block Thursday night, August 18th, 2011 at Russo and Steele’s 11th annual Monterey auction event. Many selling without reserve!Vehicle to be offered WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 18 - 20th, at Russo and Steele''s 11th Annual "Sports & Muscle at The Marriott" in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information.In a year of many flamboyant designs, one of 1959''s biggest hits was the dramatically restyled Pontiac. The iconic Pontiac split grille design, ''Wide-Track stance and legendary 389 V-8 were all introduced in 1959. Motor Trend Magazine awarded this trendsetting Pontiac its ‘Car of the Year'' trophy.The 1959 Pontiac line include three series: the value-priced Catalina, the mid-level Star Chief, and the top-drawer Bonneville. This example is the fabulous Bonneville Convertible, resplendent in its Sunset Glow exterior and tri-tone leather interior. Options include front bucket seats, power steering, power brakes, ''Wonder bar'' signal-seeking radio and four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. Of the 382,940 Pontiacs built for 1959, exactly 11,426 were Bonneville drop-tops.To celebrate General Motors'' 50th Anniversary ''Golden Jubilee'', all stops were pulled out by the designers on the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sport Coupe, undoubtedly one of the flashiest of all 1950''s vehicles. A one year only body was featured as a final statement by longtime GM styling Chief Harley Earl before his retirement. The entire 1958 lineup literally sparkled chrome. Unique two-tone exterior color combo''s and delxue interiors were showcased on interiors on all 58 models from Chevrolet''s, Pontiacs, Buick, Oldsmobile’s and Cadillac’s. Their motto for this year was ‘The Boldest Advance in Fifty Years!''Semon E. ''Bunkie'' Knudsen became Pontiac''s new general manager in the summer of 1956 and soon after he hired Pete Estes and John DeLorean. Huge changes were in the works for Pontiac. First introduced as mainly a dealer promotion vehicle, that attempted to highlight Pontiac''s new high performance image, the original Bonneville was a largely flashy convertible with a highly powered V8 engine generating 310 horsepower. Originally introduced as a limited production performance convertible in the Pontiac Star Chief model range during the 1957 model year, the Bonneville eventually became its own series in 1958. Historically based on the Cadillac DeVille, the Bonneville was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 until 2005. Pontiac has been best known for its performance vehicles, especially since the introduction of the Bonneville I 1957. Perhaps a little flashier and faster than a Chevrolet, it is still cheaper than an equivalent Oldsmobile or Buick. That has remained Pontiac''s mission.First appearing in 1954 on a pair of bubble-topped GM Motorama concept vehicles called the Bonneville Special, the Bonneville name first entered the lineup as the Star Chief Custom Bonneville, which was a high-performance, fuel-injected luxury convertible late during the 57 model year. The very first Bonneville was a spectacular, chrome-laden convertible with a continental-style spare wheel mounting, fuel-injected engineDuring its third year, the ‘59 Bonneville gained a 4-door body-style along with a nearly complete line in itself. The Pontiac Wide-Track was born in 1959, when all Pontiac makes and models received new chassis with ‘wide-track'' stance. During this year, the introduction of two of Pontiac''s greatest marketing inspirations were showcased, the split grille, and the Wide Track slogan, both are still part of Pontiac''s image to this day.