Named after the Salt Flats in Utah — home of hundreds of land speed records — it was taken as granted that the Bonneville would have plenty of power. It did, but, the 1958 model also had a host of luxury features to go with the gorgeous space-age styling which made it an instant classic.

Offered as a coupe and convertible, the two-door ‘58 chrome-laden Bonny looked a million dollars when finished in a two-tone paint scheme. Inside, it had power everything, and looked like one of those Fifties diners what with the bench seats in the front and back.

A massive 370 cubic inch V8 sat under the bay of Pontiac’s first true muscle car. With a Carter four-barrel carburetor atop of the big block, it produced a very healthy 255bhp but when upgraded to the Tri-Power setup (which consisted of three Carter two-barrel carbs) it made 310bhp. More than enough to tear the rear tyres to shreds. It was mated to a four-speed automatic (three-speed manual were very rare) and it also had a few new high-tech options such as fuel injection and air suspension.

Today, a mint condition example can cost as much as Dh450,000.


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