Car: Pontiac Catalina Super Duty
What makes it special: A total of 178 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty Cars were produced in the 1962 model year. It was made with factory aluminum pieces, like the inner and outer fender panels, hood bumpers and brackets.
What made it famous: The most identified item with the Pontiac Super Duty label was its incredibly powerful 421 cu in V8. The first Super Duty 421 V8's debuted late in 1961 as race-only engines. Hand-built in a special factory tool room, they became an expensive, limited-run option in 1962. The 1962 Super Duty 421 was officially rated at 405 bhp, but real output was closer to 460. Though street-legal, these were race-ready engines, with four-bolt mains, forged rods and crank, solid lifters, and NASCAR heads. Street/strip Super Duty 421's had twin Carter 500-cfm 4-barrel carbs and an aluminum intake manifold. Free-flow cast-iron headers were fitted with easily removable exhaust dumps. Only 3 and 4-speed manual transmissions were offered because the Pontiac automatic transmissions weren't strong enough.
Why I would want one: The Pontiac Catalina Super Duty for 1962 was the first time you could get the 421 V8 from the factory. Prior to that, you got the 421 V8, but had to install dealer sold high performance bolt-on goods to make it yourself.
Fun fact: Approximately 22 hard tops were built as “Assembly line platform race vehicles.”
( 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty photo from hemmings.com )