AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty Lightweight

Car: Pontiac Catalina Super Duty: 421/405 HP Super Duty Lightweight

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Pontiac's 1963 Catalina 421 SD was the car to beat both in Stock and Super Stock drag racing. Pontiac improved upon it's winning race formula by offering a lightweight version of the Catalina featuring aluminum body pieces for increased weight savings.

What made it famous: A 405 horsepower, 421 V8 with forged rods and crank, solid lifters, and NASCAR heads,  dual Carter 4-barrel carbs sitting atop an aluminum intake manifold for starters, add a 4-speed manual transmission, 4.30 gears in a "Saf-T-Track" rear, and factory installed aluminum fenders, hood and bumpers, along with other lightened under hood goodies and a Lexan windshield and rear window.

Why I would want one: It's a sharp looking car with everything you needed to be a serious threat at the drag strip. Plus, these Super Duty Lightweights are extremely collectible and considered one of the greatest Pontiac creations of all time.

Fun fact: Because Pontiac utilized every possible option to make the big Catalina SD so lightweight, they were given the nickname of "Swiss Cheese."


( 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty Lightweight photo from mecum.com )