Car: Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
What makes it special: The Bonneville name first appeared in 1954 on a pair of bubble-topped GM concept cars called the Bonneville Special, entering the production lineup as a high-performance, fuel-injected luxury convertible in the Star Chief line for the 1957 model year and loaded with every option as standard equipment with the exception of optional air conditioning or continental kit. For 1958, it became a separate model as a two-door hardtop or convertible.
What made it famous: In it's first year, it paced the 1958 Indianapolis 500, but as a now separate model it was given a lower price tag of around $3,000 thanks to the demotion of most of the luxury items found on the 1957 Star Chief from standard equipment to the option list. A 300 hp, 370 V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust were now standard, as opposed to the fuel-injection available standard on the Star Chief. A Tri-Power option with three 2-barrel carburetors and more power was an available option.
Why I would want one: When we think of GM cars of the fifties, we tend to gravitate towards the tri-five Chevrolets and famed Oldsmobiles. The Pontiac Bonneville tends to not get the credit that is due. It's a very good looking, well performing model Pontiac.
Fun fact: On February 8th, 2005 General Motors announced that the Bonneville would be dropped from Pontiac's lineup for 2006. The last Bonneville left the assembly line on May 27, 2005.
( 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible photo from wallpaperup.com )