I watched con-man magician David Blaine do some stunt the other day involving a bunch of hot air balloons and an impressive O2 free rise to 20,000 ft that involved putting on a parachute in the air…anyway, I think that David is a remarkable showman/daredevil, but he’s got nothing on the disappearing rear glass of a vintage Poncho Safari wagon. Where’d it go? Did it go down into the tail gate that is now lowering into the bumper, or did it go up into the headliner…I am so confused. But what I’m NOT confused about is the incredible beast that is this next car. Find this 1973 Pontiac Catalina Safari offered for $11,500 in Antioch, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A Pontiac dealer in 1977 must have been a very confusing place to visit. On the fancy side of the dealership you could get a full sized Bonneville, Safari, Grand Prix, and the recently downsized Catalina..which was now on par in size with a LeMans. One your way past the performance oriented Firebird you would find smaller cars like the Phoenix and the Ventura…but eventually you’d stumble upon a few unloved things in the corner including a subcompact Sunbird and the Astre. Where did all of these cars fit in the realm of GM’s Chevy, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, GMC, Buick, Cadillac brands?…I think you’d need a pivot table to properly understand it. But here is what you need to understand — this is a Vega powered by Pontiac’s iron duke 4-cylinder…which is the only reason it is still on the road because those alloy block engines in the Vega were dreadful. Find this 1977 Pontiac Astre Safari Wagon offered for $6,500 in Lucerne Valley, CA via eBay.
Here are two words that don’t go together. LeMans and Safari. LeMans is a city in France that hosts a prestigious 24 hour race for sports racing cars and a Safari is fun filled vacation for wealthy people where they stalk rare wildlife and get sand in their cargo pants. Here is one more word […]
In 1953 a shopper at a Pontiac dealer had a number of choices — starting with the entry level Chieftain (except for Canada, which had the Pathfinder) and then going up in class to the Super Chief, Star Chief, or the Safari if wagons were your thing. Today’s next feature is vaguely related to a […]
The GMC Safari was a badge engineered version of the popular Chevrolet Astro, but it could be optioned without the tall greenhouse and glass windows — instead it has the panel sides of a creeper work van. The Safari/Astro/Express wasn’t a large van, but it offered a frugal driving experience compared to a full sized […]
If you loved GM’s subcompact Vega, (and who doesn’t?!?!) then you’ll love the badge engineered versions for GM’s other brands. The H-body offerings went up from the basic Vega and they included the luxurious Oldsmobile Starfire, sporty Buick Skyhawk, and the Pontiac Astre — whose purpose was as confounding as the name. Find this 1975 […]
The Chevy Astro van was built for moms who didn’t want to haul six bratty kids to hockey practice – they could haul seven, in rear-wheel drive fashion. With a V8 up front and custom drivetrain in the back, this one has traded PTA meetings for time slips. Find this 1985 GMC Safari for $6,500 […]