BROOKLIN AND THE 1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE CONVERTIBLE
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The standard 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible has appeared in various shades of gunmetal grey, black and black metallic, all with silver grey interiors. Most of these have rear seats darker than the front seats, but some have the same color seats. The base is silver and tyres are whitewall. These models were produced in 1987 and deleted in April 1994. At the same time Brooklin switched the standard to a white model with more detailing and black base, identified as BRK 25A. This was deleted in 1999.
The first special sponsored by Brooklin Models is the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville sporting appropriate colors and decals of the 1958 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. With white body, red interior and red decals, distribution of this model was set along the lines of previous year's Tucker specials. Distributors were asked to order in advance and total quantity produced was set by number ordered prior to the deadline, March 1, 1989. In this case orders for 3000 pieces were received and the models were released in September 1989 with “1 of 3000” cast in base.
PACIFIC COAST TOY SHOW
The 8th annual limited edition Brooklin produced for P.C.T.S. was released in May 1990, with 500 pieces made. Done in bright red with white interior, this 1958 Pontiac Bonneville carries white license plate reading "VANCOUVER CDN25" and a baseplate that reads "P.C.T.S. 1990 - 1 of 500". A variation painted in an orange shade of red has been noted.
USA CODE 3
An interesting group of five Code 3's 1958 Pontiac Bonneville were detailed in USA in different colors in quantities which vary from 6 to 40. One is finished in cream with red rear fender inserts and red / white interior, another one is finished in red with white rear fender inserts and red / white interior. The remaining three have the original black color but with different rear fender inserts in pink, pistachio, lavender and matching color combination of the seats. It is not known who made these conversions.
These are a trial variation of the standard 1958 Pontiac Bonneville and are done in the standard black color, but with a red interior. The steering wheel is black and the license plate is yellow, as it is in the standard model, but the convertible top tonneau cover is black, matching the car color rather than the interior. In comparison to the standard color combination, the red interior provides a striking contrast and adds to the bold look of this long and low Bonneville. Only 35 of these Pontiacs were made.
ANGEL COLLECTION - ANGEL’S DINER
A 1958 Pontiac Bonneville was designed by David Angel to advertise an “Angel’s Diner” on Route 66. This Code 3 is blue with light blue interior and has decals on the doors saying “Fine Home Cooking” and the address “Main Street - Albuquerque - New Mexico”. Only 15 were made.
BROOKLIN COLLECTORS CLUB
The B.C.C. chose the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville as the base for their 1996 club special. The Brooklin factory agreed to add the hardtop, as the Bonneville Sport Coupe (BRK25B). The same roof was used for both the '58 Chevy Impala and the '58 Bonneville Sport Coupe, unique in the presence of a fake louvered vent over the rear window. The actual two-tone Bonneville Sport Coupes had the roof color (matching the rear fender insert) overlying the C-pillar, which matched the body color. This styling detail of roof design can be seen on the single-color '58 Chevrolet Impala. Exterior is done in pale pink, with a medium grey roof and a dark grey rear fender flash. Only 350 of this very limited special were produced with “B.C.C. ’96. 1 of 350” cast in base.
Author: Gianluigi Cappi
You may find more pictures and information on this model plus many other Brooklin stories in the Brooklin Models Collectors Guide.