Wow - I went strolling down memory lane and found these photos --http://www.cars-on-line.com/41010.html
which look eerily like the Pontiac convertible that I referred to above. It's the same exact color (metallic gold) and even has the white vinyl seats, except ours had bucket seats instead of the full front bench. (Strange thing: the car didn't have a center console - just an empty gap between the seats with the transmission selector mounted on the steering wheel - that's the one thing I would change).
I wish there was a pic of the car with the top down - man, that car looked soooooo looooong when the top was down! And such swoopy-curvy lines. I swear, if Marilyn Monroe had been a car, this would have been it (well, it would have been had it had been outfitted with those big torpedo-shaped chrome bumper guards that were popular in the 50s).
One correction for car buffs: I guess the engine was a 421 cid V8. I could have sworn the air filter cover had red numbers on it that said 4-2-6, but I guess that just shows the kind of funny games that time can play on one's memory.
Now, if I just had $17,500 to buy the old land yacht, I could really relive my childhood. But that's a hard price to swallow. I bet that car wasn't a dime over $4,000 brand new!
[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (10/24/2009)]