Though its name identified the 4-4-2 as a collection of separate performance parts, no 1966 muscle intermediate had a more unified performance personality. Oldsmobile’s interpretation of the modern supercar was quickly gaining a reputation as the best balanced of the bunch.
Pontiac enlarged its 370-cid in 1959 to create the 389, its signature engine for much of the ’60. A 345 bhp tri-power option was offered from the start and over the next few years, dealer-installed ” Super Duty” factory mods pushed it to 363 bhp. Let’s take a look to the 1961 Pontiac Ventura 389.