It was originally owned by a man in Knoxville,
Iowa, until 1995, when he sold it to a Newton,
Iowa man who'd worked in a Pontiac dealer's body shop from 1959 until
The first owner claims to have never driven it in winter. The fact only surface rust was
present under the rocker panel trim seems to support that claim.
The Newton man did a thorough frame-off restoration over the 15 months
that he owned it. He was adamant that everything be correct as originally
delivered from the factory—right down to the spring-clamp battery cables, and plating on the alternator pulley, brake booster and master cylinder cover—since, until I came along, he had intended to keep it.