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Lot 238

1957 Pontiac Bonneville

  • Chassis no. P857H33383
  • Engine no. P857H33383

Sold for $209,000


315 bhp, 347 cu. in OHV V-8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, four-speed Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124 in.

  • The only fuel-injected example originally finished in Raven Black
  • Extremely well optioned and fitted with its original 347 fuel-injected engine
  • Formerly owned by noted collector Brent Merrill


In the mid-1950s, many regarded Pontiac as a producer of reliable yet mundane family cars. With the introduction of the Bonneville in January 1957, that reputation quickly went out the window about as fast as the Bonneville traveled. Offered was a car loaded to the brim with every power accessory imaginable, resulting in a luxury convertible that made absolutely no compromises whatsoever in terms of comfort. If that didn’t woo prospective buyers, the engine certainly did. The car was powered by a dynamite 347-cubic inch V-8 that was fitted with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, and as such, it was capable of producing 315 horsepower and running from 0 to 60 in 8.1 seconds, which was alarmingly fast for such a heavy car.

Of course, this level of luxury and performance came at a price, $5,782 to be exact, which was over $1,000 more expensive than a fuel-injected Corvette and more than twice the price of a Star Chief Convertible. Only 630 Bonnevilles were produced, making it a truly rare car in terms of overall GM production. Every Pontiac dealer was allocated just one car, bringing a great deal of exclusivity to the individual who was lucky enough to get their hands on one.

The example presented here is even rarer yet. It is the only fuel-injected example finished in Raven Black, with a matching Black and Ivory interior and white convertible top. Following a full frame-off restoration to concours standards, it is truly one of the finest examples in existence. This Bonneville shows a high degree of factory correctness, down to the appropriate inspection markings and tags in the engine bay. A correct original spare tire, complete with an original sticker, tonneau cover, and jack, reside in the trunk. This Bonneville is near flawless throughout, showing few signs of use despite having been restored over 10 years ago. It was previously owned by noted collector Brent Merrill, and it has continued to be preserved in wonderful condition within the Andrews Collection. It is one of the finest examples of its kind in existence.

The Bonneville offered each of its buyers an almost inconceivable choice of power options and even more horsepower, leaving those lucky few wanting for nothing. The Andrews’s example is a one-of-a-kind Bonneville that truly needs nothing, and it would be a wonderful addition to any collection of high-performance American muscle.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more