For sale by PRIVATE OWNER
1960 Pontiac .... "ACE" the Ventura.
eBay does not have a category listing for the rarer Ventura. That's why it's under Catalina.
This vehicle is located in Calgary Alberta Canada.
It is free to travel without any shipping restrictionover 25 years old (antique status), domestic built,originally from US; simply returning. ***. WE WILL ASSIST WITH ALL SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS ***
Titling is perfectly transferable. Alberta even uses American insurance companies (Cooperators, State Farm, Hagerty!)
Once again, the-Ventura is in Calgary Alberta Canada (approx 3 hrs north of Montana). Please do not ask me where it is located... It is in Calgary Alberta Canada. Ebay does not have provision for those with multiple residences. As mentioned, titling is perfectly transferable and there is no customs or shipping restrictions (This car is 100% exempt of all restriction)
The border closure applies to personal travel ONLY...not shipments or deliveries.
I wish I didn't have to sell this car but, we've downsized again. I’ve had it a long time, and actually adored it even longer. Not enough space for everything. Was a hard choice to make.
We’re effectively the 3rd owners of Ace (the Ventura). It stayed with the original family for 20 years. Eventually, it was brought it to Canada and sold. The 2nd owner had it a very long time as well. From what I understand, he got it in about 1980. Although he owned it for a very long time, it wasn't hardly ever used. The car sat in his little garage for over 2 decades. It was only taken out very seldomly; mostly for maintenance, and once in a while to a carshow. In fact, that's where we first saw it. Was at a a large car show many years ago. I was drawn to this car like a moth to a flame. I spoke with the owner and asked if he’d consider selling it. He declined. 2 years passed, and we ran into him again at another show. Between time, the car hadn’t been removed from his garage since the last time we saw it. Again, I asked to buy the car and was declined. More years passed by, and... Low-&-behond, I finally made a deal.
After buying the Ventura, we had the stubborn old paint polished to a gorgeous sheen. It took 3 days of careful work. I was very adamant that it didn't get burned through on any corners or edges, and didn't want to touch a single ding, chip, or scratch. It would take away from the integrity of it's preserved state. The old paint shined up just dazzling. I love it. We lowered the car to set the perfect rake and stance, and I was very proud of myself for how it looked. It's nutty sounding but, I can just stand and stare at this car. Admittedly, I often leave it outside so I can admire it through the window. We've got far more expensive cars but, nothing to me looks like this crazy kooky thing.
Several times each year, my wife and I take it for an evening drive. It's just such a great old machine. Nothing, in my opinion looks quite like these '59 and '60 GM cars, especially the Pontiacs. Mostly though, the Ventura just sat some more. Through some lifestyle changes, and wanting less things, I've cleared out a lot of cars that I've inadvertently amassed. Through it all, the "Ace" remained. Now, sadly... something has to give. All the others we have left are just heirloom, too sentimental, or much more valuable.
Every time we take this car out, I just love it. The car is just such a nice, no-excuses machine. It starts and runs perfectly…. Never an issue, never a concern. We have a collection of about a dozen other cars; some very fine collectibles, and amazing restorations. None of them, regardless of cost, can ever compare to the reliability. Ace is a easy no-excuses handsome old touring machine, that gets incredible attention, without breaking the bank. Turn the key and go. Never a hiccup. He’s got amazing presence, super groovy appeal, and just an inexplicable cool factor. There's no modernization to fuel injection, disc brakes, LS motor, or anything. It's exactly what it is and I love it this way. The original 389 4-barrel works perfectly. All in all, It dig this thing so much…. The stance, the colour, the fact it’s mostly unrestored. It just oozes cool from every direction.
But it's gotta go. And with that said…. We’re putting Ace for sale UNRESERVED.
Full disclosure, this is not a perfect showpiece. I'd describe it as a wildly cool driver. Throughout the car are small paint chips, scratches, and assorted tiny dings. It’s far from perfect. The speedometer cable is broken, and the fuel gauge does not work. We traced it to the gauge cluster (oh, and a new one is included). Seat vinyl upholstery has some splitting, and the door panels as well. To play on the super-safe side, I’ll describe it as a 1/10 project car. Obviously, it’s better than that but, my eyes look at this car very overly favourably. I’d rather heavily HEAVILY under describe. The paint is shiny, chrome gleams, and it runs/drives fantastic. I love this car exactly the way it is. Others may say it requires complete restoration. I wouldn’t change a thing. Once again, I’ll call it a 1/10 project car just to play safe. The interior is original but, like the rest of the car very-very clean. The paint is really shiny (the car’s been kept indoors always), and we had everything gone over again just recently by a shop. I even had purchased seatbelt from Classic Performance, and had them installed (2 seatbelt in the front, and 2 in the rear). These cars never originally came with seatbelts. One thing I forgot to have the shop look at is the Air Conditioning though. It currently is not functioning. For starters, there's no belt. I'd imagine it may need some seals and who knows what else -- definitely a diagnosis and recharge. Nice thing is, this is a real, genuine factory A/C car (!!!) and it appears all intact, just in need of a refresh. Some eBay sellers may call this a 6.5/10 or 7/10 but, really…. I wouldn’t.
You may have noticed 2 different sets of wheels in the pictures. To offer choice, "Ace" is being sold with the vintage aluminum slots. I think they're date-coded to early '70's and, as I understand, have been on the car the whole time. The new Torque Thrust wheels are a little bigger diameter, present a slightly different look (personable preference), and available as the other choice. If you'd like them, please specify, then add $1250 to the final purchase price after the auction.
Perfectly restored vintage cars are everywhere, at every show. The fastest rising segment of the collector car hobby are survivor cars. That said, some things here have been changed. Air cleaner housing is non-original, exhaust is new, and the tires/wheels have been changed. Most everything else is somewhat vintage. Still, it’s gleams nicely and is quite dazzling to behold.
I'm not a dealer and can assure you nothing has been cleverly touched up, or made presentable. I took the photo's outside with my own phone. The model is not professionally hired. She voluntarily donated her time. (LOL, she's our young daughter.... who'd be devastated if she knew Ace was for sale).
Not sure what else to say. We’re sad to see Ace go. He’s entirely irreplaceable. But for sad as we are, we're confident someone will be equally happy.
Review our feedback please. ....Each is for a 40+ year old vehicle!
During our relatively short tenure on eBay, we've figured out 2 very important things are communication and procedure. We have a little procedure. Our little procedure focuses on communication. It goes as follows:After auction, we ask for your buyer's information. You supply.We fill in transfer papers and scan/send to you. You confirm spelling and information correct.You go to your bank, and send funds. We validate receipt.We begin on shipping, ...keeping you informed every step..You receive your car.
We're not interested in Paypal or deposits...
I don't care for deposits. If you want the Ventura, you know the value of what you're looking at. If you are bidding, please be serious as I am and understand our adherence to this little system/procedure. It's to help both of us. If, for any reason, you cannot adhere to this procedure, please let us know BEFORE BIDDING. OR,....IF YOU HAVE ZERO FEEDBACK OR ARE NEW TO EBAY YOU MUST CONTACT ME BEFORE BIDDING. Otherwise, I will cancel your bid.
DELIVERY:...to most states and destinations is in the $1500+ range. Please keep that in mind. Budget for at least this amount. Texas and Florida, and other far southeastern states, are obviously a bit more at minimum $2250-ish. Any required inspections, certifications, registrations, paperwork, or anything else are the buyer's responsibility. I don't know the rules in each particular state so, am selling as per Alberta rules. My wife has become pretty good at setting up shipping and, is happy to assist. Rest is up to you. Payment is by bank transfer, US account to US account. As stated, I don't ask for Paypal. Once payment is received, everything else is ready to proceed from there. I believe putting this car unreserved will easily make up for any shipping costs. Somebody is likely to get a heck of a deal.
CALLS:Even a long-winded description like mine is bound to miss a few details. If you'd like to speak over the phone, I'm happy to hear from you. Please write and we'll make arrangements.
If you are from OVERSEAS, please know we have shipped long distances several times. We are happy to assist. Since beginning to narrow down our inadvertent collection a couple years ago, we've sold to England, France, Germany, Holland, Slovenia, as well as the Middle East and New Zealand. If it says anything about what kind of sellers we are... We have sold 6 (six !!) to one gentleman alone in Holland, 2 to another, and 2 to one fellow in England.
And, well...... I believe that covers everything.
Good luck & HAPPY BIDDING.