'60 Pontiac Ventura Is a Honey of a car.(AUTO WEEKEND)(OUT OF THE PAST)
Byline: Vern Parker, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
When Fausto Falcone and his bride, Carlene, drove off in 1963 on their honeymoon, they did so in his nearly new 1960 Pontiac Ventura.
He had purchased the two-door hardtop Pontiac three years previously, his first major purchase after graduating from high school two years earlier. The transaction took place at 14th and Irving streets NW at Jack Blank Pontiac. The monthly payment was $78.
Just a few years earlier Pontiac had begun to make a move toward performance and became a presence in NASCAR. That action by Pontiac attracted Mr. Falcone's high-octane attention. He purchased the Coronado red sports hardtop coupe with a standard 389-cubic-inch V-8 developing 283 horsepower.
A couple of years into the marriage the honeymoon car was traded for another car. "You traded cars every few years back then," Mr. Falcone said.
Three decades passed before Mr. Falcone realized how much he missed his first new car. Witnessing the enjoyment friends with old cars were having prompted him to get one of his own. "Man, I wished that I had kept that '60," Mr. Falcone said.
Just any old car wouldn't do. Mr. his 1960 Pontiac Ventura would be acceptable.
In 1998 he began searching for the car of his youth. "I wanted to go back to my childhood," he said. It wasn't until then that Mr. Falcone discovered the rarity of any 1960 Pontiac.
Forget about ragged-out 1960 Pontiacs. Mr. Falcone couldn't find any 1960 Pontiac for sale regardless of condition.
In the autumn of 2001 the seemingly impossible occurred. …