The performance of the 1964-1967 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 models was highly praised. Bob McVay tried a 2+2 hardtop for Motor Trend, which gave Pontiac a blanket "Car of the Year" award in 1965. "Docile as a kitten in town, our 338-bhp charger turned wild when we put our foot down," McVay wrote, using the Royal Plural. "Our" foot gave 0-60 in eight seconds flat. "Equally impressive was the car's excellent passing acceleration and lugging ability in fourth gear, with 459 pounds/feet of torque available at 2800 rpm. . . This combination of a large-capacity engine in a relatively light body should prove an excellent tow car for the weekend racer or traveler. [But] as with any performance automobile, gas mileage wasn't anything to shout about. . . .The 2+2 is one of those rare machines that asks to be driven fast and well. A good driver can get a lot out of a car like this -- a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment in addition to performance."
Few changes occurred in 1966, except that the 2+2 was listed as an individual model, again as a hardtop or convertible. The identifying louvers were now moved to the rear fenders, and a Pontiac shifter replaced the Hurst unit. In 1967 the 2+2 was a Catalina package again, priced as usual around $400, but the base engine was now a 428 with a single four-barrel carburetor. The option included Deluxe wheel discs and steering wheel, Decor moldings, bucket seats, the three-speed, dual exhausts, and a heavy-duty stabilizer bar. A 428 HO engine remained available, but was not offered with Tri-Power.
According to John Gunnell's Pontiac Buyer's Guide, only 19,672 Catalinas had the 2+2 option from 1965 through 1967, and a breakdown of coupes vs. convertibles is not available. "The 1965s are the most highly sought after," Gunnell wrote, "even though they had the largest production." He goes on to call the 2+2 "Pontiac's top full-size collector car of this era."
Get the specifications of the 1964-1967 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 on the next page.