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In 1962, Pontiac made 179 examples Super Duty on various model platforms such as the Grand Prix, Tempest and Catalina. This car is #84 and was one of the few ordered without “Dum Dum”, Radio and Heater delete, and with a complete aluminum front end and rear bumper as well as the high output 421ci V-8 with two fours, an aluminum four speed transmission and the 4.33:1 ratio rear end.
This Super Duty option cost the original owner, one Howard Maseles, an extra $1,300.00 dollars. Howard Maseles was the driver of the car sponsored by Packer Pontiac from Detroit, Michigan. The Super Duty option also included rare components such as special traction bars on the rear axle, aluminum headers with cut-outs, drag latch on battery hold down kit, deep-V pulleys and so on. What makes this car even more special is that it was not built by some racing team like Shelby or Sox & Martin – it was built by Pontiac on the assembly line!
This car held the record at Indy running SS/S in 11.73 seconds and 118 miles per hour in the quarter mile. It held other records in “C” and “D” stock as listed in “Dragster”, published in 1969, which even showed featured picture of the “Packer Pontiac”. This car has only 74 miles displayed on the speedometer but Howard Maseles disconnected it after the first few races. However, the car was never put on the street and was always either towed or trailered to races. That is why the original window sticker is still in place in its original place on the driver’s side rear window. It’s a safe bet that at a quarter of a mile at a time for six racing seasons the mileage is not much more than shown.
Ownership has transferred five times between friends and acquaintances of each previous owner with the current vendor, Warren Howell, being the owner of record and was never available to the general public until the middle of 2008. The car was a recipient of a complete frame-off restoration back in 1990. Howard Maseles consulted with the re-builder to make sure it was restored back to its original condition including the markings and decals. The car comes with the original window sticker still displayed, original invoice, original tires, original “Super Duty” owner’s manual, original Pontiac Owners Protection Plan, original stickers and warning signs that were on the car when delivered new to Howard, plus hundreds of pictures and time tickets from the various tracks where it raced, Howard’s original shop coat and even a die cast model that Howard will autograph for the new owner.
This is, in my opinion and many in the community of rare vintage race cars, the finest, rarest and most documented example of a 1962 Super Duty Pontiac that actually raced in the United States in its day.