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Mother Nature versus the Pontiac


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Guest Paul Christ

I discovered this series of photos on the Internet and found them to be captivating. It's amazing to see how the environment has altered this old girl...

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Guest Paul Christ

One of the reasons that I like the photos of the old Pontiac is because they remind me of the scene below - remember the movie?

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Guest straight shooter

How can the Pontiac be that far gone and the rear vinyl seat and few interior panels be in such great shape. Does anybody also know the story of how the car got there and left abandoned.

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How can the Pontiac be that far gone and the rear vinyl seat and few interior panels be in such great shape. Does anybody also know the story of how the car got there and left abandoned.

I noticed that first thing as well. The seat springs even look good by the way they are nearly poking out of the rear facing seat. It seems like all the attaching hardware would have rotted away long ago and the skins floated off. It looks like they were just detailed.

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That 64 Pontiac is about thirty five minutes away from my house. The the extinct volcano cone in the water in the background is one of the five sisters in the area. Us surfers just call the thing the rock. Flat landers/tourist and city officials call it Morro Rock. The rock is in Morro Bay (central Ca. coast) The car is actually in Morro Bay State park or Montana de Oro State Park----with the camera angle it's hard to gauge proper depth perception, but both parks are next to each other. Here is another view of Morro Rock, this time from the north looking south from the beach city of Cayucos---the Rock is in line with the flagpole on top of the roof of the historical Borradori garage;

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FYI, it is not uncommon to loose cars in this area and the Pismo Beach area as cars /people are caught off guard with a fast incoming tide. I once saw a full size Chevy 4X4 pick up loose it at Pismo-about 40 minutes south of where the Pontiac is. The driver couldn't dig out fast enough and the ocean and sand swallowed the truck up. This is most likely what happened to the Pontiac and then when we get a big swell and beach erosion, the cars emerge from being buried. It's really amazing what can turn up!

D.

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I once lost my 4Runner to a flash flood. It was stuck in a small stream. Walked 14 miles (14,200 ft over sea level in the snow and lightning) to get help. By about 1 am we had it dug out and slightly moving when the flash flood hit, killed the engine, when over the roof and took it downstream a bit. But I want back the next day with about 20 soldiers (paid off the Sergeant) and dug it out.

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Helfen, that's more Type 3 Karmann Ghias than I've ever seen in one place, ever (not having been to a VW show).

These are a couple of my Flatlander shots in a visit to Morro Rock back in 2007...

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Larger, the Rock has been used many times in auto brochure and advertising shots.

Back to the Pontiac, given the door panel trim it's a Catalina. What a sinking feeling the owner

must have had coming back after a walk on the beach to find that his car had gone from

Safari to Submariner.

TG

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