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Pontiac Catalina - 1961 Catalina hits tree while car is empty


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VEHICLE COVERED: 1961 Pontiac Catalina

WHAT WENT WRONG: We drive, park and walk away from our classics so routinely, we rarely consider the potential danger if the car should slip out of gear. But it happens more than you’d think. The owner of a 1961 Pontiac Catalina had just returned to his home in Virginia Beach after having the car detailed for an upcoming show. He parked in his driveway and walked inside to make a phone call when the Catalina rolled backward down the driveway, crossed the street and crashed into a neighbor’s tree.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2012/09/12/losses-and-lessons-on-a-roll-isnt-always-a-good-thing