How does a brand new 1981 Pontiac Phoenix strike you? Bob Sellers has 26 in stock, $500 off!
No? How about a brand new 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix? 82 in stock now! $700 off!
I was doing some electrical work up in the attic of the 1899-vintage house I’m refurbishing last night when I came across this jewel. I’ve found a number of fantastic things working on this house so far-a telegram from someone fighting in World War II, a vintage beer bottle, and a number of “wheat pennies.” But, this is the first auto ad I’ve managed to find.
Also, yikes! I mean, I know it was a recession in 1981, but 82 Grand Prixs in stock? Dang!
Indeed, it was a recession, so maybe a new car isn’t in the cards. How about a ’66 Chevelle? 283, 3-speed, only $225! I’m pretty sure that’d be worth a small mint today.
Much to my own surprise, there was a pretty wide assortment of foreign cars listed. Maybe they were auto workers that decided having them keyed or burned wasn’t so cool after all. To hear the stories, a foreign car was not long for this world if you turned up at one of the plants in it.
Truly a car town back then, what with special sections for wagons and convertibles! An “Extra Nice” ’68 Fiat convertible was only $2,200.
Probably the most interesting to me? The “64 1/2” Mustang that was both “mechanically new” and “completely original,” needed body restoration, and was still $3,950. That’s $11,000 in 2017 money. Even then they went for ludicrous money! If we’re being fair, though, it is a convertible.
From a remnant of the Monday, March 16th, 1981 Detroit News that’s been lying around a Detroit attic since then.