This driveway around the corner from my rentals in my neighborhood has hosted this ’77 Grand Prix for as long as I’ve owned them, meaning 1996. Did he buy it new? I should ask him sometime. And he’s obviously a Pontiac fan, with that newer one as a regular driver.
Here it is in profile. it’s live outside all these decades, so it’s not exactly pristine, but our healing rains have kept it pretty intact.
Here’s a shot of it from 2009, when I first started shooting CC’s. I never wrote it up on its own, but it does make an appearance on my 1976 GP CC:
Curbside Classic: 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix – Grand Size, Medium Prize
He needs a 1963 Grand Prix.
I believe the newer GP you reference is actually a Bonneville, not a GP. Still a Pontiac!
Yes, I meant to say “Pontiac lover”. Fixed now.
One minor nit: The other car is a Bonneville.
Easy to understand keeping the 76 GP. Had 77 Monte Carlo. Great cars AND last before 78 downsizing. Considered 79 Monte Carlo and said NO way. Smaller, V6 🤮, poor restyle and list price about $3,000 above my 77. Friend had 75 GP ,traded for 78 GP and soon regretted it . This GP is definitely a keeper! Kept my 77 Monte for seven years. Unfortunately though always garaged and rustproofed, rust and high mileage took their toll.
Nice, even on Olds wheels 🙂
Interesting how the front end on this car is similar to that of the Chrysler New Yorker from the previous post, when the headlights are unhidden – both attractive!
The rear is probably the only view of the Collonade Grand Prix I’m not that into but compared to the Cordoba that clearly copied the design it has so much more going for it. I like these a lot, probably the last great Pontiac design that wasn’t a Firebird, and one of those odd cars that improved with a facelift to square headlights
The ’69 Grand Prix was it’s first year as a PLC. It made a huge splash as a specially bodied model. My Aunt bought a new ’69, and it got a lot of attention and positive comments from onlookers. She kept that car for ten years.
The second generation from ’73 to ’77 became a Colonade. I think that they kept their appeal until the end of the ’70’s. I kind of liked the downsized ’78, which looked better in my opinion than the Monte Carlo.
Too bad that the owner of the featured GP couldn’t have kept it in the garage more often.
It would be interesting to know what tiny percentage of mid- & late-70s PLCs were sold without a landau roof. I’ll wager this GP has been circumcised and repainted. Was the ’72 Eldorado the first to offer one in the 70s, a year after the first modern opera window? Considering how absurd it looked on the bloated Eldo, it’s surprising it caught on.
I’ve always liked the Darrin dip in the door. Gives it a lightness that the bumpers can’t completely overwhelm.
It’s heavily padded.
I don’t think the black paint does it any favours, but lower this an inch or two and get those wheels out in the proper Wide Track position…..