If you’re like me, “Grand Prix” and “convertible” are things you usually don’t think of at the same time. When I spotted this one earlier this month, I had no idea just what a rare car it was. In this storied nameplate’s forty-seven model years spanning 1962 and 2008 and the various guises and roles it played within Pontiac’s lineup, 1967 was the only year the Grand Prix was offered as a convertible. Just 5,856 soft-tops were sold that year, alongside 37,125 hardtop coupes, accounting for just under 14% of total GP production.
This was back when the Grand Prix was still a full-sized car based on GM’s B-platform, before undergoing a complete reinvention as a midsized G-Body for ’69. This ’67 looks mighty fine in its dark, business-like paint scheme, but I can’t help but wonder what various other Grand Prixs over the years might have looked like as convertibles. The aforementioned ’69 would have made a knockout drop-top, but there were already slightly smaller, open-air Pontiac A-Bodies available in the Tempest, LeMans, and GTO. I feel that even the latter-day, FWD GM-10 Grand Prix would have made a great-looking convertible, as did its Olds Cutlass cousin. Cheers to the occupants of this particular machine for enjoying top-down cruising during one of the very last warm days of this year.
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Sunday, October 11, 2020.