Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Pontiac entered the "personal" car arena in 1962 with the Grand Prix. The model was offered for the next several years as a 2-door hardtop until 1967. This was the first and only model year for production of Grand Prix in a convertible. There were 5,856 convertible Grand Prixs manufactured. And, according to the Pontiac-Oakland club there are less than 800 left.
I bought this car in June of 2000 for $6,500. At the time it had 72,000 original miles on it. My mechanic believed that the odometer reading is accurate -- because the timing gear failed at about 74,000 miles in January 2001. Apparently this was common due to the use of bakelite on the timing gear -- shears off with normal wear at around 70,000 miles.
It's all original, and all there with the the exception of the electric antenna and the bumper jack. 400 CID; 4-bbl Carter AFB; power windows, original AM/FM radio. It's Signet Gold with Parchment interior. I've purchased a history from Pontiac Historic Services, replaced the owner's manual and convertible top manual. I still work on it as I can. On nice days, I drive it! It now has 84,000 miles on the odometer.
I've done quite a bit of work to it over the years -- mostly mechanical. But it still needs work. Some of the things I've had done need to be redone (the carb could use a GOOD rebuild rather than the one I got from a "trusted" rebuilder in Pennsylvania, and the top motor runs but is no longer operating the top -- I think it's a hydraulic fluid leak).
This car has become part of the "America on the Move" collection at the Smithsonian. See the exhibit's web page here:
An account of the history of the nameplate can be found at: