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Pontiac Grand Prix

1973-1977 Pontiac Grand

The new generation represented by the 1973 Grand Prix had to share key style and engineering elements many General Motors That was a blow to the GP’s distinctiveness, but it was hardly a fatal

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The T-top removable roof opera windows, landau roof, and stand-up hood on this 1976 Pontiac Prix were typical all U.S. carmakers were to woo buyers in the mid-70s. See more car pictures .

Conventional wisdom has it that the were dismal years for cars. So long confident in its to master the public’s tastes and Detroit suddenly found whipsawed by strong competition abroad and new layers of regulation at Trying to adapt the cars it had on to meet these challenges always result in the happiest

Tremendous gains in performance, as in raw horsepower. were swept with a rising tide of and exhaust emissions standards. that avenue closed to automakers turned to luxury as a point. All kinds of cars newly dolled-up in plush

The trick worked especially on mid-sized, two-door personal that sustained the Big Three these difficult times.

The Cutlass became the country’s popular nameplate, spurred by demand for its formal-roofed Supreme New designs launched in 1977 in the best sales years for the Ford Thunderbird and Mercury XR-7. Chrysler. staunchly to nothing but full-sized cars, resist no longer and brought out the in 1975.

It was an instant hit.

Pontiac Grand Prix

That the Pontiac Grand Prix also turn out to be one of these seems to be no sure thing in The car arrived under less ideal circumstances. Through a of delays triggered by the infamous Motors strike in the fall of Pontiac was forced to delay its

Instead of coming out for 1972, the GP was held over to 1973. it did a very good job of continuing the Prix tradition of personal combined with sporty it represented the beginning of GM’s of its mid-size car platforms. The bold statement the GP had previously made was to be quieted.

The Grand Prix’s basic was now shared with Chevrolet, and Buick. Additionally, the new GP was forced sharing a 116-inch wheelbase by the Monte Carlo and all intermediate For the GP, this represented a two-inch from 1972.

Further watering down the Prix’s unique flavor was the that the new G-body for personal was quite similar to the redesigned for mainline intermediates. In fact, the Century Luxus and Regal, as as the Olds Cutlass Supreme, A/G-body crossbreeds that the G-body roof onto the platform used by A-body

Adding to the confusion was the new Pontiac Am, which was also competing for the portion of the GP market. Unfortunately, overlapping marketing would momentum in subsequent years and come in for its share of blame for GM sales.

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