Here at Streetside Classics, it's our job to watch the market and spot trends. Most recently, it seems that '70s luxury/muscle is hitting its stride, and there are few better examples of the breed than this 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix. With a ton of recent work, this black-on-black stunner coddles like a Cadillac, but moves like a GTO.
Think of the Pontiac Grand Prix Model J as a luxury car on steroids. It's got the right long hood/short deck proportions, a fantastic fresh Starlight Black paint job, and a new vinyl top, all of which are muscle car staples. Up close, however, you'll notice that someone really sweated the details on this one, and there's quite likely a lot more than the asking price wrapped up in making it look this good. The original bodywork is laser-straight thanks to a lifetime in warm, sunny North Carolina, and with black, there are no shortcuts. Adding just the right amount of flash, bright red pinstripes accent the dramatic hood and subtle kick-up behind the doors, and all the chrome has been polished to a high shine.
The amazing continues inside, with a gorgeous black interior complete with buckets and a console. Add in the red carpet and it looks like a million bucks, and it's all in very good condition. Even the driver's seat shows minimal wear and the back seat looks like new, further evidence that this special Grand Prix has been loved all its life. Look closely and you'll note cool '70s details like the 8-track player mounted at the rear of the center console, and yes, it's fully functional so get your Bee Gees tapes out of the attic. This one also includes options like power windows, A/C (ice cold thanks to an R134a upgrade), and cruise control, which was fairly unusual on the big Pontiacs. A new headliner has just been installed and the original door panels remain excellent.
The muscle part of the Grand Prix equation comes from Pontiac's stout 400 cubic inch V8, although this matching-numbers powerplant has been substantially upgraded. The obvious stuff includes an Edelbrock intake, open-element air cleaner, and a big 4-barrel carburetor, all topped with a pair of gorgeous cast aluminum PONTIAC valve covers. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers make an already fat torque curve even fatter, and it sounds downright threatening with the Dynatech dual exhaust system. A TH400 3-speed automatic is heavy-duty enough for the engine's output, and feeds a set of highway-friendly 3.08 gears, so this big Poncho just loafs along at supra-legal speeds. There's absolutely no rust on the chassis or floors, and it even looks like someone has been under there keeping it clean. Four stylish original Rally II wheels wear fat 235/60/14 Firestone radials.
Don't be surprised if cars like this see a big jump in values very soon. It happened to the Riviera, the Eldorado, and the Continental Mark II, and this Grand Prix is that same kind of luxury muscle. Call today!
This vehicle is located in our Charlotte, NC showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.