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Encyclopedia > Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac Grand Prix
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1962–2008
Successor Pontiac G8 (US & Canada)
Pontiac G6 (Mexico)
Class Personal luxury car (1962-1987)
Mid-size (1988-2008)

The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. First introduced as part of Pontiac's full-size model offering for the 1962 model year, the Grand Prix name has also been applied to cars in the personal luxury car market segment and the mid-size offering, slotting below the large Bonneville in the company's lineup. As of model year 2008, the Grand Prix is Pontiac's second largest automotive offering in production, superseding the recently discontinued Pontiac Bonneville and second only to the Pontiac G8, a replacement for both the Grand Prix and Bonneville. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 518 pixelsFull resolution (2187 × 1417 pixel, file size: 216 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pontiac Grand Prix Metadata This file... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds most dominant automaker since 1931. ... The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan produced by General Motors to be released for the 2008 model year under the Pontiac name. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Pontiac G6 coupe Pontiac G6 hardtop convertible The Pontiac G6 is a mid-size car released in September 2004 for the 2005 model year. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... Ford Thunderbird A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... This article is about Pontiac automobiles; for the Native American leader, see Chief Pontiac, for other uses see the Pontiac (disambiguation). ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds most dominant automaker since 1931. ... A full-size car is term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car, usually having a wheelbase greater than 2. ... Ford Thunderbird A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan produced by General Motors to be released for the 2008 model year under the Pontiac name. ...

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1962 - 1968

Picking up where the Ventura model left off, the Grand Prix first appeared in the Pontiac line for 1962. It was essentially a standard Pontiac Catalina coupe with minimal outside chrome trim and a sportier interior (bucket seats and a center console). The performance-minded John De Lorean, head of Advanced Engineering at Pontiac, contributed greatly to the development of both the Grand Prix and the GTO. Early models had full access to the Pontiac performance option list, including the factory-race Super Duty 421 powertrain installed in a handful of 1962 and 1963 cars. This article is about Pontiac automobiles; for the Native American leader, see Chief Pontiac, for other uses see the Pontiac (disambiguation). ... 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2-door hardtop The Pontiac Catalina was part of Pontiacs full-sized automobile line. ... John Zachary De Lorean (b. ... 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2004 to 2006. ... Promotional image for Pontiacs all new 287 in³, dubbed the Strato-Streak From 1955 to 1981 the Pontiac Division of General Motors manufactured its own, unique V8 engines. ...


The full-size Catalina-based Grand Prix did very well through the 1960s, and is often credited with the move towards minimal exterior trim seen in the 1960s. Yet its clear resemblance to the other full-size Pontiacs caused some to consider it a lesser model than the other personal luxury cars. At the same time, the Grand Prix had a much stronger performance image than its competitors.


For 1963, the Grand Prix received revised sheetmetal shared with other full-size Pontiacs, but with its own squared-off roofline with a concave rear window that contrasted with the convertible-like roofline of the 1962 Grand Prix and continued on the 1963 to 1964 Catalina and Bonneville. Other distinctive styling cues found on Grand Prixs of this era included "hidden" taillight lenses and exclusive grillework up front. Inside, Grand Prixs had luxurious interiors featuring all-vinyl bucket seats separated by a center console with a floor shifter, storage compartment, courtesy light and optional tachometer or vacuum gauge. Starting in 1965, the Grand Prix was offered with a no-cost option bench seat with folding armrest as an alternative to the bucket seats and console.


Standard engines included a 303 hp (226 kW) 389 in³ V8 with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts from 1962 to 1964 and a 325 hp (242 kW) version of same engine from 1965 to 1966. Optional engines included higher output four-barrel and Tri Power versions of the 389 and larger 421 in³ V8s with up to 376 hp (280 kW). In 1967, the 389 was replaced by a 400 in³ V8 rated at 350 hp (261 kW) as the base engine while the larger 421 was replaced by a 428 in³ V8 with up to 390 hp (291 kW).


Transmissions included a standard three-speed manual and optional four-speed manual or a Hydra-Matic transmission. The three-speed Roto Hydra-Matic was offered from 1962 to 1964 and replaced by a new three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic for 1965 and later years. Hydramatic (also known as Hydra-Matic) is an automatic transmission developed by General Motors Oldsmobile division in 1939/1940. ...


A two-door hardtop was the sole bodystyle available on the Grand Prix for all years except 1967, when a convertible was also available as a one-year offering.


As a personal luxury model

1969

For 1969, DeLorean's team introduced an all-new Grand Prix based on a slightly stretched version of the intermediate GM A platform, which was dubbed the G-body. This smaller, lighter car at last had its own body, and brought a new level style and luxury into the intermediate class. It also refocused attention on performance, with increased installation percentages for manual transmissions and engine options up to the 390 hp (290 kW) 428 HO. It was both a marketing and an engineering landmark, being hailed at the time as "an Eldorado for the masses" and also in retrospect as the first successful downsizing of an American car. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of GM platforms. ... A manual transmission (also known as a stick shift, straight drive, or standard transmission) is a type of transmission used in automotive applications. ... Promotional image for Pontiacs all new 287 in³, dubbed the Strato-Streak From 1955 to 1981 the Pontiac Division of General Motors manufactured its own, unique V8 engines. ...


Inside, the 1969 Grand Prix featured a sporty and luxurious interior with a wraparound cockpit-style instrument panel that placed virtually all controls and gauges within easy reach of the driver. The "Strato" bucket seats were separated by a console slanted toward the driver which included the customary floor shifter, storage compartment and ashtray, integrated into the instrument panel. Upholstery choices included standard expanded Morrokide vinyl or cloth and Morrokide, or an extra-cost leather trim. The leather interior option also included a more luxurious cut-pile carpeting replacing the regular nylon loop rug that came with standard interior trims.


Innovations introduced on the 1969 Grand Prix included a concealed radio antenna, which amounted to two wires in the windshield; an optional built-in rear window defogger and side-impact beams inside the doors.


The 1969 Grand Prix also created a new market segment—the intermediate personal luxury car with sales ending up at over 112,000 units, well above the 32,000 full-sized Grand Prixs built in 1968. The similar Chevrolet Monte Carlo followed two years later. Ford and Chrysler responded by producing plusher versions of their Ford Torino and Dodge Charger intermediates, but both eventually created new models to enter the battle—the Ford Elite and Mercury Cougar XR-7 in 1974 and Chrysler Cordoba in 1975. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... For other uses, including the Chrysler Brand, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ... The Ford Torino was an intermediate sized car produced by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market between 1968 and 1976. ... For other models using this name, see Dodge Charger. ... Ford Elite. ... The Mercury Cougar was an automobile sold under the Mercury brand of the Ford Motor Companys Lincoln-Mercury Division. ... The 1975 Cordoba presented the opera windows, coach lamps, and landau vinyl roof that were obligatory in its market. ...


The basic 1969 bodyshell continued until the 1972 model year with a major facelift in 1971 but only minor detail revisions in 1970 and 1972.


1970

Vertical grille inserts replacing the horizontal bars of the 1969, movement of "Grand Prix" nameplates from the lower cowls to the rear C-pillars and the vertical chromed louvers from the C-pillars down to the lower cowls. The optional 428 in³ V8 rated at 370 and 390 hp (291 kW) in 1969 was replaced by a new 370 hp (276 kW) 455 in³ V8. Interior trim also received minor revisions, and a bench seat with center armrest returned as a no-cost option to the standard Strato bucket seats and console. Bench seat-equipped Grand Prixs got a steering column-mounted shifter with the automatic transmission along with a dashboard-mounted glovebox, replacing the console-mounted shifter and glovebox of bucket-seat cars. Power front disc brakes became standard equipment this year.


1971

A new integrated bumper/grille and larger single headlights replacing the quad lights of 1969-70 models marked the introduction of the 1971 Grand Prix along with a new slanted boattail-style rear with taillights built into the bumper. Interior revisions amounted to new trim patterns for cloth and vinyl upholstery patterns for both the bench and bucket seats, but the leather interior option was discontinued.


Engine choices included the standard 400 in³ V8 with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts, rated at 300 hp (220 kW); and the optional four-barrel 455 in³ V8 rated at 325 hp (242 kW). Both engines received substantially lower compression ratios (8.4 to 1 for 1971 compared to 10.25 to 1 in 1970) as part of a GM-corporate edict that required engines to use lower-octane regular leaded, low lead or unleaded gasoline beginning with the 1971 model year. Transmission offerings initially were carried over from previous years, including the standard three-speed manual, or optional four-speed stick or Turbo Hydra-Matic. However, at mid-year, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic became standard equipment and the manual shifters were dropped. Variable-ratio power steering was made standard equipment as well. At mid-year, the SJ model received a sealed Delco X battery that no longer needed water refills.


1972

Minor styling revisions included a new cross-hatch grille up front and triple cluster taillights in back. Inside, the burled-elm trim was replaced by a new teakwood design and upholstery trim patterns for vinyl and cloth selections were revised for both bucket and bench seat offerings. Engine offerings remained the same as before with the major change being the change in horsepower measurements from the previous gross method on a dynamometer to the new net ratings as installed in a vehicle with accessories and emission equipment which made the horsepower ratings of 1972 models much lower "on paper" than their 1971 counterparts though actual performance didn't change much between the two years. Under the new net horsepower system, the standard 400 in³ V8 with four-barrel carburetor was rated at 250 hp (186 kW) while the optional 455 in³ V8 with four-barrel carb was rated at 300 hp (220 kW). A dynamometer, or dyno for short, is a machine used to measure torque and rotational speed (rpm) from which power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover can be calculated. ...


At mid-year, Pontiac released a radial tire option for the Grand Prix, which increased the wheel diameter from the standard 14-inch (360 mm) to 15-inchers. The radial donuts, provided by the division's usual tire suppliers, included Firestone 500s and B.F. Goodrich Lifesaver T/As. This was the first time that Pontiac offered a radial tire option which actually became a reality. In 1968, Pontiac announced a radial tire option for the GTO that was quickly discontinued due to production problems.


An all-new Grand Prix was scheduled for 1972. However, a 67-day corporate-wide strike at GM in late 1970 that hobbled the 1971 model introduction set back 1972 model production plans and the new A and G-body cars planned for 1972 were delayed for introduction by one year to the 1973 model year.


Third generation

Third generation
Production 1973–1977
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Platform A-body
Engine(s) 231 in³ V6
350 in³ V8
400 in³ V8
455 in³ V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic
Related Buick Century
Buick Regal
Chevrolet El Camino
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Pontiac Grand Am
Pontiac LeMans
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1973

All A-bodies, including the Grand Prix, were redesigned for 1973. This generation was larger and heavier, due partly to the federally mandated 5 mph (8 km/h) crash bumpers. Although large V8s were still available, performance was on the decline due to another federal standard—a new emissions control system. The most notable styling feature of this generation was the appearance of the fixed opera window, replacing the previous disappearing rear side glass. This year's Grand Prix switched from pillarless hardtop design to a pillared "Colonnade" hardtop with frameless door glass as did all GM intermediates in response to proposed federal safety standards regarding roll-over protection that would have ultimately spelled the end of pillarless and convertible bodystyles, a mandate that fortunately never materialized. The 1973-77 GM intermediates with their pillared hardtop design were often referred to as "Colonnade hardtop coupes" or "Colonnade hardtop sedans". It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of GM platforms. ...


Front and rear styling of the 1973 Grand Prix turned out be an evolution of the 1971 to 1972 models with a vertical-bar V-nose grille and single headlamps along with the new federally mandated 5 mph (8 km/h) front bumper. The rear featured a revised boattail-like trim with square-taillights above the bumper.


Inside, a new instrument panel continued the wraparound cockpit theme of previous models with new African Crossfire Mahogany facing on the dashboard, console and door panels, which was "real" wood in contrast with the simulated woodgrain material found in most car interiors during that time. The Strato bucket seats were completely new with higher seatbacks and integrated headrests in Morrokide or scivvy cloth trims, and optional recliners and adjustable lumbar support, with a notchback bench seat offered as a no-cost option.


The standard drivetrain consisted of the four-barrel 400 in³ V8 rated at 230 hp (172 kW) and the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. Also standard were power steering and power brakes. A four-barrel 455 in³ V8 was optional and included with the "SJ" option that also added a rally gauge cluster and a radial tuned suspension with front and rear sway bars, Pliacell shock absorbers and radial-ply tires.


Although the Third Generation Grand Prix was indeed bulkier and heavier than its predecessor, handling was very good for such a large car, due to improvements in suspension design that gave better stability and cornering. The introduction of radial-ply tires was also a boon for handling. GM's "A" body cars' suspensions were based on the road-hugging Chevrolet Camaro during this production run. The Chevrolet Camaro is a pony car made in North America by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors. ...


1974

The 1974 Grand Prix received a revised split grille with vertical bars that was entirely above the bumper. Out back, the boattail effect was softened somewhat thanks to a new federally mandated 5 mph (8 km/h) bumper added to the similar mandated front bumper introduced in 1973. The license plate and fuel filler were moved above the bumper and taillight lenses were revised. Interior trim remained virtually unchanged from 1973 with standard seating choices including Strato bucket seats with center console or notchback bench seat with armrest and cloth or Morrokide upholstery. The bucket seats were available with optional recliners and adjustable lumbar support. However, the real African Crossfire Mahogany trim was replaced by a simulated material for the instrument panel due to splintering problems on '73 models, but the "real" wood was continued on the console and door panels for another two years. Also, a new cut-pile carpeting replaced the nylon loop rugs of previous years.


Engines were carried over from 1973 including the 400 in³ V8 (standard on the Model J) and 455 in³ V8 (standard on the Model SJ, optional on the Model J). Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, variable-ratio power steering and power brakes were standard equipment on both models. In addition to the 455 V8, the Model SJ also added a Rally Gauge Cluster, "SJ" identification and a radial-tuned suspension similar to Pontiac's Grand Am. Radial tires were also a new option on the Model J this year.


Sales of Grand Prixs for the 1974 model year dropped from 1973's record of around 150,000 units to just under 100,000 units primarily due to new competition in the intermediate personal-luxury car market from a new upsized Mercury Cougar XR-7 coupe. Still 1974 was the third-best selling year to date for the Pontiac Grand Prix. The Mercury Cougar was an automobile sold under the Mercury brand of the Ford Motor Companys Lincoln-Mercury Division. ...


1975

A revised grille with fewer vertical bars and revised taillight lenses marked the 1975 Grand Prix. Mechanical changes this year included the addition of GM's High Energy electronic ignition and a catalytic coverter that mandated the use of unleaded gasoline. Radial tires became standard on all models.


A new luxury LJ model was added the lineup, positioned between the base Model J and the sporty SJ series. The LJ included pinstriping and a luxurious velour interior trim. Speedometers were revised with numerals now topping at 100 mph (200 km/h) rather than the 120 or 140 mph (230 km/h) readings found in previous years and speed readings in kilometers were added.


The addition of the catalytic converter spelled the end of dual exhaust pipes for 1975 and detuning of engines. The 400 in³ V8 (standard on J and LJ models) dropped from 230 to 180 hp (134 kW) while the 455 in³ V8 (standard on SJ, optional on J and LJ) was detuned from 250 to 200 hp (150 kW). New for 1975 was a more economical 170 horsepower (127 kW) 400 cubic-inch V8 with two-barrel carburetor, which was available as a no-cost option on J and LJ models.


1976

A new split vertical bar "waterfall" grille and quad rectangular headlights in front and revised taillight lenses out back highlighted the 1976 Grand Prix. The same three model designations continued (J, LJ and SJ) with the LJ and SJ offering the same trim and equipment levels as in 1975 with the exception being the SJ downgraded to a standard 400 in³ V8.


The base Model J underwent a number of content changes to cut the base price by around $500 to be more competitive with other mid-sized personal luxury cars. Those changes for the "J" included a smaller 160 hp (119 kW) 350 in³ V8 as the base powerplant and some downgrading of interior trim that included a new notchback bench seat made standard equipment and the Strato bucket seats/console moved to the "option" list. Also, custom features such as a cushioned steering wheel and custom pedal trim plates were moved to the option list on Model J, but remained standard on LJ and SJ, both of which also continued to include Strato bucket seats as standard equipment. All models got a new simulated rosewood trim for the dash, door panels and console (with bucket seats) that replaced the African Crossfire Mahogany trim of previous years. Upholstery choices included cloth or Morrokide vinyl bench or bucket seats on the Model J, velour buckets on the LJ or Morrokide buckets on the SJ. Leather interior trim was a new extra-cost option available with the Strato bucket seats and LJ and SJ models. Both the "LJ" and "SJ" models came standard with a 180 hp (134 kW) 400 in³ V8 that was optional on the Model J. The 200 hp (150 kW) 455 in³ V8 was optional on all models. In celebration of Pontiac's 50th anniversary in 1976, a number of special edition Grand Prix painted gold were produced. These models featured removable Hurst T-tops, Rally II wheels and other distinctions but were mechanically similar to the regular models.


Grand Prix production set a new record of over 226,000 units during this Bicentennial year, making the GP only second in sales in its market segment to Chevy's Monte Carlo.


1977

Revised grille work with fewer vertical bars, a stand-up hood ornament and revised taillight lenses with "GP" logos highlighted the 1977 Grand Prix, which was the final year for the 1973-vintage bodyshell which was set to be replaced by a downsized GP for 1978. The same three models (J, LJ and SJ) were carried over with engine revisions. The base Model J got Pontiac's new 135 hp (101 kW) 301 in³ V8 as standard equipment, which was a bit too small and underpowered to propel a 4,000-pound car. Optional engines included a 160 hp (119 kW) 350 in³ V8 or 180 hp (134 kW) 400 in³ V8; those two engines standard on the LJ and SJ models, respectively.


Each of those engines were Pontiac-built units as in previous years, but offered in 49 of the 50 states. Due to the fact that Pontiac's own V8 engines could not meet the more stringent California emission standards set for 1977, all Grand Prixs (and other Pontiac models) sold in California were powered by Oldsmobile-built engines including Lansing's 350 in³ Rocket V8 for J and LJ, and the 403 in³ Rocket V8 standard on the SJ and optional on the other two GPs in California. Due to a shortage of Olds 350 engines resulting from record sales of Cutlasses and reduced production of that engine due to a plant conversion to build a Diesel V8 beginning in 1978, a few '77 Grand Prixs destined for California reportedly came off the line with a Chevrolet-built 350 in³ V8.


Grand Prix sales soared to an all-time high of over 270,000 units for 1977, the last year for this bodystyle, despite competition from a newly-downsized and lower-priced Ford Thunderbird introduced this year and a restyled Mercury Cougar XR-7 whose bodyshell switched to the T-Bird this year from the discontinued Ford Torino/Mercury Montego.


Fourth generation

Fourth generation
Production 1978–1987
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Platform A-body (1978-1981)
G-body (1982-1987)
Engine(s) 231 in³ Buick V6
252 in³ Buick V6
265 in³ Pontiac V8
301 in³ Pontiac V8
305 in³ Chevrolet V8
350 in³ Oldsmobile diesel V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic
Wheelbase 108 in
Related Buick Regal
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Pontiac Bonneville
Pontiac LeMans
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet El Camino
Oldsmobile Cutlass

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1978

1978 brought a downsizing of the Grand Prix and the other A-bodies. This version of the A-body also received some sheetmetal revisions in 1981. The 1978 GP was about a foot shorter and 600 pounds lighter than the 1977 model with an overall length of 200 inches (5,100 mm) and a 108-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of GM platforms. ...


For the first time in Grand Prix history, a V8 engine was not standard equipment. In order to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandates set after 1973-74 energy crisis, a Buick-built 231 in³ V6 was standard equipment on the base model (formerly the Model J) and two versions of the Pontiac 301 in³ V8 (Chevy 305 V8 in California) were optional. The luxury LJ model came standard with the 135 hp (101 kW) 301 V8 with two-barrel carburetor while the sporty SJ was powered by a 150 hp (112 kW) 301 V8 with four-barrel carburetor. A floor-mounted three-speed manual transmission was standard equipment with the V6 on the base model and the three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic was optional. Turbo Hydra-Matic was standard on LJ and SJ models and base models with either of the optional V8 engines. Standard seating choices by model included a notchback bench seat with cloth or Morrokide vinyl in the base GP, a pillowed velour cloth notchback bench seat in the LJ or Strato bucket seats in cloth or Morrokide in the SJ. The Strato buckets were optional on the base GP and a 60/40 split bench was optional on both base and LJ models. Viscount leather upholstery was available with bucket seats on SJ models.


1979

A new crosshatch grille and revised taillight lenses were the only appearance changes made to the 1979 Grand Prix. The same models, base, LJ and SJ continued as before as did the basic engine lineup including the 231 cubic-inch Buick V6 standard on base and LJ models, the 135 horsepower (101 kW) 301 cubic-inch Pontiac V8 with two-barrel carburetor that was optional on both of those models, and the 150 horsepower (112 kW) 301 V8 with four-barrel carburetion that was standard on the SJ and optional on the other models. Transmissions remained the same as before with the three-speed manual standard with the V6 engine on the base model and automatic transmission optional. The automatic transmission was standard on LJ and SJ models and all models when a V8 engine was ordered. Again, the Pontiac V8s were not available in California, where they were replaced by Chevy 305s rated at 140 and 160 hp (119 kW). A new and one-year-only option this year was a four-speed manual transmission available with the 301 four-barrel or two barrel V8 on all models. Only 232 4 speed/301 V8 cars were built.


1980

The 1980 Grand Prix returned to a vertical bar grille and featured new taillight lenses with "GP" logos. Automatic transmission was standard equipment on all models and the two-barrel 301 Pontiac V8 was replaced by a new 265 cubic-inch V8 rated at 125 hp (93 kW). The Buick 231 V6 and the four-barrel version of the Pontiac 301 V8 were carried over from the previous year as was the Chevy 305 V8 offered in California.


1981

A minor reskinning of the sheetmetal for improved aerdynamics marked the 1981 Grand Prix along with a new grille design and revised tail section. The sporty SJ model was dropped and a new ultra-luxurious Brougham series was now the flagship of the Grand Prix line featuring a plush cloth interior similar to the full-sized Bonneville Brougham and standard power windows and other amenities. The base and LJ models continued as before. All models now came standard with the Buick 231 V6 with the 265 cubic-inch Pontiac V8 available as an extra cost option (Chevy 305 V8 in California). The 301 V8 was discontinued and a new option this year was the Oldsmobile-built 350 cubic-inch Diesel V8, which was not often ordered due to high cost of around $700 and poor reliability. The year 1981 was also the last for Pontiac Motor Division to offer its own V8 engine due to an emerging GM corporate engine policy that determined Pontiac would build only four-cylinder engines and Buick only V6 engines, leaving Chevrolet and Oldsmobile to build V8 engines for most GM cars and trucks, while Cadillac would produce its own aluminum-block V8 that debuted in 1982. From 1982-on, all V8-equipped Pontiacs were equipped with Chevy or Olds engines.


1982

The 1982 Grand Prix was a virtual re-run of the 1981 model with no appearance changes to note. No gasoline-powered V8 engines were offered this year, leaving only the standard 231 cubic-inch Buick V6, a larger Buick 252 cubic-inch V6 and the Olds 350 Diesel V8. The A-body line became front-wheel-drive, leaving the rear-wheel-drive midsize platform as the G-body. The downsized four-door Bonneville was now related to the Grand Prix. The General Motors G platform (also called G-body) was used for GM mid-size cars such as Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ...


1983

No appearance changes for the 1983 GP. Only significant change to note was the 252 V6 was discontinued and the gas-powered V8 returned after a one-year absence in the form of a 150 horsepower (112 kW) Chevy 305. 1983 also marked the end of the LJ series, as the LE model would be added in 1984.


1984

New grille inserts and minor revisions to the tail section marked the 1984 Grand Prix. The base and Brougham models continued as before but the LJ was replaced by a new LE model. Same engines continued as before including the Buick 3.8 liter (231 cu.-in.) V6, Chevy 5.0 liter (305 cu.-in.) V8 and Olds 5.7 liter (350 cu.-in.) Diesel V8. A new option this year was the Turbo Hydra-Matic 200-4R four-speed overdrive automatic available with the 305 V8 for improved highway gas mileage. Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile that is now part of the General Motors group. ... Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ...


1986

In 1986 a 2+2 model was offered for homologation of an Aerocoupe body for NASCAR competition. 2+2 specific pieces are an aero nose, bubble rear glass and a fiberglass trunklid with integral spoiler. All 2+2 were optioned similarly with a corporate 305 four barrel, 200-4R 4 speed automatic transmission and 3.08:1 rear axle ratio. All were silver with 2+2 decals and striping, with 15X7 steel rally II wheels. Approximately 1225 1986 Grand Prix 2+2's were built in 1986. Homologation is a technical term, derived from the Greek homologos (ομόλογος) for agree, which is generally used in English to signify the granting of approval by an official authority. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...


Fifth generation

Fifth generation
Also called Pontiac Grand Prix GT
Production 1988–1996
Assembly Kansas City, Kansas
Predecessor Pontiac Tempest
Pontiac 6000
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform W-body
Engine(s) 2.8 L V6
3.1 L V6
3.4 L Twin Dual Cam V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 107.5 in
Length 1988-89: 193.9 in
1990-91: 194.5 in
1992-93 Sedan: 194.9 in
1992-96 Coupe: 194.8 in
1994-96 Sedan: 195.7 in
Width 71.9 in
1994-96 Coupe: 72.1 in
Height 1988-89: 52.8 in
1990-93 Sedan: 54.8 in
1990-91 Coupe: 53.3 in
1992-93 Coupe: 52.8 in
1994-96 Sedan: 56.3 in
1994-96 Coupe: 54.6 in
Related Buick Regal
Chevrolet Lumina
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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1988

This special 1988 Grand Prix was an experimental turbocharged model that, though it never went into production, still raced at Pike's Peak

The first front-wheel drive W-body Grand Prix coupe was built on January 12, 1988. This generation Grand Prix was built in Kansas City, Kansas. Three model designations were available: base, LE, and SE. The Grand Prix LE had standard air conditioning, power windows, and power locks. SE models got the 2.8 L V6 engine along with other amenities, such as "AQ9" 14-way pneumatic power seats, a driver information computer in the center console, and a sport gauge cluster. The Grand Prix was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1988. An unusual feature replaced the keyed lock on the glove compartment with a three digit combination lock. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1852x1129, 728 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pontiac Grand Prix Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1852x1129, 728 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pontiac Grand Prix Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Turbocharger Cut-away A turbocharger is a device used in internal-combustion engines to increase the power output of the engine by increasing the mass of oxygen and fuel entering the engine. ... Pikes Peak (formerly Pikes Peak, see below) is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Wyandotte, County in the state of Kansas. ... Motor Trend is one of the oldest automotive magazines still publishing. ... Car of the Year is a phrase usually considered to have been invented by Motor Trend magazine in the 1950s for their annual award for best automobile. ...


1989

In 1989, air conditioning became standard on all models, and a 3.1 L multi-port fuel injected V6 replaced the 2.8 L engine. Another model designation to appear in 1989 was the Turbo Grand Prix. This version started as an SE minus three available options: leather seats, a sunroof, and in 1990, a CD player. These were shipped to McLaren/ASC to get a "B4M" body kit with special molding and hood louvers, and a modified 3.1 L V6 with a Garrett T-25 turbocharger and intercooler. The Turbo also included a full-analog instrument cluster that would soon become the base of the 1990–1993 sport cluster. // Multi Port Fuel injection is a means of metering fuel into an internal combustion engine. ... A compact disc player or CD player is an electronic device to play audio from compact discs. ... McLaren logo from the sill plate of a McLaren F1 McLaren Cars (since renamed McLaren Automotive) is an automaker founded in 1990 with the object of producing road cars based on Formula One technology. ... American Specialty Cars (commonly known as ASC) is an automobile design, engineering, and conversion company headquartered in Southgate, Michigan. ... Garrett Engine Boosting Systems is a subsidiary of Honeywell Corporation. ... Air foil bearing-supported turbocharger cutaway made by Mohawk Innovative Technology Inc. ... An intercooler, or charge air cooler, is an air-to-air or air-to-liquid heat exchange device used on turbocharged and supercharged internal combustion engines to improve their volumetric efficiency by increasing intake air charge density through isochoric cooling. ...


1990

Pre facelift Pontiac Grand Prix coupe

In 1990, the base model was dropped in favor of a sedan version (replacing the 6000 and the Canada-only Tempest), entering production on September 12, 1989. The new Grand Prix STE (Special Touring Edition) had special seats, audio systems, and Driver Information Centers. The seats were 8-way pneumatic with adjustable lumbar supports. The audio systems were 8-speaker with full graphic equalizer and a "gain" slider to control bass. The Driver Information Centers were quite a step up from the more basic ones available in the SE and Turbo. In addition to the basic information that the SE LCD counterparts displayed, the STE vacuum fluorescent display DICs had a full light and door monitor with icons for all the major vehicle systems. The STE also had a front and rear lightbar in addition to a trunk-panel. A turbocharged STE was also available for this year. A 2.3-liter 4-cylinder Quad 4 was also available in this model year although not a popular option. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... The Pontiac 6000 was a conservatively styled mid-size car introduced by Pontiac in 1981 for the 1982 model year, slotting between the Bonneville and the Phoenix. ... The Pontiac Tempest was an entry-level compact automobile produced by the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors, introduced in September 1960 for the 1961 model year. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A full view of a typical vacuum fluorescent display used in a videocassette recorder A close-up of the VFD highlighting the multiple filaments, tensioned by the sheet metal springs at the right of the image A vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) is a type of display used commonly on consumer...


1991

In 1991, the turbo models were dropped in favor of a new GTP model. This included the new 3.4 L Twin Dual Cam engine along with all available options and a modified version of the B4M body package. The composite headlights were replaced with mini-quads and the package was renamed B4U. An optional but rare 5 speed manual (GETRAG 284) was included and only available with the 3.4 Litre. An SE sedan also became available that year. Like the 1990 model year a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder Quad 4 was also available in this model year although not a popular option. The General Motors 60° V6 family of engines began with the 1980 Chevrolet 2. ...


1994

Grand Prix sedan

Grand Prix gets redesigned front/rear fascias and ground effects, as well as a new instrument panel with dual airbags, new gauges, and controls. STE, LE, and GT designations are gone. GT and GTP become option packages on SE coupe. A GT package is available on SE sedan, and includes 3.4 L V6, alloys, low-profile tires, ABS, and sport suspension. Front seatbelts are anchored to pillars instead of doors on sedan; coupe retains door-mounted belts. Twin-cam 3.4 L V6 is up 10 hp (7 kW). Five-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmissions are dropped in favor of four-speed automatic. Coupes gain standard equipment, including 16-inch (410 mm) alloys, cruise, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with integral radio controls. A redesigned 160 hp (119 kW) 3100SFI V6, Gen III, replaces old 3.1 L V6.


1995

Brake/transmission shift interlock is added. This year model would feature the GM 3100 in the GT. GT coupe dropped in favor of GTP Package. GT sedan continues. Variable-effort steering is added to GTP and GT. New aluminum wheels debut on GT and GTP. Coupes can be equipped with a White Appearance Package, which includes color-keyed alloys and special pinstriping. Floor consoles are redesigned on models with bucket seats.


1996

3.4 L DOHC V6 gains 5 hp (4 kW) with intake and exhaust improvements. All Grand Prix coupes get a sport package with five-spoke alloy wheels and dual exhaust. This is the last year for the fifth-generation Grand Prix.


Sixth generation

Sixth generation
Production 1997–2003
Assembly Kansas City, Kansas
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform W-body
Engine(s) 3.1L 160-175 hp V6

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3.8L 240 hp (179 kW) L67 SC V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 110.5 in
Length 196.5 in
2001-02 Coupe: 197.5 in
Width 72.7 in
2001-02 Coupe: 72.7 in
Height 54.7 in
Related Buick Century
Buick Regal
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Oldsmobile Intrigue
Pontiac Grand Prix SE sedan

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1997

In 1997, the W-bodies received a major redesign. The first 1997 Grand Prix was built on August 12, 1996. Promoted widely for its "wide track" appearance and racy styling, the second generation W-body Grand Prix sold well. There were 2 trim levels available in 1997; the SE and GT (available in coupe and sedan body styles). The Grand Prix came as a base SE sedan or a sportier GT coupe and sedan, as well as with a high-performance GTP package--available for GT models in either body style. Coupes and sedans shared similar styling, except for rear doors and quarter panels. The GTP was an option package under the GT trim level, and later became its own trim level. The base engine on the SE was the 3.1 liter V6. The GT had a 3.8 liter V6 (3800 Series II) which was an option on the SE. The 3800 Series II was on the Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 1995 through 1997. The GTP added a Eaton M90 supercharger (also used in the 2000-2005 Bonnevilles) to the 3.8 liter, boosting power from 195 hp (145 kW) to 240 hp (179 kW). GTP trim level featured a "performance shift" button on the shifter, that raised the transmission shift points. Also standard was a tire-pressure monitor. The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A supercharger (also known as a blower) is an air compressor used to force more air (and hence more oxygen) into the combustion chamber(s) of an internal combustion engine than can be achieved at ambient atmospheric pressure (natural aspiration). ...


1998

Few Changes occurred this year, except that traction control now was available with the supercharged engine. Airbags were "depowered" to deploy with reduced force. The tire-pressure monitor was dropped. To add some excitement, Pontiac also launched a speical pace car model. This model celebrated the 40th running of the Daytona 500 on February 15, 1998. The pace-car replicas, had special Medium Gulf Blue Metallic paint, unique "Sparkle Silver" 16-inch torque star aluminum wheels, custom decaling, a plaque notating the specific model number, and custom door panels. 1500 were produced, with 200 of the 1500 getting sunroofs.


1999

Detail changes marked the '99 editions of Pontiac's midsize coupe and sedan. The nonsupercharged V6 engine gained five horsepower. GT models got a standard rear spoiler this year. The coolant overflow reservoir was relocated from being in front of the intake box to being mounted to the passenger strut tower. Available 16-inch alloy wheels came in a new 5-spoke design. The one new option was a Bose 8-speaker audio system.


2000

Wheels were revised and the nose restyled on Pontiac's midsize coupe and sedan. The standard 3.1-liter V6, installed in SE models, gained 15 horsepower (now 175). New standard equipment included rear child-seat anchors and an antitheft system that disabled the starter unless the proper ignition key was used. Pontiac also launched a Daytona 500 pace-car replica, with silver paint, unique 16-inch aluminum wheels, functional hood vents, a decklid spoiler, bright exhaust tips, and Daytona decals. Only 2000 were planned. By now, the list of Grand Prix competitors included the Toyota Solara coupe and Chevrolet Impala sedan.


2001

OnStar, formerly available on all Grand Prixs, was made standard on GTP, optional only on GT for 2001. SE got revised frontal styling, standard rear spoiler, and in-trunk emergency release; dual-zone manual climate-control was standard on GTP.


2002

New for 2002 was a 40th Anniversary Package which included a rear spoiler, hood ducts, chrome wheels, Dark Cherry paint, and unique red-and-gray interior trim. The SE gained standard cruise control and dual-zone climate control, and GTs got a standard power driver's seat and CD player. This was the last year of the sporty two door coupe.


2003

Pontiac dropped the 2-dr coupe version of its midsize car for 2003 and makes antilock brakes and traction control optional instead of standard on most of the remaining sedans. Grand Prix was redesigned for 2004.


Seventh Generation

2004

Seventh generation
Production 2004–2008
Assembly Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform W-body
Engine(s) 3.8L 210 hp (157 kW) 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) torque V6

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5.3L 303 hp (226 kW) 323 lb·ft (438 N·m) torque V8
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 110.5 in
Length 198.3 in
GTP: 198.2 in
Width 71.6 in
Height 55.9 in
Related Buick Century
Buick LaCrosse
Buick Regal
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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The base model GT1 and fancier GT2 have the Series III 3800 V6 while both GTPs have the supercharged (Eaton Gen 5 Supercharger) 3800 Series III V6 engine.


A Competition Group (Comp-G) package was available for the GTP that included red painted brake calipers (same brakes as the 'standard' GTP), sport tuned suspension, heads-up display, 4 speed automatic transmission with paddle-style TAPshift, StabiliTrak dynamic control system, 3.29 axle ratio, performance tires and Magnasteer II. Also, a 10 spoke light weight wheel was standard with the Comp-G package but could be 'upgraded' to the GTP optional wheel.


Commencing with this generation, the 2 door coupe version of the Grand Prix was no longer an available body style. The timing of the disappearance of the Grand Prix coupe coincided with GM's reintroduction of the 2 door Pontiac GTO. 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2004 to 2006. ...


2005

Pontiac Grand Prix GXP

The Grand Prix remains basically unchanged from 2004. With the Base sedan, GT, GTP, and the new GXP. The base model and GT still have the naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 with the GTP having the 3.8L V6 w/ supercharger. Also, the Comp-G package was still available for the GTP with an added door emblem denoting the Comp-G package. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixelsFull resolution (2300 × 1516 pixel, file size: 264 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixelsFull resolution (2300 × 1516 pixel, file size: 264 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


The GXP powerplant is the LS4 V8, a 5.3 liter Displacement on Demand (Active Fuel Management) engine based off of the legendary LS1 block. It has a shortened crankshaft, and a host of other modifications to make it fit into a FWD vehicle. The GXP also has a 4 speed automatic transmission with paddle-style TAPshift, heads-up display, vented cross drilled brakes with PBR calipers, performance tuned suspension with Bilstein gas-charged struts (sits about 9 mm lower than other GP models), Magnasteer II, and StabiliTrak dynamic control system. Cosmetically, the GXP differs from the other models with more aggressive bodywork including a different front clip, engine cooling ducts on the front quarter panels, a different rear bumper, and twin-dual polished exhaust. The Grand Prix GXP also offers a unique feature of the different-width 18-inch (460 mm) polished Alcoa Forged aluminum wheels. The front wheels are eight inches (203 mm) wide, while and the rear wheels are seven inches (178 mm) wide. The LS is Generation III and Generation IV, the latest evolution of General Motors line of small-block V8 engines. ... Active Fuel Management (formerly known as Displacement on Demand) is a trademarked name for the automobile variable displacement technology from General Motors. ...


2006

For 2006, little has changed for the Grand Prix. The three options are the Grand Prix, powered by the 3800 Series III V6, the GT, now powered by the 3800 Series III Supercharged V6, and the GXP, powered by the LS4 V8. The GTP designation (and with it the Comp-G) is dropped.


2007

For the 2007 Model Year, A "Special Edition" body package was added, and the GT models get a new "Diffuser" style rear bumper. The model designations remain Base, GT,and GXP.


2008

The Pontiac Grand Prix remains unchanged for 2008. Pontiac will be dropping the GT model and will just offer a base and GXP trims. A few new colors were also added for the 2008 model year. Grand Prix production will phase out as the new RWD G8 arrives as its replacement.


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The Pontiac Grand Am was originally a mid-size car and later a compact car that was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The Pontiac 6000 was a conservatively styled mid-size car introduced by Pontiac in 1981 for the 1982 model year, slotting between the Bonneville and the Phoenix. ... 2001 BMW 750iL The Ford Falcon, a popular Australian full-size car A full-size car is a marketing term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac Parisienne was a full-size rear-wheel-drive vehicle that was introuduced on General Motors B-body in 1977. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac G8 is a rear-wheel drive sedan produced by General Motors to be released for the 2008 model year under the Pontiac name. ... 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2-door hardtop The Pontiac Catalina was part of Pontiacs full-sized automobile line. ... 1955 Pontiac Safari station wagon Safari was a name first applied to Pontiacs version of the 2-door Nomad station wagon. ... A crossover SUV (also called CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle) or XUV (not to be confused with GMCs Envoy XUV) is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction. ... The Pontiac Aztek was a mid-size crossover SUV produced by the General Motors marque Pontiac from the 2001 model year to the 2005 model year. ... The Pontiac Torrent is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold by the Pontiac division of General Motors, and replaced the U-body Aztek as the companys crossover SUV for 2006. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ... The Pontiac Trans Sport and its siblings, the Chevrolet Lumina APV and Oldsmobile Silhouette, were a trio of minivans that débuted with radical styling in fall 1989 as 1990 models. ... The Pontiac Trans Sport and its siblings, the Chevrolet Lumina APV and Oldsmobile Silhouette, were a trio of minivans that débuted with radical styling in fall 1989 as 1990 models. ... The Montana is a minivan from the Pontiac division of General Motors that replaced the Pontiac Trans Sport moniker for the 1999 model year. ... The Montana is a minivan from the Pontiac division of General Motors that replaced the Pontiac Trans Sport moniker for the 1999 model year. ... The Pontiac Firebird was a pony car built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. ... The Pontiac Firebird was a pony car built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. ... The Pontiac Firebird was a pony car built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. ... 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2004 to 2006. ... Old Pontiac Fiero Base model Fiero gauge cluster The Pontiac Fiero is a mid-engined sports car that was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1984 to 1988. ... 1950 Jaguar XK120 roadster This article is about the car body style. ... The Pontiac Solstice GXP was introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. ...

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Pontiac Grand Prix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3564 words)
Grand Prix sales soared to an all-time high of over 270,000 units for 1977, the last year for this bodystyle, despite competition from a newly-downsized and lower-priced Ford Thunderbird introduced this year and a restyled Mercury Cougar XR-7 whose bodyshell switched to the T-Bird this year from the discontinued Ford Torino/Mercury Montego.
The Grand Prix remained as a coupe, with its sedan version being the short-lived midsize Bonneville.
The last Grand Prix coupe rolled off the assembly line on July 19, 2002, and the coupe was replaced by the Pontiac GTO for 2004.
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