Car of the Week: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Cars!' started by dodgechargerfan, Jan 11, 2018.

    Jan 11, 2018
  1. dodgechargerfan Kick Henry Jackassowski

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    Sometimes, Father really does know best.

    Michael Ford wasn’t took thrilled when his dad shot down all his hopes of buying a Corvette. Ford was only 19 at the time, and his old man wasn’t having his teenager tearing around Philly in a ‘Vette.

    “Here I was, 17, 18 years old and I’m looking around for a Corvette in Philadelphia,” laughs Ford. “It was a very inner city type environment, and I guess to have a teenage kid with a Corvette is not exactly the smartest thing. My father didn’t let me have one, for obvious reasons, but I wasn’t happy about it.”

    Ford has more appreciation for his dad’s good judgment today because he still owns and loves the car that he bought instead of a Corvette — a beautiful 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix. It is about as near-perfect an example of its breed as you’ll find anywhere, it’s got a timeless and cool combination of style and sophistication, and Ford is just as smitten with the Nautilus Blue beauty today as he was the day he first spotted it.

    “My friend had a ‘72 Grand Prix which was a really nice car. I still had my heart set on the Corvette, but I was loosing those arguments. My father wasn’t having anything of it,” recalls. “One day we came across a car lot in South Philadelphia and I saw it across the lot. What caught my attention was really the color of the car. It had that blue that really caught your eye; white top, whitewall tires, rally wheels … It really stood out from the crowd.

    “They had taken it in as a trade-is. My father was actually looking at a Monte Carlo. He liked the Monte Carlo and he wanted something bigger for me with more metal [laughs]. The Grand Prix was a similar size as the Monte Carlo and it clearly passed his muster. Between the two cars, as far as I’m concerned, the Grand Prix had it all over the Monte Carlo from every angle. Not to knock the Monte Carlo, it was a very nice car, but everything about [the Grand Prix] was a step up over the Monte Carlo in my eyes. It was everything you’d want for a first car.”

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  2. Jan 11, 2018
  3. VoidTerraFirma Vigorous Throb

    Things really went south for GM between 59 and 77.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2018
  5. IamSeaDevil WTF? FTW!

    I couldn’t disagree more
     
  6. Jan 12, 2018 at 5:40 AM
  7. Lerxst spaghetti and blankets

  8. Jan 12, 2018 at 6:00 AM
  9. LeftyTom Prairie Chicken Bar & Resort, Ft Thompson SD

  10. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:21 AM
  11. VoidTerraFirma Vigorous Throb

    1959 Caddy Deville. About $100K or so.
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    77 Caddy Deville. About 6 grand, maybe.

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    But, tastes are subjective and that’s cool.
     
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  12. Jan 12, 2018 at 8:23 AM
  13. mongooz americans are assholes

    i love the color.
    it's a nice enough cruiser.
     
  14. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:56 PM
  15. IamSeaDevil WTF? FTW!

    1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 454 SS $80,000
    To $200,000


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    1980 Chevrolet Citation $200 if you can find one still on the road

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    1964 Pontiac GTO $40,000 to $75,000

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    2004 Pontiac GTO $6500 to $12000

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    Not GM but
    1970 Dodge Charger Daytona $200,00 +

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    2004 Dodge Charger Daytona $8000 to $15000

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    Tastes do vary
     
  16. Jan 13, 2018 at 2:32 PM
  17. Jbird Kick Henry Jackassowski

    I would take one of those 2004-2006 GTOs. Decent car, with very good performance.

    Performance[edit]
    • Top Speed - 160 mph (with speed limiter)
    • Top Speed - 188 mph (without speed limiter)
    • 0-60 mph - 4.6 seconds
    • 0-100 mph - 8.6 seconds
    • Quarter Mile Drive - 13.3 seconds
     
  18. Jan 15, 2018 at 7:21 PM
  19. VoidTerraFirma Vigorous Throb

    Really heavy and impossible to see out of. Shoddy build quality too. Theres a reason theyre unloved despite the fact that they are quite fast. The Challenger is a similar car but vastly superior in pretty much every way.
     
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  20. Jan 15, 2018 at 10:18 PM
  21. IamSeaDevil WTF? FTW!

    I have seen a ton of them in lots behind all the hot rod shops with the engines missing and put into something way cooler
     

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