1967 Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac's first 1962 Grand Prix was general manager John De Lorean's answer to the 1963 Buick Riviera. Design Vice President Bill Mitchell had created the Euro-elegant Riviera coupe without a brand, then offered it to GM's car divisions. De Lorean wanted it, but Buick got it. So he had a Catalina coupe sported up with bucket seats, console, special grille and tail lamps, lowered suspension, available high-performance engines and distinctive finned wheels. He badged it Grand Prix and launched it a year ahead of the Riviera.
It got a new look for 1963 and minor changes for 1964 before the full-size Pontiacs got a new structure, interior and exterior and revised powertrains for 1965. That year also brought Pontiac a 'Motor Trend' 'Car of the Year' honor based on tests of a Grand Prix, a GTO and other models. Following minor changes for 1966, full-size Pontiacs got new wasp-waisted styling and (for the first and last model year) a Grand Prix Convertible for '67. The 389 V8 was replaced by a 400 CID V8 and the 421 by a new 428 V8. Also new was an energy-absorbing collapsible steering column, dual master-cylinder braking, optional front disc brakes and Rally II wheels.
This fully optioned example is one of just 5,856 1967 Grand Prix Convertibles built in the only year they were offered.
The Pontiac Grand Prix, for 1967, was powered by a 400 cubic-inch, overhead valve V8 engine offering 350 horsepower. Most of the Grand Prix models were given Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. Bodystyles included a two-door hardtop coupe and a convertible. This was the only year that a convertible Grand Prix was ever offered. 37,125 examples of the hardtop coupe were produced, plus an additional 5,856 Convertibles. Pricing began at $3,550 for the hardtop and $3,800 for the convertible.
The Grand Prix Series had GP letters on the left-hand grille, Grand Prix rear fender lettering, and hide-away headlights. They had front parking lamps hidden behind slits in the fender and horizontal twin-slot taillamps. Inside, there were Strato Bucket seats and a console.
The Grand Prix rested on a 215.6 inch wheelbase and rode on 8.55 x 14 inch wheels.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Total sales for all Pontiacs for 1967 reached 857,171 units.
Sold for $22,000 at 2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Smithsonian houses a 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible in the same color as this example. Pontiac produced just 5,856 Grand Prix Convertibles in 1967, and this example is fitted with the rear 8-lug wheels, HI Performance 400V8 with 4 barrel carburetor, automatic gearbox, power disc brakes, tilt wheel, air conditioning and Strato bucket seats. This is a black plate southern California original car.
In 2012, it was brought to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was sold for the sum of $22,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Sold for $48,000 at 2015 Mecum : Monterey.
When vice president Bill Mitchell opened his Euro-themed personal car concept for bids from GM's division in the early 1960s, John DeLorean leapt at the idea. The Buick Division, however, snapped it up for its new Riviera. Mr. DeLorean, Pontiac's chief of Advanced Engineering, stole Buick's thunder by beating it to the market in 1962 with his own personal car, the Catalina-based Grand Prix. By 1966, the Grand Prix had been restyled twice and was firmly positioned as a full-sized muscle car outfitted with luxury. For 1967, it gained a convertible bodystyle which saw 5,856 units produced.
This particular convertible is an unrestored example which had a base price of $5,357. The original owner kept the car until his passing in 1977, when it was willed to his next of kin. An individual from Knoxville, Tennessee purchased it in 1981 and subsequently drove it fewer than 2,000 miles in the ensuing 30 years.
This car has a red bucket-seat interior, black convertible top, and original Gold paint. It is loaded with a total of 30 options, including the 428 CID V8 engine, M40 400 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, and a rare set of 8-lug wheels backed by aluminum brake drums and wrapped in new F70-14 Redline wide oval tires. The car is thoroughly appointed with transistorized ignition, 'Wonder Touch' power steering and brakes, cruise control, 'Safeguard' speedometer, AM/8-track radio with power antenna, remote deck lid release, tilt steering wheel—complete with a horn button announcing the new-for-1967 energy-absorbing steering column—tinted glass, power locks and windows, and power seat.By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
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One of the signature most popular personal vehicles of the 1960s, the Pontiac Grand Prix was also the first in a long line of posh Pontiacs this still continue today. During the 60s, luxury stood for performance, and the Grand Prix had tons of it. Released in 1962, the Pontiac Grand Prix has become a legendary vehicle that set the styling trend for the entire industry, and has continued to be popularly....Continue Reading >>