Few cars carry a name that is as well known as the Pontiac Grand Prix. Since its introduction in 1962, it has been used repeatedly by Pontiac, on some great cars, and on others that simply wore the badge without having the muscle or proper luxury. Developed on the frame of the full-size Pontiac Catalina, the Grand Prix was billed as Pontiac‘s entry into the burgeoning personal luxury car market. It did away with much of the chrome and gimmickry of its forebears, and offered a clean, sporty interior with bucket seats, an elongated, wide body and noblesse oblige, plenty of options to make your Grand Prix as luxurious as you could possibly want.
Until 1967, the Grand Prix came with a choice of two engines, the largest of which was a 6.9-liter V8. In 1968, a new 7-liter V8 was offered, with a power output of 340 horsepower. It was enough to push the Grand Prix to a top speed of 130 miles per hour, with a 0-60 acceleration in the 7 seconds.
Unfortunately, 1968 was also the year that the convertible model, which was extremely popular, was cancelled. Only a two-door coupe was offered. While the Pontiac Grand Prix‘ look changed over the years, it remained remarkably consistent, and was not prone to the wide design shifts that characterized the American auto industry at the time.