The full-size Catalina-based Grand Prix sold well through the 1960s. Inside, a new instrument panel hosted dual airbags, much larger and easier to use controls, and seatbelts were moved to the B-pillars rather than the doors on sedans only; coupes retained the automatic seatbelt design. This system, first introduced by in 1964, was available in addition to the regular Circ-L-Aire Conditioning. Expansion joints and driveway lips are reported as a single bass thud without any additional body resonance. The bucket seats were available with optional recliners and adjustable lumbar support. The 1970 Ford Thunderbird styling change was reportedly ordered by Ford Motor Co.
A new and one-year-only option this year was a four-speed manual transmission available with the 301 cu in 4. The basic 1969 body shell saw a major facelift in 1971 bracketed by minor detail revisions in the 1970 and 1972 model years. Commencing with this generation, the 2-door coupe version of the Grand Prix was no longer an available body style. First introduced as part of Pontiac's model offering for the 1962 model year, the marque varied repeatedly in size, luxury, and performance during its lifespan. But whatever the metaphor describing America's newest wide-tracking sports coupe and sedan, the Grand Prix hard news is more power, improved body structure, fresh aggressive styling, crisper steering response, new front and rear suspension, and bigger brakes.
On the highway, the Grand Prix does its job well and looks good doing it. The full analog gauges would become the 1990-93 sport cluster, and the basis for the new instrument cluster to replace the digital cluster for 1990. Each of those engines were Pontiac-built units as in previous years, but offered in 49 of the 50 states. Available 16 in 41 cm alloy wheels came in a new 5-spoke design. This is the perfect powertrain for long-distance commuters whose automotive priority is fuel efficiency with vibration-free, adequate power. This was the last year of the two-door coupe.
This was a coupe, so in the back was a bench that was wide enough for three passengers with a flat floor. Revised upholstery trims highlighted the interior, still featuring expanded Morrokide vinyl bucket seats and console as standard equipment. A four-barrel 455 cu in 7. The seats are redesigned with wider, longer tracks and recontoured cushions and backrests. This generation was larger and heavier, due partly to the federally mandated 5 mph 8. I'd like to add that the road was dry, the sun was shining and there was no ice nearby.
The base 400 cu in 6. Production numbers increased substantially after two years of decline, reaching 91,961 units and only second place to the 1969 model. Don't You Wish Everybody Did? This would be the final year for the B-bodied, full-sized Grand Prix. But these units are all 10. Added to the right of the cluster is the Driver Information Center. The downsized four-door was now related to the Grand Prix.
Few changes occurred this year, except that traction control now was available with the supercharged engine. However, in order to operate properly, I believe a lot of electrical retrofitting would be necessary. Inside the spacious cockpit, designers kept what was good and trashed the rest. Also new for 1967 was an energy-absorbing collapsible steering column. These option packages included the revised 3. The radial donuts, provided by the division's usual tire suppliers, included Firestone 500s and B.
However, at mid-year, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic became standard equipment and the manual shifters were dropped. That's market-speak for a coupe and sedan styled and engineered with a sharp focus on people who enjoy road-going firepower. On all roads the ride was firm, but not choppy. American Cars, 1960—1972: Every Model, Year by Year. Like the more powerful blown version, the naturally aspirated 3800 will spin the tires at launch, leaving slightly shorter black stripes on the tarmac.
Over 230 fires were reported. For better ride and crisper handling,…. A nice touch was a soft plastic piece under the ignition slot that kept extra keys from jangling against the steering column. This version of the A-body also received some sheetmetal revisions for 1981. The strike also delayed the production of the third generation Grand Prix by one year in 1973. A police interceptor model was offered.
The convertible was discontinued, leaving only the hardtop coupe for '68. 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. The recall began on February 19, 2016. Pontiac stylists wanted to recapture the ground-hugging stretch and width for which the brand was once famous. New power ratings were put into effect, requiring manufacturers to post net horsepower with all accessories installed vs. You also want to keep close tabs on your speed, because that engine can also get you into the nether regions of the 115-mph speedometer quickly. I rounded a corner of one aisle and saw someone pulling out about 100 yards away.
Besides the obvious wide track, low roofline, and steeply raked 63-degree windshield, the Grand Prix's most arresting design element is the flattened ellipse described by the car's greenhouse and door-window frames. You don't have to take your eyes off the road to see how fast you're going, or to see that you've left the turn signal on for the last 10 miles. One notable exception was the available optional Heads Up Display only shared with the Cutlass Supreme. A five-speed manual or four-speed automatic were the transmissions offered. Two engine sizes were offered with two power options were available in each engine size; a 265 hp 198 kW or 350 hp 260 kW 400 cu in 6. Both the MacPherson strut front and coil-over Tri-link rear suspensions underwent major revisions, mostly for ride improvements.