Pontiac’s Grand Ville was a short-lived nameplate among the company’s long history of top-trim full-size models between the 1950s and 1980s, lasting for only five model years from 1971 through 1975. Launched in 1971, it replaced the Bonneville as the top dog for the first time since 1958.
In addition to more luxurious interior trimmings, the Grand Ville had distinctive chrome up front and taillight trim at rear to set it apart. For 1974 only, the Grand Ville had its own parking lights, which wrapped around the corner of the front fender. The car was often seen with deluxe appearance options, such as sport wheels and vinyl tops. Rear fender skirts were featured on the 1973 to 1975 models.
Sitting at the top of the Pontiac line-up, Grand Villes came standard with the brands 455 cu. in V8 topped with a four barrel carburetor and backed by a Turbohydramatic 400 automatic transmission.
The Grand Ville enjoyed moderate success from 1971 to 1973 until the Arab Oil Embargo that year cut into full-sized car sales in 1974 as Americans moved away from big gas guzzlers in favor of smaller more fuel-efficient cars.
The Honduras Maroon over Burgundy Vinyl interior with White Convertible top belies its 103K mile life with a fresh convertible top and a three year old repaint using the modern base coat/clear coat process. This example appears to be well optioned with power windows, door locks, and air conditioning. The seller states the dash panel and door cards have been replaced and the brakes and exhaust have been overhauled.
We love these early 70s Grand Villes as they combine the luxury elements of a full size GM convertible with the sporty Pontiac touches of the time such as the Rally II Wheels and the 455 cu in engine “Poncho” engine. With a good detailing both in and out, this example will make a wonderful summer cruiser for you and five of your friends. You can find this cool rag top in Cream Ridge, New Jersey on Craigslist by clicking here for the asking price of $12,000 or best offer. Based on Hagerty’s value of $9,700 for a #3 Good Condition car, there will likely be room for negotiation for purchasing this car.