Real Deal: 1974 Pontiac Grand Ville Brougham Convertible – Sold!
There’s just something about red convertibles equipped with white interiors. Especially American Land Yacht examples such as this 1974 Pontiac Grandville posted on Craigslist in Northvale, New Jersey for the asking price of only $5,250. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Grandville smartly priced $450 below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,700. Unless the pictures and description are leaving a key detail out, we predict this Land Yacht will not last long.
GM’s last full-size B-Body convertibles (Buick Centurion, Chevrolet Caprice, Oldsmobile Delta 88, and Pontiac Grandville) launched for the 1971 model year featuring a new “scissor-style” folding top. Unlike traditional front top arms that fold on top of the middle section, this new design folded inward as it retracted. This eliminated the need for space behind the rear windows for the top arms to sit. The key benefit was rear seat should room was the same as the hardtop on these cars. Alas, the 1973 oil embargo conspired with what was thought to be upcoming Federal roll-over crash standards to see these Land Yachts disappear after the 1975 model year.
We like this Grandville because it’s a well-optioned example honestly presented by the current caretaker at a really fair price. We’d have the top replaced over the winter in time to enjoy the first top-down day of spring. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Here you have it folks… Right here on a silver platter is your very rare opportunity to own what may very well be the epitome of the late 60s early 70s big body convertible craze.
The 1974 Pontiac Grand Ville Convertible. These cars are rarely seen as only 3000 of this body style were made in this year, 45 years ago, so you can imagine how many are likely still in existence. This car is a true time capsule and really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. It has an original 7.5 liter 455 CID V8 with Single 4 Barrel Carburetor, Original Drive Train. Automatic Disc Brakes Fully functioning Power Steering, Power Brakes, Air Conditioning, Power Windows and Seats. Sharp New Good Year White Walls Mounted on Pontiac Rally Wheels with Shiny Chrome Trim Rings. Chrome Bumpers, Grill, Trim, Tail Pipes etc.. This shiny red color is a real head turner. Its is mostly original except for the paint that was done a few years back. Car shows its age and is in less than stellar condition as you can see if you look closely in some of the pictures. There a few very minor paint bubbles and some blemishes in mostly inconspicuous areas. The driver door inside panel is fully functional but a little loose and needs to be better fastened. Top was patched in a few places as you can also see in some of the pictures and really needs to be garage kept as it will leak a little bit in the event of rain but to get your hands on a car with this nice of a curbside appeal would cost you thousands more. Again, car is in less than great condition but if you want to PRACTICALLY STEAL a Weekend, Head Turning, Pretty Rare, Class Act piece of the 70s than this is your Opportunity. Car is a pleasure to drive, rides like a dream, glides down the road getting thumbs ups from all directions.“
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