Family Owned Yacht: 1973 Pontiac Grandville Convertible – SOLD!
August 13th Update – based on the new caretaker commenting below, we congratulate them on their very cool purchase!
July 15th Update: Someone wants to sell their convertible. Just one week after reducing their price to $13,000, the private seller just provided an updated post with a revised one thousand-dollar lower price to $11,999. The second owner of this family-owned convertible land yacht appears to be showing signs of being motivated to want this Pontiac gone.
July 9th Update: When we first featured this family-owned 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville in early June, we figured the timing was right for this red driver quality convertible to quickly find a new home. That hasn’t turned out to be the case as earlier this week the private seller created a fresh listing with the priced reduced to $13,000.
There’s just something about a red convertible, especially big American land yacht examples such as this driver quality 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville listed on Craigslist in Garfield, New Jersey. The private seller states he is the second owner of this family-owned-since-new Grand Ville with 114K original miles with a newly revised asking price of $11,995, which is now $3,500 less than the original $15,500 request. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Grand Ville priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,500 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $9,500. We also note that Hagerty’s price estimates on these cars have remained stable over the past three years. If you are serious about buying this big Pontiac, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (201) 667-8245 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his listing featured here on GuysWithRides.com
When Pontiac redesigned its full-size line for 1971, the new Grand Ville became the top trim while the Bonneville name moved down to replace the discontinued Executive lineup. While the Grand Ville and Bonneville shared a number of trim and design elements that distinguished themselves from the Catalina. In addition to more luxurious interior trimmings, the Grand Ville had distinctive chrome trim at the front and rear to set it apart from the rest of the Pontiac line. Grand Villes also featured rear fender skirts starting with the 1973 model.
As their top-trim model, Pontiac made their 455 cubic-inch big-block V8 connected to a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission combined with power steering and power front disc brakes to make these land yachts easy to navigate. Popular options included air conditioning, power windows, and driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, AM/FM stereo all of which the example featured here appears to have installed as well.
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.
With the benefit of an older repaint, this Grand Ville presents nicely from the outside. The private seller also makes the statement, “the pictures do not do the car justice” as they were taken with a bad cell phone camera, so hopefully you can confirm that to be the case during your in-person inspection. Both the convertible top and black vinyl interior appear to be in very good condition with the only unknown is the condition of the steering wheel underneath the thick cover. The unknowns on this example are the underhood, undercarriage, and truck areas as the seller have not posted areas of these thus far. Hopefully, your in-person inspection will confirm only surface rust present consistent with the owner’s statement this spent many winters commuting from Jersey to Florida. With only 114k original miles under family ownership, the seller should be able to provide at least some receipts of what maintenance has been performed over the years. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1973 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible in very good condition no rust at all was painted once in its life maybe 15-20 years ago everything works on the car the interior is in excellent condition no rips no cracks in the dash it has 114 K miles and all those miles were going back and forth to Florida in the winter this car was family-owned I am the second owner of this car 15500 or best offer call or text only 201-667-8245 emails will not be answered these pictures do not do the car any justice because it was taken with a bad cell phone camera“
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