Four-Speed: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix – SOLD!

Nov 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

November 22nd Update – The unique four-speed manual conversion in this final-year, 400-powered Pontiac Grand Prix is likely the key reason this car did not take long to sell.  With the Craigslist listing deleted by the seller, we’re calling this one “Sold!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

1977 proved to be the final year of GM’s mid-sized Colonnade Hardtop personal luxury coupes as the company readied its downsized versions for the next model year.  Pontiac’s version, the Grand Prix, also featured the division’s 400 cubic inch V8 for the last time.  This driver-quality example we discovered first listed in November 2020 on Craigslist in Southington, Connecticut features a unique four-speed manual transmission conversion and an asking price of $5,000. Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Grand Prix priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $3,750 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $7,450.  Similarly, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms this private seller has his Model SJ Ford priced between the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) appraisal of $4,200 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,900.

For model year 1973, Pontiac launched the third generation of its popular personal luxury coupe, the Grand Prix, on the new A-Body “Colonnade” hardtop platform shared with the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and Buick Regal.  With more emissions and safety features being added throughout the mid-70s, Pontiac increasingly focused on the luxury aspect of these cars as power output declined with each succeeding year.  About the only styling cue differentiating second-generation Grand Prixs from their A-Body siblings was the cockpit-style wrap-around dashboard continued from the second-generation car.  The 1977 example presented here is the last of the “big” Grand Prixs before GM downsized the A-Body line for 1978.  The long hood, short deck design initiated on the second generation Grand Prix looks even better on these later models.

We found this vintage “Pontiac: The Mark of Great Cars” commercial featuring a 1977 Grand Prix on YouTube:

In addition to the four-speed conversion, we like the documentation and overall driver-quality condition that belies this Grand Prix’s mileage.  The first project we would tackle is having a professional replace the landau vinyl top as it does detract from the overall condition of the car based on the pictures provided.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Numbers matching 400 ci engine, last year for a real Pontiac 400 engine in an “A” body

PHS paperwork included with window sticker

Car converted to 4 speed with correct clutch linkage and pedals

Original rear end

Rebuilt rear suspension including performance upper and lower control arms with poly bushings, new springs with rubber dampers and air shocks

Front end totally rebuild with all new parts including replacement close ratio steering gear box, powder coated “A arms, all new bushings, ball joints, drag link, tie rod ends, shocks, brake rotors, wheel bearings, brakes and calipers

Brand new dual exhaust from manifolds to tips

Tune up on engine

Original rebuilt Q-let carb

Power windows, power locks, power driver seat (all working)

Original working AC

Rally dash with tach and all functioning gauges.

Original AM-FM stereo with original speakers (working)

Original interior, steering column changed when car was converted to 4 speed with tilt wheel.

All lights, wipers, and horn functioning

Car cover included as well as some extra parts

Cool car to start off with in the car hobby.

More pictures available upon request.

Asking $5000 or best offer.
Non refundable $500.00 deposit to be made through PayPal along with ending balance after visual inspection and agreed price.”

Do you like the four-speed conversion in this Grand Prix?  Comment below and let us know!


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