Vibrant Velour: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ 40K Mile Survivor – Sold?

by | Jul 2022 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

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August 13, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

In the U.S., mid-size personal luxury coupes were all the rage throughout the 1970s. With its bucket seat and wrap-around console interior, the Pontiac Grand Prix was one of the sportier alternatives available.  This 40,265 original mile, metallic green over tan velour, 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ originally listed in July 2022 on Craigslist in Alexandria, Virginia, shows how much Pontiac pushed the luxury side by the final model year of this Colonnade-bodied hardtop. The vibrant light tan velour interior is a welcome change from the dark colors we typically come across for this classic cloth material.

Currently offered for $17,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for third-generation Pontiac Grand Prixs produced between 1973 and 1977.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the car featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $14,600 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $23,000.

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:

With the factory A/C already converted to R134A, this 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix is ready for comfortable cruising the balance of the summer while you source a professional to install the replacement vinyl landau roof once the weather cools down.  With just under 41K miles and the preferred bucket seat interior, this Grand Prix appears to be a fine example of the final year for the Colonnade-bodied two-door hardtop.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Up for sale is my 1977 Grand Prix LJ. The vehicle has 40,265 original miles on the numbers matching 301. The vehicle is fully stock with all options and amenities still working, from radio, lights, wipers, power seat, windows and locks to even the cruise control. Recently converted the AC to R134 and it’s blowing cold for the summer! Absolute time capsule. The body, floors, trunk, and frame are as solid as they come; however, the vehicle was not a garage queen prior to my ownership and you do see normal wear and tear and some surface rust under the hood and around the suspension components, which to me is very normal for a 45-year-old vehicle.
I’ve priced according to what I have in the car and what I’ve seen on the market, open to discussions and negotiations if you’re truly interested, please do not waste my time or yours.
Price also includes some new spare parts I have for the vehicle, plus a new tan vinyl top that I have scheduled to have done this summer.

Show or go: What would you do with this 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ?  Please comment below and let us know!

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