Copious Coupe: 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham 31.3K – Sold?

by | Jul 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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August 20, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

July 21, 2023 Update – Seven days after first posting their Craigslist ad, the seller of this ’76 Bonneville lowered their asking price from $15,750 to $15,500.

The 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo made a lasting impression in many consumers’ minds as they waited in long lines to (hopefully) fill up their gas-guzzling full-size cars.  That, combined with increasing emissions and safety regulations, forced General Motors designers to plan a major downsize for the 1977 model year.  Consequently, the 1976 model year is considered by many to be the swan song of full-size, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive design by general motors.

This dark red 31.3K-Mile 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe For sale, first spotted in July 2023 on Craiglist in Brownwood, Texas (Dallas), represents the final year of the fifth-generation Pontiac full-size offering.  Despite its extremely low mileage, the seller notes their Bonneville benefits from a repaint.  The seller does not indicate which engine their Bonneville features. However, these cars came standard with a 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 standard with a 455 cubic inch mill optional. You’ll need to confirm which engine this car features.

Last offered for $15,500 (the original ask was $15,750),, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with this guide’s one-year results summary for all fifth-generation Bonnevilles in all body styles produced between 1971 and 1976.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling twelve months:

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 $11,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,000 before making adjustments for equipment and powertain options.

Pontiac launched its redesigned fifth-generation Bonneville for the 1971 model year. Pontiac marketers downgraded Bonneville in the model hierarchy and launched the Grand Ville as the new top-line trim level. In effect, it replaced the discontinued Executive above the lower-priced Catalina. The 1971 Pontiac Bonneville featured new “Monocoque” styling that came in a choice of three body styles, a pillared four-door sedan, a four-door hardtop sedan, and a two-door hardtop coupe.

The exterior design of the 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe was characterized by its large dimensions and elegant styling. It featured a long, wide body that exuded a sense of presence on the road. The front end showcased a prominent grille with horizontal chrome bars and integrated rectangular headlights. The hood was sleek and sculpted, contributing to the car’s refined aesthetic.

The body of the Bonneville Brougham Coupe was well-built and featured smooth lines and gentle curves. Chrome accents were used tastefully, highlighting key areas such as the grille, bumpers, window trim, and side mirrors. The rear end was characterized by vertically stacked taillights and a clean design, giving the car a sophisticated appearance.

The interior of the 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe was designed to provide a luxurious and comfortable experience for its occupants. It featured a spacious cabin with plush seating for up to six passengers. The seats were upholstered in high-quality materials, such as velour or leather, offering a premium feel. The front seats were often equipped with power adjustments to provide personalized comfort.

The dashboard layout was driver-focused and featured a combination of analog gauges and various controls. Woodgrain accents and chrome trim enhanced the interior’s upscale ambiance. The center console housed additional controls, including climate control and audio systems. Optional features included power windows, power door locks, and a premium sound system.

The 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe offered a smooth and comfortable driving experience. It was typically powered by a range of V8 engines, providing ample power and torque. Engine options included a 400 cubic inch (6.6-liter) V8 or a larger 455 cubic inch (7.5-liter) V8. These engines were mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, ensuring effortless acceleration and highway cruising.

The Bonneville Brougham Coupe also featured power steering and power brakes, making it easy to maneuver and stop. Additionally, it offered a comfortable ride thanks to its well-tuned suspension system, which provided a balance between comfort and handling.

The 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe represented luxury and comfort in the full-size car segment. With its elegant exterior design, upscale interior appointments, and smooth performance, it offered a refined driving experience for those seeking a premium American automobile.

The Osborn Tramin YouTube Channel features this 1976 Pontiac Parisienne Canadian commercial, which is the brand name Pontiac marketed the Bonneville as in that country:

With only 31.3K original miles, we really hoped we could call this 1976 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham Coupe a “survivor.” However, the seller notes their car benefits from one repaint, so that precludes us from awarding this example that term.  Repaint aside, this is an excellently maintained example that is likely a blast to drive long distances on Texas highways.

If you are serious about buying this Bonneville Brogham, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Pontiac featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful’76 Pontiac Bonneville-Rare Brougham Coupe. Must see condition-NO disappointments. All original other than one repaint and normal maintenance items. Cold A/C converted to 134A. Top of the line Brougham – loaded. All options work as they should, including Cruise Control. Runs and drives beautifully! Custom dual exhaust with a great deep rumble. Must see to appreciate. $15,750 or closest offer. Cash only, no scams, located in Brownwood, TX.

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