AJ's Car of the Day 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix Hurst SSJ

Car: Pontiac Grand Prix Hurst SSJ

Year: 1972

What makes it special: It's the "Holy Grail" of Pontiac's Grand Prix model. Not many were produced. Built by Pontiac, they were shipped directly to Hurst Performance for conversion. They were given a special Cameo White, Starlight Black or Dark Green main body color with Frost Gold accent paint. Equipment varied, but available options included a black-and-white television, a mobile telephone, a digital computer for calculating elapsed times and economy, a Hurst Auto/Stick shifter on bench seat cars, Roll/Control, engine blueprinting, high-performance tuning and a theft-deterrent system.

What made it famous: The hottest available engine for the day: a 300 hp, 455 V8, with a 4.15 x 4.21-inch bore and stroke. It used an 8.4:1 compression ratio and a single 4-barrel carburetor. It developed peak horsepower at 4000 rpm. Options included body-color sport mirrors, G78 x 14 whitewalls and Rally II wheels and electric sunroof.

Why I would want one: Pontiac SSJ's are not as common as other sought-after Pontiac models, so that alone is a reason. But to add the extra "cool performance factor" being a Hurst conversion...and that makes it even more desired.

Fun fact: There was no intention for the Hurst SSJ's to be built in high production numbers. Most sources suggest that less than 500 were created, and that includes the roughly 60 produced for 1972.

( 1972 Pontiac Hurst Grand Prix SSJ photo from oldcarsweekly.com )