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AJ's Car of the Day '74 Pontiac Grand Prix
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Car: Pontiac Grand Prix

Year: 1974

What makes it special: The 3rd iteration of the Pontiac Grand Prix appeared in 1973. A further evolution of the intermediate-size personal luxury car, the Grand Prix was once again only available as a two-door coupe, this time utilizing the same A-body Colonnade pillared hardtop body style with frameless door glass that appeared on the Oldsmobile Cutlass and Chevrolet Chevelle. The 1974 models were largely unchanged.

What made it famous: From a styling standpoint, the new Grand Prix was instantly recognizable as a Pontiac. Both sporty and luxurious, the cars had a vertical bar V-nose grille, and a trunk lid that ever-so-slightly echoed a boattail. Inside, an all-new instrument panel improved on the wrap-around cockpit theme, and added mahogany veneer on the panel, console, and door panels. Strato high backed bucket seats were all new, and included unusual features such as adjustable lumbar support and backrests. A split bench seat was also available. The standard powerplants were Pontiac’s own 400 cid V8 engines, with Pontiac's 455 cid V8 as an option. An SJ option included a rally gauge cluster, radial tuned suspension, special shock absorbers and radial tires.

Why I would want one: It's a very classy luxury car without falling into the stuffy, boring department. Plus, with the 400 or 455 V8 available, it was also great performance-wise.

Fun fact: The Pontiac Grand Prix was eventually replaced by the G8 for the 2008–2009 model year. 

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