AJ's Car of the Day: 1971 Pontiac Ventura Sprint

Car: Pontiac Ventura Sprint

Year: 1971

What makes it special: It was the first year for the X-bodied, Chevrolet Nova Clone produced by Pontiac for General Motors.

What made it famous: The Ventura "Sprint" was the performance model, with up to an available 350 cu in V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, body color mirrors, all-vinyl upholstery with optional Strato bucket seats, Custom Sport steering wheel, blackout-grille trim, special striping, blackout grille, and 14x6" wheels.

Why I would want one: It's different. Not many are around today...it's a nice departure from the usual lovable but plentiful Chevrolet Nova's from which they were modeled after.

Fun fact: General Motors purposely named each of their Nova clones in such a way that the word "Nova" was spelled.  ( Chevrolet Nova, Oldsmobile Omega, Pontiac Ventura, and Buick Apollo. Take the first letter from each model, and you've spelled "N.O.V.A." ) Pretty cool....huh ?

(1971 Pontiac Ventura Sprint photo from socalcarculturesblog.blogspot.com)