4 Years Newer And Less Expensive! 1977 Grand Prix SJ

Last week we featured a “bargain” silver 1973 Grand Prix that readers generally agreed was a great price for a good car. Here’s a slightly newer and more upmarket version, also in silver, that might even be more of a bargain! This 1977 Grand Prix is the vaunted SJ model, and is being auctioned off here on eBay with an opening bid of only $3,000 and no reserve! It’s located in Seattle, Washington.

Pretty much the worst part of the car cosmetically is the right rear, with the chrome oxidizing on the rear bumper and the filler having gotten damaged somehow. The right rear fender well trim and a piece of the body side molding on that fender are also missing. There’s only one rust spot, and it’s a bubble near that fender well that has not been repaired. I love the contrast of the red vinyl top against the silver, which has been repainted once, and the top looks to be in terrific shape.

Here’s a close up of the other rear quarter showing what the trim should look like on the other side. This looks like a really nice driver classic, if that makes sense. It’s not perfect, but it sure isn’t embarrassing either! The seller bought it from his neighbor, and apparently it’s always been a local car.

I am a sucker for a nice red interior. The seller has already stated that the steering wheel cover isn’t covering any cracks, presumably they just prefer the padding. I absolutely love how it looks in here–I wish you could still get red interiors in cars!

Mostly good under here, too! This is a “real” Pontiac 400 cubic inch V8 that is said to run very well, despite the 132,000 miles. Yes, that’s right, that previous interior picture is from a 132,000 mile car! Wow! Nice job, owners! Back to the under hood — the air conditioning belt is in place, but we’re told it needs charging as the compressor will only run for 30 seconds at a time. Hopefully you can find the leak, fix it, and continue the easy cruising life this car seems to have had. The seller talks about effortless 75 mile per hour driving! Sounds like a plan to me!

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  1. nessy

    Boy that is a good looking year for the Grand Prix and the silver on red combo is great. If it only had T Tops and at least some of the basic options like power windows, ect. How could someone order a car like this without power windows..

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  2. dirtyharry

    I had forgotten that this was the last of the full size models and sold 270,000 cars. A little research showed about 15,000 with T-tops. Apparently, they were offered with Pontiac engines, except in California, as the Pontiac motor didn’t meet emissions. California got Olds and Chevy motors, in that year. I don’t know what California would do, if you tried to bring it in, as they still test 1976 and newer on a dyno. I recall driving these cars. They rode well, were smooth and quiet. A big car that suited a big guy. You could ride with the window down. They changed to this in 1978 and the big cars died.

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  3. Fred W.

    Nice that they are not trying to pass it off as 32K miles as is typically done. Very well preserved car.

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  4. Wm Lawrence

    Are you sure the side trim is stock? It looks like aftermarket cap to me.

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    • Joe Nose

      Agreed. That’s from the JC Whitney Gluon catalog.

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    • Jeff Surratt

      That side trim has to go, missing a piece on the right rear quarter panel. Those cars always looked better without side trim.

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    • rmward194

      That body side molding may have been an option. I was a porter at a Pontiac store in 1977. I vaguely remember a wide body side molding option. I found the image below, but I’m still not positive.

      The 1977 Grand Prix was a sought after new car because of the impending downsizing. They sold like hotcakes!

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  5. VR LIVES

    The Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, and Cordoba, were the last of the long nose cruisers of the day. Anybody over 6foot enjoyed these cars even though the power wasn’t there. It was the best that was available. Damn small backseat, good thing we were young and flexible. Where there was a will there was a way.

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  6. Jim Benjaminson

    Bought one new, still have it – I think they came from the factory with that crusty right rear bumper. I complained from new but never got a decent bumper out of them. Only complaint I’ve ever had on the car.

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  7. fordfan

    My girlfriend , now my wife had a cutlass supreme in this body style . Big car, no room inside or in the trunk , no back seat leg room and the interior smeled like a new garden hose

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  8. Chris

    My mom has a 1977 Grand Prix that I drove often when I was 16…. Right up until I T-boned a drunk driver and totaled it. I loved that car. What a shame.

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  9. Kenneth Neal-Rosario

    My dad bought my mom and new car every two years when I was growing up, until she got her new 77 Grand Prix SJ. She drove that car 17 years, and still complains about him selling it. Ours was Nantucket Blue and white, but otherwise identical including the manual windows and Pontiac 400.

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  10. David Miraglia

    Best looking of the bunch. Preferred the Pontiac to the other designs. Along with the Mark V. Grand Prix was one of my high school dreams back then.

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  11. Rustytech

    This look identical to one I bought in 1979, it can’t be though, mine had more miles than this when I sold it. I agree this was the best looking of the Grand Prix’s. It cheep now but with almost 6 day’s left in the auction it will climb, check it again in 5 days, bet it goes to over $7500. Would still be a good deal.

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  12. Joe Smith

    I bought a new ’77 GP Berkshire green w/white landau top.Great car !

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  13. stillrunners

    They were class then…..and still pretty damn sexy….

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  14. David J

    Hopefully, a red leather suit, golden bling, funky hat, purple scarf and platform shoes are in the trunk.

    Cool ride!

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  15. ACZ

    Right rear of the bumper and the bumper filler are most often caused by a rusted off tailpipe or a LOT of idling time. Hot and corrosive exhaust fumes collect under the back corner and cause this.
    T-tops? Those were Hurst Hatch T-tops that year. Anyone that has ever seen one of those cars found out they were ruined from rust on the outside and water leaks on the inside. Most were like Niagra Falls inside. Too many bad stories associated with those.

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    • Mr. TKD

      I believe there was also s factory sunroof/moonroof option.

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  16. Clinton

    I had one of these it was pretty much spotless besides a rusted decklid. Red with white interior. I let my doctor brother drive it and he told me that it started making noise on his way home from work….oh yea a red light with a genie lamp came on first. Yup he’s a doctor. I ended up stuffing a used boneyard engine in it and selling it for 1000 bucks.

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  17. Rando

    My first car was a 73 GP. $300. Paint was dead but interior was perfect. Wish I still had it. And so on. I like this one as well. The older I get, the more I like these. Heavy doors and all.

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  18. jeff

    hi…. I had a 77 – Black outside — Red Cloth interior … ONE of the nicest driving cars i ever had ….. for someone who is 6′ 3″ — i fit in it well AND mine only had the 301 2bbl — but still could do 100-120 on the Highway — smooth as glass . Bought for $ 500 sold for $ 500 …..4 years later ( 1989-1993 )

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  19. Rick

    Those rusted so badly. My uncle bought one brand new then. 4 years later it had so much rust it needed a full re-do. 3 years later it needed it again.

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  20. leiniedude

    Sold for $4,524.44. 10 bids.

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