With the gas crisis looming, the American cars were changing internally, as well externally. The external changes of that era included less chrome, with more fiberglass and plastic. This 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Colonnade is a sleek stylish sedan with a fair sized American lump under the hood. Clean as a whistle, this sedan is bid up to $2,124, with the reserve not met. Find it here on ebay out of Naperville, Illinois.
The fair sized lump under the hood is a 400 cubic inch V8 with a 2 barrel, and single exhaust. Although not the peppiest engine offered for this year model, this 400 makes for a nice cruiser, and has nice features such as air conditioning, and an automatic transmission. Although equipped with air conditioning, the system is not currently charged. With only light evidence of surface rust in the engine bay, this Pontiac has a relatively clean appearance under the hood.
Now the inside of this Grand Am is what really shines. This interior is in fantastic condition, and has a great sporty appearance. The dash, steering wheel, console, and bucket seats make this Colonnade appear more as a muscle car than a semi luxurious sedan. Just about every aspect of this interior is mint. There is no wear on the steering wheel or the shift handle. Prone to wear, the gas and brake pedal pads appear as new. The dash, as the entire interior looks to have lived life in a garage out of the sun’s harmful rays. Even scrutinizing the door panels reveal no wear or damage of any kind. What a wonderful interior, in grand condition!
With little chrome and an interestingly sculpted front end, this gas crisis era American sedan has some neat styling. The front end has vintage aerodynamic appearance to it with its main nose cutting through the air dispersing that air to 6 vents that feed the under hood. As the years progressed from 1973, American bumpers became larger and larger, but thankfully the bumpers on this Grand Am are subtle and nicely executed. The midsection of this sedan looks as you would expect, but the tail end tapers down to a nearly flat design. Although this Pontiac appears as a survivor, this sedan has been re-sprayed in a proper single stage paint. The fresh paint gives the car a stunning appeal, and looks as if the car is a true survivor. The paint work on the nose cone and front bumper look superb with no evidence of body work, or cracking. The panel gaps on the hood look slightly off, but the rest of the car looks top notch. Perhaps not recognized as a dream car, this Pontiac is a clean and not so common classic that would be a different flavor to own, and to take to car events. Did any of you grow up with, or own one of these Grand Am Colonnades?