GTO Alternative: 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix

1966 Pontiac Grand Prix

We would all love to have a GTO with Tri-Power and a 4-speed, but the current cost of admission keeps many of us out of the market. Well, I may have found an affordable option. This 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix is a lot bigger than a GTO, but it has a 4-speed and supposedly came from the factory with the Tri-Power triple carb setup! A four-barrel is sitting on top of the 389 right now, but the seller mentions that they have the carbs and manifold and could work out a deal for them. The dash mounted tach is also a nice factory touch. The car was purchased from the first owner and is claimed to have only covered 54k miles since new. It needs some body work, but it looks like something you could drive while addressing the problem areas. It’s obviously never going to be a GTO, but for the money, this may be the closest many of us will ever get. It’s located in Carson, California and is listed here on eBay where bidding is currently right over $4k with only a day left!

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Comments

  1. kenzo

    Interior looks a bit tough for only 54k miles. Possible I guess. Nice layer of rust on the rims and the driver side front wheel well is showing corrosion. No under carriage pictures. Looks well used for 54466 miles. Could be a good cruiser
    I wonder where it is parked/stored/pictures taken. Lots of good looking vehicles in the back ground.

  2. blindmarc

    B.s. That he wants extra for the factory tri power set up. Hope he eats sh#t on the sale.

  3. kenzo

    re- reading his ad he sounds like a flipper. I wonder if the tri-power is original or parts bought later. Nothing about a build sheet or documentation to back up his claim. He states both bumpers re-done. Picture #1 there is obvious pit rust on it and the last one of the rear bumper is not much better. Current bid is 4500 and that is tops unless you are a serious Pontiac fan. I honestly believe this is probably a 154466 mile car or it has been totally abused and looking at the rust on the rims, his odometer statement doesn’t match the pictures. Unless he can prove it is original mileage (not sure how) it isn’t.

  4. JW

    Being a Pontiac fan this car looks to be well used in it’s day. I’m not a fan of the big cars like the Bonneville but I’ve rode in some really nice ones and this one would not qualify as a decent driver in it’s current condition.

  5. pontiactivist

    Had a 66 gto. Tri-power 4speed green on green car. This is nothing like a gto. Being a 4speed does make it an interesting and possibly rare car. I am a big fan of grand prix’s. All years and body styles. I wouldnt mind having this. Hard car to find parts for though.

  6. keith clark Member

    I agree with blindmarc, bs on extra for the tri power setup. These kind of sellers ruin for the whole hobby.

  7. Rick

    Talk about memories, had my choice between a ’66 Grand Prix or ’65 Mustang for my first car…I had driven the Pontiac many times, as my dad had it when I got my drivers license in 1970…won a couple races with it, shame is I had no idea what was under the hood, thought it had the 421…anyhow picked the Mustang and that was history…

  8. Chris A.

    The mid 60’s Pontiac GP was another Bill Mitchell inspired clean design with a semi-muscle car image. I thought of them like a Buick Riviera’s rowdy kid brother. As I recall, the story has it that Cadillac, then Pontiac and Buick had a shot at building the Riviera. Buick won the Riviera and Pontiac built the GP. Pontiac got an incredible performance hype when Car & Driver magazine did a tongue in cheek comparison between the Ferrari GTO and the Pontiac GTO and the Pontiac did well in comparison. That led to a lot of performance packages for the Pontiacs, including a 4 speed and big engine in the GP’s. Buick never put a 4 speed in the Rivieras. Must have been fun to be a GM engineer back in the ’60s before Nader and the fuel crisis.

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