Low Mile 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ

Pat L. found this 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix that is located in El Reno, Oklahoma just west of Oklahoma City. The car is said to be a low mileage example of one of Pontiac’s best selling cars. It was the last year of this body style. The car is listed here on Craigslist and the seller is asking $18,000. At that price, the car may not sell quickly but prices of 1977 Grand Prixs have been increasing in recent years. A black on black 1977 Grand Prix recently sold for $23,000 on eBay.

The interior of the car sure looks to be a low mileage vehicle. The pictures are not very good but the car looks to be in excellent condition. The seats are light blue vinyl and the car is equipped with power windows, power locks, rear window defroster and air conditioning. Many enthusiasts prefer the beautiful grill on the 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix compared to the 1976 Grand Prix “waterfall” grill that was very recognizable.

In 1977, a buyer could order four different engines including the 301 cubic inch V8, 350 cubic inch V8, 400 cubic inch V8 and 403 cubic inch V8. Several of Pontiac’s V8 engines could not meet California’s emission standards so only the 350 cubic inch V8 and 403 cubic inch V8 were available in that state. This car has the L78 400 cubic inch V8 engine that was standard in the Trans Am in 1977. The engine was rated at 180 horsepower and 320 lb ft of torque. This was the first year that the 301 cubic inch V8 engine was available and it generated barely enough power (135 hp) to move such a large car.

Grand Prix sales hit an all time high in 1977 with over 270,000 cars produced. The Grand Prix was produced from 1962 to 2008 with 7 different generations over that time period. This car falls within the third generation of Grand Prix’s which were produced from 1973 to 1977. If you like two tone blue, this one might be for you!

Comments

  1. GuernseyPagoda Member

    Looks really nice from the few(and bad) pictures that are shown. This car would look tons better with Rallye II’s, instead of the wire wheels IMHO.

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    • Ted-M

      Or at least had whitewall tires!

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      • Robbie R.

        Ted, exactly right. Either Rally II’s w white letters (preferred) -or- get whitewalls to go w the wire wheel covers. White letter tires no NOT go with wire wheels/wheel covers.

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  2. JACKinNWPA JACKinNWPA Member

    I’m a fan! beautiful and the asking price is in the ballpark even if it is a little towards left field. I don’t hate the wire wheel covers my first “77 had them but I did have trouble with them coming off. It’s the white letter tires that I think would be better with slim WW’s instead. My “75 has the Rally ll wheels and my current “77 came with the snowflake wheels and I can’t decide which I like better. These cars had so many color choices that it boogies my mind! Nice write up Bruce.

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  3. BA

    How can you have a car like that which is using its best asset it’s L78 400 and nary a comment (beyond its list ) or picture to support the claim of real poncho power. What’s up with that?

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  4. Kirk

    I love it but seems like only yesterday you couldn’t give away a car like this one. Big bucks ! I think I’d save some money and take the 77 442 over this big beauty. I bet you could drive this GP up over the curb and barely notice you did . Great car for a long drive

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  5. Jim in FL

    Kirk, good comment about giving them away. We took in a 77 as a recovered theft, insurance paid the guy out and instead of fixing it he gave us the title and the tow fee. I put a set of rally IIs on it, fixed the steering column, and drove it for a few years. These really pop with the rallyes.

    I’m sure these are fun with the 400, but mine was the 301. It may have been big, but it sure was slow. Eventually I moved on from it, and gave it to a friend who was down on his luck. By that point I had really cleaned it up and was looking great. Within six months he flipped it driving drunk and that was that.

    Lots of money, but also lots of car.

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  6. Mikefromthehammer

    What? Nobody else has said it? I guess it’s up to me then.

    “YOU GOT IT PONTIAC”.

    All I can say is I’m glad the model name is not pronounced phonetically. That would be like calling a spade a club.

    Our next door neighbor had one like this. It was a different color though – I think it was Mandarin Orange. I had no desire for that old man’s car back then, however now that I see some old dude when I look in the mirror these days, scarily I am attracted to it.

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    • Dave

      That’s funny. Years ago a service rep was announcing my wife’s Gran Prix was done. He was calling out “Grand Pricks” over and over.

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  7. Doug

    Are those bucket seats non swivel ? I have a 73 Laguna and mine swivel but I don’t like them . as tall as I am I feel like me head is jammed into the headliner and my body is against the steering wheel . So I was looking for factory buckets that would look like swivels .

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    • Chicago Mikie Member

      Doug, I don’t believe any Pontiacs every had the swivel bucket seats. Monte Carlos, Lagunas, Malibus, and some Cutlass’s from 1973 – 1977. You are right — I didn’t find the swivel buckets very comfortbble either.

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  8. Jay

    Hmmm, I am from El Reno and those pictures definitely are not from there.

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  9. Howie

    I had a 77 years ago, posted 2 weeks ago, and no engine photos.

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