No Reserve: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J

New for 1969, the Second Generation Pontiac Grand Prix offered buyers a perfect blend of luxury and performance. Its combined chrome grille and front bumper made a bold visual statement, with 112,486 buyers electing to park one in their driveway in that model year. Our feature car could be one of the best original and unmolested examples in existence and has recently emerged from nearly four decades in storage. The seller has returned the vehicle to a roadworthy state and appears to hold documentation confirming that its odometer reading of 49,000 miles is genuine. The Grand Prix needs a new home, so it is listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Darby, Pennsylvania, the bidding has hit $15,100 in a No Reserve auction.

The eBay listing indicates that this Grand Prix has led a sheltered life. Its original owner drove the car regularly before placing it into dry storage in 1983. It recently emerged into the light of day, and its condition suggests that the storage environment was close to perfect. The Matador Red paint shines beautifully, although the seller says that it carries a few small chips that potential buyers might expect on an unrestored classic of this age. Nothing demands immediate attention, and the buyer could continue to enjoy this classic as a genuine survivor with total pride. The Black vinyl top is in as-new condition. There is no shrinkage or bubbling that might indicate emerging nasty surprises. The panels are as straight as an arrow, but this Pontiac’s rust-free status is just one of the aces it carries up its sleeve. The panels are spotless, while the underside shots reveal this car to be structurally sound and free from even a trace of surface corrosion. There are no signs of staining or other issues with the original Rally II wheels, with the remaining trim, chrome, and the glass looking flawless.

With the Pontiac’s exterior presenting so nicely, its interior condition comes as no surprise. The Black vinyl upholstery shows no significant wear, which is also true of the carpet. Harsh UV rays haven’t had a chance to take their toll on the dash or pad, and while I would hesitate to describe the interior as perfect, it isn’t far off the mark. The faux woodgrain inserts have avoided the type of fading and lifting that can plague trim of this type, there is no wear on the wheel, and the headliner looks tight and free from seam separations or other problems. The interior features bucket seats, a console, and the factory AM/FM radio with front and rear speakers and the optional “reverb” function. Everything works as it should, meaning this is another aspect of this classic requiring no attention.

The Grand Prix is a numbers-matching survivor featuring a 400ci V8 producing 350hp. With a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes, the 3,740lb Pontiac should be capable of covering the ¼ mile in a respectable 14.9 seconds. When the seller located this classic, its original owner had kept it in storage since 1983. When they dragged it out of hiding, they worked through returning it to a roadworthy state. They replaced the dual exhaust, the fuel tank, the brakes, and the tires. It now runs and drives perfectly, offering potential buyers the option of flying in and driving home in this classic. The seller holds significant documentation included in the sale. There’s the original Owner’s Manual, Dealer Brochures, handwritten Bill of Sale, and other paperwork. The Grand Prix has 49,000 genuine miles on the clock, and given its mechanically bulletproof nature, it should offer its next owner many years of enjoyable classic motoring.

This 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J appears to be a stunning classic needing nothing. It presents superbly as an original survivor, and there’s little doubt that it could turn heads wherever it goes. That people like what they see is beyond doubt, with the car attracting forty-two bids in just over a day. Its overall condition and odometer reading suggest that there will be more action to come before the hammer falls. If I were a betting man, I would expect the bidding to easily top $30,000, although I wouldn’t rule $40,000 out of the equation. With No Reserve in play, a new home is only a few days away for this classic. It will be fascinating to watch this auction to see what someone will be willing to pay to park this gem in their driveway.

Comments

  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    Very cool car!

    Like 5
  2. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Nice find. Bill Mitchell must certainly have been involved with this.

    Like 6
  3. Stan

    Nice Prix. Always liked the Pontiac Motor Division choices.

    Like 10
  4. CCFisher

    Driven sparingly until 1983 (49,000 miles is approximately 3,500 miles per year) and stored carefully after that, this was clearly someone’s pride & joy. This car has tremendous presence. It’s not hard to understand why GP sales skyrocketed in 1969.

    Like 14
  5. OldSchool Muscle

    Nice My favorite style!!!

    Like 4
  6. Buddy

    May have low miles as a result of NO A/C😥

    Like 5
  7. Keith

    No way will a no A/C Grand Prix hit the 40k mark.Needs power windows also. These were personal luxury cars and having no A/C will hurt the value a lot.

    Like 8
  8. Tom Heermans

    No A/C equals no deal……

  9. Buddy

    Regrettably sold my PHS documented ’69 GP with A/C for $18,500 a year ago. Completely original with one repaint in Verde Green. 96,000 miles with window sticker, bill of sale, one owner, etc…

    Like 7
  10. Steve Clinton

    A real head-turner in ’69, and even more so today.

    In those days, who would have ever believed the Pontiac Division would be gone in 40 years?

    Like 8
    • Buddy

      Yes, and the same for Oldsmobile following the success of the Cutlass Nameplate…Olds sold 1,000,000 units in 1977 and gone in 25 years.

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      • Gerard Frederick

        The disappearnca of makes is a strange story. For example, on a smaller scale, in the year 1955 Horex motorcycles of Germany sold the most 350cc machines worldwide. A year later they came out with possibly the best bike of all times, the Horex Imperator, a year later they went BK, where swallowed by Mercedes and disappeared forever.

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  11. Lance Platt

    The 1969-77 Grand Prix models were the most beautiful American car of the post World War II Era. The GP looks good in red. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this Pontiac appears to be in very good condition in the photos. Too bad I don’t have a spare thirty grand in my cookie jar or I would be tempted. Awesome Barn Find!

    Like 4
  12. Craigo

    I got married in 1970 an my new wife refused to learn how to drive my 4 speed 1967 GTO so I bought the first 1969 GRAN PRIX to come to Chicago sight unseen.

    While not a GTO It turned out to be a great car none the less.

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  13. John Mangum

    Had one. Great driving car lots of power. Raced a 383 roadrunner. Couldn’t beat it but it didn’t beat me. Would love this one

    Like 3
  14. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    ✔✔✔

  15. Michael Milligan

    I owned a 69 GP back in the early 70’s, white with a blue vinyl top. Nice car, actually the nicest car I owned up to that point with the only problem being a timing problem when the nylon cam gear teeth broke.

    Like 1
  16. Randy Reed

    Oh wow this is nice! AC or not I’d own it if I had the spare change! My first car was a ‘69 Grand Prix. I regret being young and dumb while owning it and would love having it back. A real powerhouse on the street! Nice lookin in red!

  17. John Oliveri

    My sister in law had a Ice blue 69, with all the options, and of course A/C, this one is a stripper, no power windows, surprisingly in a car like this, optioned like a Chevy

  18. joenywf64

    These cars(like ’68-69 Chargers) look better with 15″ wheels instead of 14s, tho they would slow the car down.
    If you got the optional tach & gages, where did the clock go?
    Was the hood tach a dealer only option?

    Ordering almost any car with as few options as possible was the way a family on a strict budget could get into a new car back in the day for a lot less money! Try doing that today, when even the ugly expensive 4 door only entry level cars are disappearing – & even they had way too many standard features i did not want.

    Keith, this grand prix could have been meant for northern climates – this morning for the 1st time EVER, my HEAT came on in MAY in the Northeast!
    I am NOT fixing the a/c on my 30 yr old car that broke 20 yrs ago! lol
    An aux bus driver fan & windows open do just fine for me & parking in shady spots & using sun shields.

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    • Keith

      I took my driving test in a 1970 GP and then bought my own 69 GP to have some fun with. I lived in Ohio so summer months were not cold but on the freeway the windows down were way to much for enjoying the tunes. These cars were freeway cruisers and needed air to enjoy the trips around the country.

  19. joenywf64

    Isn’t the ’70-72 monte carlo the same car as this grand prix underneath?
    Odd the GP came out a year earlier. Chevy missed the boat IMO by 1 year – all those lost sales!

  20. Carmanic Carmanic Member

    When I was five my step-father bought a brand-new model J, metallic root-beer brown with a white top and white interior. This was the first time I was exposed to a car that was more than just basic transportation, and it left an indelible mark on my budding “car-guy” psyche.

    Like 2

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