Original 400: 1971 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J

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As the sixties were beginning to draw to a close, Pontiac’s General Manager John DeLorean was at the top of his game, and it was he who stepped in and decided the Grand Prix needed a redesign for its third generation.  So for 1969, the car switched from its former B-Body chassis to the new G platform and wore a restyled body, a design that carried the car through the end of the 1972 model year.  I’ve always liked the Grand Prix, but if I had to pick a favorite overall body style the 1969-1972 cars seem hard to beat in my humble opinion.  This 1971 example here on eBay is a base Model J and it’s nicely preserved, with bidding already up to $10,200 but still shy of the reserve.  The car is located in Alabama, down in Birmingham.

The car’s southern roots have been kind to the body, and the Pontiac has only had three different owners the entire time and obviously, they all took good care of it.  The original buyer kept the car for the first 35 years, then she sold it to somebody in Texas who was a caretaker until 2014, followed by the seller.  The Grand Prix is stated to have always been kept in a garage and still wears the original green color, but the seller doesn’t go so far as to say that the paint is the factory-applied finish.  Even if there has been a respray, it looks to be of high quality, and although the seller has provided some unusual photo angles the body appears to be well-preserved from what I can tell.

If that’s the original interior, it’s really another testament to the kind of car this car has been given, especially if those seats have been sat in for 107k miles.  Just about everything we can view in there looks way less than 50+ years old, plus we also get a couple of photos of the door jambs and around the trunk opening, which all seem solid with no signs of rust.  We don’t get to see the undercarriage, but if it looks anything like the rest of the car there’s probably nothing to worry about down below.

Under the hood is Pontiac’s standard 400 cubic inch V8, a 4-Barrel that’s stated to be the original component.  It made a respectable 300 horsepower from the factory, but also available as an option was the 455, both of which lost some compression for ’71 due to GMs requirement that all of its engines be able to run on lower-octane fuel beginning that year.  But the seller says the 400 runs smoothly and performs well, with some more good news being the A/C has been converted to a modern 134a system.  I’m not finding much to fault with on this 1971 Grand Prix, but am curious just how much farther north the price will have to go before the reserve is met.  What are your thoughts on this one?

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  1. Moparman MoparmanMember

    Looks to be a very well kept example, and should make the next caretaker very happy! GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Al camino

    Wow, a green unicorn

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  3. Frank M

    Current bid $17,600 and the reserve is still not met. 8-0
    It is a beautiful car though.

    Like 7
  4. Barry O

    I owned the same car 71 GP a 400cu engine same color bought it used with 35k in1973 sold it in1982 with 132k. Drove that car very hard super fast for its day. Original transmission,carburetor,alternator,water and fuel pump took it up to 130 mph still had more to go. Big powerful good looking one ☝️ f the best I have owned . Maybe I should buy this one

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    • stephen

      I had a 72 with same set up, but bronze w/ cream colored vinyl top. Wish I had it now to drive hard AND pamper. I was 4 times as old as the car when I bought it in the 70’s. If I bought it (again) today I would be 4 times as old as the car. I’d keep it this time.

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    • Glenn SchwassMember

      I always liked the shape of these, especially the back end. This is really nice.

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  5. TorinoSCJ69

    This is Nice!

    Beautiful styling, and looks well kept.

    AC converted and works – man, I like this one!

    Like 8
  6. Bakes

    Pretty car in colors that look perfect for the period. Looks like it has a respray based on a couple of the photos, and the rear bumper is drooping just a little bit in the middle but other than that it’s hard to find fault with it. GLTWA!

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  7. Lathebiosas

    Probably has the somewhat desirable 7K3 cylinder heads. Big valve medium compression….

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    • Marty Parker

      71 Grand Prix and GTO 400 CI engines had #96 heads. 72’s came with 7K3’s.

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      • Lathebiosas

        Ahh, correct. Well, 96’s even better! All the manifold holes are tapped!

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  8. Ashtray

    I owned a 1969 J model, two 1970’s J midel, a 1972 SJ model, a 1977 SJ and a 1978.
    The 1969 was the fastest.

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  9. Sam

    One Sweet Tin Indian

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  10. John D

    Love the 69-72 GP I would love to own one of these. I’m not huge on the avocado green interior but if I had the cash I’m not sure it would stop me.

    Like 0

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