The Original: 1973 Grand Am

Pontiac Grand Am

Pontiac introduced the Grand Am for the first time as a 1973 model. This one has been stored away since 1998 awaiting a restoration that never came. It’s currently kept in Spokane, Washington and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding starts at $200 with a reserve and the buy-it-now price is $5,500. With a 400 cubic inch V8 and a recent thorough tune-up, I’ll bet this distinctive mid-size will get down the road pretty well. The interior is said to be “near perfect” and does look good in the few pictures there are (wish there was a dash picture). The seller states that the Endura nose needs replacing, you can see the driver’s side missing in the photo above (they are available new here from Replica Plastics). A youth basketball coach of mine had one of these and I remember admiring the clear rear styling at the time – and how much sportier it was than our ’71 Hornet wagon! The car also needs a new windshield and either a new vinyl top or the existing molding removed. Do you want to be the person who adds to the 120k miles on the car now?

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Comments

  1. Don S

    I always liked the looks of this car, it brings to mind the designs of Exner & it was unique. In my mind, I believe it was probably Pontiacs way to bring a GTO type of car back to life.

  2. jeff w

    Always thought the Lemans front facia look better than the Grand Am on this body style.

  3. JW

    If I were to buy this car I would just paint the top and fix the A/C and drive it as a daily driver. Not a very collectible Pontiac IMO. It would make a nice car to run errands and not worry about door dings and shopping cart mishaps.

  4. Art

    I owned one of these back when I was a teenager. I wish I had it now, but there are so many cars I wish I had kept. These cars have a nice ride and handle better than most of the colonnade cars.

  5. Jason

    Jeez, whatta nose! This car looks like Jimmy Durante.

  6. Jim

    I had those wheels on my 79 Grand Prix in high school.

    It seemed that there were (X) number of cars with those wheels in my town and there were (X-1) sets of center caps. We were constantly trading ownership of the existing caps. Someone would swipe mine, I’d swipe someone else’s, mine would be swiped again.

    In 2 years I think mine were swiped 7 times.

    • moosie Craig

      Jim,,,,,,,,,,,, All ya all should have just went to Pontiac or the boneyard and bought replacements.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      When I was in college in the mid-80’s, my college job was working at a hubcap/wheelcover store (Hub Cap Annie’s) in Raleigh, NC. We sold every single one of those caps I could get on my junkyard sourcing trips.

      As a side note, as a car junkie, can you imagine having a part time college job that involved traveling the local junkyards purchasing wheel covers/center caps/trim rings? I had a great time while my friends worked fast food jobs…I got the job because I could identify 8 out of 8 wheel covers that the owner brought out as a quiz. When I started giving them years & models as well as manufacturers, she asked when I could start!

      • Steve

        I remember Hub Cap Annie’s! I lived in Raleigh for 14 years…from ’86 – ’00. I had a ’75 Grand Am (picture) for about six years. Kind of wish I hadn’t sold her.

  7. blindmarc

    Black with a 400, nice car and good price

  8. John C Cargill

    I bought a 1 year old 73 in 74. Dark red with matching int. no vinyl top but better because I don’t like them and mine had a factory sunroof. Another one I shouldn’t have sold. If i didn’t have a car the needs selling to get the money I’d pay the bin price.

  9. pontiactivist

    I had an emerald green w/ white bucket seat interior. 71 455 ho round port heads. Thats one I wish I never sold. Would love to have another one someday.

  10. DJ

    These are one of my all time favorites. The Grand Am nose along with the GTO vents on the rear windows made it look great. It’s black and a 400. If I didn’t already have a 72 GTO, this one would be in the garage.

  11. Grr

    I would share my experience with this model, but these guys don’t like posting my comments…

  12. Keith IH

    My mom had a ’73 GP with the 400 4bbl Rochester and it ran great. Sweet motor with plenty of power and the TH400 transmission suited it well. This was just before all the juice got squeezed out of the product line by evermore restrictive emissions standards. I always liked this body style better than the GP’s of the same year. It will make a new owner happy! Might switch the Rochester for a Holley though.

  13. Jasper

    These were truly nice. I had a white ’73 optioned just about like this but with a decayed nose and plenty of crust in the many books and crannies. Plenty powerful and handled acceptably for what it was. The interior was attractive as well. A muscle car bargain with that Evel Knievel, Las Vegas kind of glamour.

  14. Utes

    These were incredible handlers…made even better w/a little tweaking. But the 4dr. version is more my speed…though I do so enjoy ’73-’77 Colonnade A-body coupes.

  15. blindmarc

    @ 4100 with a little over a day to go

  16. blindmarc

    Sold for $4851

  17. John

    Current owner. My car is listed in the Standard Catalog of Pontiac. At that time Chet Oslewski owned it. It is Honduras maroon w o blood interior. Chet swapped a 455 from 73 into it. The car has a 4 so M20 w a Hurst shifter from 1973. The Inland shifter was old and sloppy.
    I have since refurbished/ redone the entire car. Great attn to detail such as stainless brake and fuel lines and custom reproduction seat covers in leather. Drives and handles like new but about 1 2/3 x more hp giving the car what Pontiac should have but didn’t. Overall, one of the nicest, best driving cars of the 70’s.

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