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Wide-Track Cruiser: 1968 Pontiac Grand Prix

The Grand Prix joined the Pontiac lineup in 1962 and would be the company’s performance-oriented personal luxury car for the next several decades. The second generation of the “wide-track” land cruiser was in production from 1965-68 on a full-size car platform before shrinking to a mid-size in 1969. The ’68 edition is a survivor-quality automobile except for a repaint in the original dark green color. Located in Irvington, Alabama, this possible specially-order Pontiac is available here on eBay. The current bid of $7,601.99 did not crack the seller’s reserve.

As part of a styling refresh in 1967, the Grand Prix received hidden headlights which were in contrast to what the Catalina and Bonneville were wearing. For 1967-only, the Grand Prix could be ordered as a convertible, but this was a one-time experiment that was never repeated. The Grand Prix for 1968 could be ordered with either a 400 cubic inch V8 (350 hp) or one of two 428s with 375 or 390 hp. The seller does not mention which is in this automobile, nor is a photo provided from below the bonnet.

The 1968 edition of the Grand Prix sold in the fewest numbers of the rest of the generation, 31,000 units vs. a peak of 58,000 in 1965. Perhaps the hot GTO stole some of the Grand Prix’s thunder as it could be had with a similar level of trim and was a lighter product available with some of the same power. The seller believes this Pontiac may have been a special-order car when new, but there’s no paperwork to verify that. The list of goodies includes power windows, tilt steering, 8-track tape deck, and 8-lug wheels.

We’re told the interior is original and it certainly appears to have been held up nicely. Slide right in and get ready to take off! While the paint has been redone, we don’t know about the vinyl top which looks equally good. Once you do get behind the wheel, the seller says this machine rides and drives like it did when it was new. And at 84,000, there should be plenty of life left in this ole bird.

Comments

  1. Moparman Moparman Member

    A relative of mine special ordered one of these while stationed in Newfoundland, it was equipped exactly as this one was and was the same color (Verdoro Green) but with a white interior and top, and wheel covers. It also had the hood mounted tach, and although it was returned 3 times to PMD for repair it never did operate correctly from new! I had driving lessons in this car, and especially remember being taught how to properly merge into highway traffic! GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Todd J. Member

    My dad had one of these, same color combo. I had my own car at the time and I don’t remember ever driving his GP but he was very happy with it. He ended up trading it in on a new ’71 Coupe de Ville which proved to be nothing but problems from the get go.

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  3. Charles Leonard Coker

    the 1962 to 1964 Grand Prixs were full sized cars too, don’t understand why the writer would make that error.

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    • Michael Saylor

      The writer didn’t make any error, they don’t reference whether the 1st gen GP is or isn’t full-size in any way, shape or form.

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      • Al Dee

        What are you guys talking about? — The ’62 – ’64 as well as the ’65 – ’68 Grand Prix’s were ALL simply modified versions of the SAME frame and body that the Bonneville, Star Chief, and Catalina were built on. IF Pontiac’s Bonneville, Star Chief, and Catalina were called full size cars – then the Grand Prix had to ALSO be a full size car. DUH!

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    • Tim Van Dyke

      Had a 64, 421 w trips, back in the 70’s. Reminds me of my ex wife, cause I miss em both from time to time.

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  4. MLM

    Didn’t appreciate them then, but I sure do now. Dad told me he could’ve brought me one in ’81 for $50(he didn’t because I wanted a ’63). This is the GP that has some noticable “lasts” to it’s list. The last full size GP and the last with those beautiful 8 lug rims.

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  5. Jon Rukavina

    Out of all the Grand Prixs, the ’67-’68s, imo, had the most flowing lines of any of them. The taillights blended into the rear bumper, and the hideaways up front made the center nose less obtrusive.
    First year for taillights in the bumper for GM.
    The nice color scheme of black vinyl roof and Verdero Green go together too

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    • Wes Member

      Actually GMs Cadillac division had taillights & back-up lights in the bumper beginning 1959 forward for many years. The Buick division’s beautiful 1965 Riviera also had all the rear lights mounted in the bumper.

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      • Jon Rukavina

        I stand corrected. My post came back to haunt me when I read the story and saw the pics on the copper colored ’65 River.

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  6. Nelson C

    Another beautiful car from GM’s prime. The lines flow so smoothly from front to back and the halo roof and fender skirts work perfectly. Muscle was hitting it’s peak and big performance cars were soon to end. The resized ’69 was like a shot heard around the world with sales increases many times over. This was Pontiac’s time in the limelight. Gorgeous car.

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  7. driley

    What engine is in this car? 400 or 428?
    How long have you owned this car?
    Has it ever been exposed high water damage?
    Is the A/C operative?

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  8. princeofprussia

    Gorgeous. What else can you say?

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  9. Moparman Moparman Member

    I wrote the first comment on this posting, but my comment has disappeared, can anyone state why???

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    • Matthias1

      This is a family-friendly site. Maybe they’re tired of your lewd Pontiac jokes?
      Hey – just kidding… :)

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    • Todd J. Member

      To get that answered, you probably have to get a hold of somebody over in the Barn Finds Technology Campus. It’s that group of buildings where the Old Wagon Wheel restaurant used to be, if you’re old enough to remember it.

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      • Fox owner

        😆😆😆

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Your comment was just pending moderation. It’s live now.

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      • alphasud Member

        Would love for you to reach out so we can go over the listing and posting issues. It might be the Mac OS. I can go over what I’m seeing on the feed page vs. what you are seeing.

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  10. Tim

    I was in high school in Canada and had a 67 American GP and was positive it had a 396 engine and the tail/brake lights were horizontal slots across the back? We are talking 51 years ago but what a beautiful car with Crager SS mags and bias ply tires. Great way to meet girls! Boy do I miss those days

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    • Big_Fun Member

      An American GP would have a Pontiac engine, a 389 was standard in ’66, a 400 4bbl in ’67. A ’67 Canadian Pontiac had Chevrolet engines (and frame), so it could have been a 396. It was called a Parisienne 2+2. Under the hood was, ‘396 Astro Jet’. Does that sound familiar? If it was a GP, like you described – with the correct slat taillights, maybe someone installed a Chevrolet big block. The car sounds intriguing!

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      • Jon Rukavina

        In the famous words of Johnny Carson, “I did not know that!”
        I did know the names were different (Pontiac Acadia) for example, but the engines are news to me.
        Thanks for sharing Big Fun!

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  11. TVD

    Had a 64 with 421 & triple deuces, every time I think of that car, reminds me of my ex……I miss em both from time to time!

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  12. Mike Petros

    I loved the GPs from the sixties, and though I would never turn this one down, I thought that the ’68 looked rather fat and bloated compared to earlier models. This may have been a reason for reduced sales that year and why sales jumped when the slimmer, trimmer GP debuted in ’69.

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  13. Chris Cornetto

    I see this and go back 40 years to the wrecking yard when cars like this rolled through like water over a fall. I used to buy them at sales for the 428s which many had then. Those molded door panels were sought after even back then. These were beautiful cars. They should dig up up all the old GM designers and get them with today’s techno wizards so cars become more than the appliances they are now. I look at this car and others and realize I am driving a 50 year old car today and would buy something like this before I would buy anything new,” except crotch rockets” You look at today’s vehicles, oh yeah they are faster” who cares” they get better mileage, maybe. I guess I am old. I drove a Hyundai a few weeks back and couldn’t wait to get out of it. Cars of today, not all but most, are nothing but transportation with lots of lights and buttons like these phones. A real beauty here.

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  14. Norma Yera

    I agree. Im a 66 yr old woman and remember I had two different boyfriends with same car,same colors,but one was jacked up and loud and the other was low and smooth. I loved driving them both! Wish I had gotten one! ( of the cars)😂🤣😂
    ( Boyfriends were not at the same time) 😂😂

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