Back in the ‘80s, General Motors struggled to keep pace with Ford on the high-speed NASCAR ovals, as the Ford Thunderbird simply outran the brick-like GM G-body coupes thanks to its superior aerodynamics. In response, GM turned to Chevy and Pontiac to develop a more efficient design that could best GM’s crosstown rival with less drag and less lift. The end result on the Bow Tie brand’s side was the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aerocoupe, while Pontiac made this – the Grand Prix Aerocoupe.
Unsurprisingly for a car developed to slice through the atmosphere with ease, the Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe is most notable for the way it looks, with a pronounced rear end that falls down from the roofline in a gentle slope, ending in a hard angle with a rear hatch spoiler. Naturally, the new Aerocoupe came with a redesigned rear deck, but it still offered a good amount of trunk space. The new Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe was also equipped with a restyled front end.
This particular example is one of 1,225 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 coupes made for 1986, and it’s one of 200 Richard Petty editions, making it relatively rare. Outside, we see a two-tone Silver over Charcoal exterior color treatment, as well as special 2+2 decals, red striping down the flanks, and a set of polished Rally II wheels finishing off the corners.
The cabin space is awash in gray cloth upholstery, and comes with a leather-wrapped, tilt steering wheel. Additional features include air conditioning, power locks, power steering, power windows, cruise control, and power brakes with front discs, plus a radio delete.
Routing the power and handling the cog swaps is a Turbo Hydra-Matic 2004R four-speed automatic transmission and a 3.08 rear end. Finally, FE2 suspension helps it stay nippy in the corners.
Now, this 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe Richard Petty Edition is up for grabs as Lot F17 in the upcoming Mecum Auctions Kansas City 2020 event, scheduled for November 20th through the 21st.
Source: Mecum Auctions