The Pontiac Grand Am was envisioned as a competitor to the increasingly popular Mercedes and BMW imports that combined both luxury and sporting elements in their offerings, a concept not common in American cars. The name for the A-Body model came from a morphing of the luxury Grand Prix and sport-oriented Trans Am. The Pontiac Grand Am was built on the Colonnade body intended for the GTO (the GTO would become an option package on the compact Ventura in 1974), but with the Grand Prix interior and the Endura impact-resistant front bumper.
For the 1974 model year, the Pontiac Grand Am received a revised rear fascia, with vertical taillights, a relocated license plate that hid the fuel fill neck, and alternations to meet the new five-mile-per-hour crash standards. Powertrain offerings included the two-barrel carbureted 400 cubic-inch V8 with a single exhaust, rated at 190 horsepower, two variants with four-barrel carbs that produced 200 or 225 horsepower, and the top-of-the-line 455 cubic-inch equipped with a four-barrel carb that made 250 horsepower. Engine displacement was emblazoned on trunk emblems, expressed in liters.
Pontiac Grand Ams boasted a Radial Tuned Suspension (RTS), radial tires (rare for GM cars at that time), and sway bars front and rear. Interiors could be had in either vinyl or cloth.
Our feature Pontiac Grand Am is painted Cameo White with a white vinyl top and an Oxblood Red cloth interior. The exterior finish looks to have aged well. Panel gaps are fair, but nothing out of line for GM products of the mid-1970s. There is no rust visible on the body panels. The front Endura fascia and painted bumper is still in good nick, but the rear chrome bumper has ample pitting showing through.
Inside the Pontiac Grand Am, the deep Oxblood Red cloth interior presents well, with slight wear noted on the driver’s side seat bottom. The dash features a full Rally gauge cluster between the speedometer and factory tach. The Grand Am is equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM stereo, cruise control, power Strato bucket seats, power windows, power locks, tilt steering, tinted glass, and a rear window defogger.
Under the hood is the numbers-matching 455 cubic-inch V8 topped with a four-barrel carb, producing 250 ponies. The engine bay is tidy, and appears to be largely original. The air conditioning compressor does not currently have a belt driving it. Moving the power from the engine is the Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission.
This Pontiac Grand Am is being offered by Volo Auto Sales for $25,998.