Quick History Of Pontiac Grand Am

 

 

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The Pontiac Grand Am is a mid-size car and compact car that was created by the Pontiac division of General Motors company. It was based on GM A platform. The production of the Grand Am was canceled in 1980 and replaced by the Pontiac 6000. It was brought back in the year 1985 and replaced the Pontiac Phoenix and was Pontiac’s best selling car which was eventually replaced by the Pontiac G6. It was named the G6 as it was the 6th generation of Grand Am.

All the Grand Ams from 1973-1975 were built in Pontiac, Michigan at the main Pontiac building plant. The 1978-1980 versions were built in Pontiac, Michigan and the main assembly plant in Atlanta, Georgia. All Pontiacs from 1985-2005 were built in Lansing, Michigan at the Lansing Car Assembly.

The original Grand Am was rolled out in 1972 and was based upon the GM A platform, other wise known as the A-body. Other cars such as the Pontiac LeMans, Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Chevelle, Buick Century and the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme were also built on the A-body. It was revised in 1973 and eliminated the pillarless hardtops because of the new Federal rollover standards.

The name Grand Am was a name that came from two other cars in the lineup. The Grand came from Grand Prix luxury and Am for Trans Am performance. It was designed as Americas answer to European luxury and sport sedans. The Grand Am was one of only three GM cars to have standard radial tires and appropriate suspension tuning in the year 1973. The other 2 were the Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon and Chevrolet Monte Carlo S.

In the year 1974 the Pontiac was described as “The mid sized Pontiac with Foreign Intrigue and American Ingenuity.” Sales had hit an all time low and were down 50% due to the 1973 oil crisis. Only 17,083 Grand Ams were built at the time.

The 1975 Grand Am was identical as the 1974 model but had vertical front grille bars, body colored rear bumper and a catalytic converter single-exhaust. Things stayed pretty similar in style and shape until the year 1992 when the Grand Am received new body work and a revised interior. It also reintroduced the V6 option 160 hp 3.3 L 3300 V6.

By the year 1998 the design of the Pontiac Grand Am looked very similar to an Oldsmobile Alero and Chevrolet Malibu. Pontiac Grand Am has somewhat of a cult following to this day as the last Pontiac came off the assembly line at Lansing Michigan’s car assembly plant on May 10th, 2005.

If you’re looking for a solid sporty looking used car than a Pontiac Grand Am is the way to go. You can find them at many used car dealerships in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Golden or Thornton.

 

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