1962 Pontiac Grand Prix – The Grand Prix first appeared in the Pontiac line for the 1962 model year, as a performance-oriented replacement for the Ventura, which became a luxury trim level of the full-size Catalina It was essentially a standard Catalina coupe with minimal outside chrome trim and a sportier interior (bucket seats and a center console). The performance-minded John DeLorean, head of Advanced Engineering at Pontiac, contributed to the development of both the Grand Prix and the GTO. Early models were available with Pontiac performance options, including the factory-race Super Duty 421 powertrain installed in a handful of 1962 and 1963 cars. The first Grand Prix was a Catalina hardtop coupe trimmed to standards similar to the larger top-line Bonneville, with a distinctive grille and taillights. The bucket seats were upholstered in Morrokide vinyl, while nylon loop-blend carpeting covered the floor and lower door panels. The center console-mounted transmission shifter included a storage compartment and a tachometer. The rear bench seat included a center fold-down armrest and a speaker grille that could be made functional with the extra-cost Bi-Phonic rear speaker. Included were a padded instrument panel, deluxe steering wheel, courtesy lights, and other features.
Pontiac build just over 30k Grand Prixs in 1962 but almost 60 years later it’s a classic you rarely see on the road. And with its iconic good looks, it’s definitely a coupe you would remember from any car show or cruise. Speaking of cruising, this Pontiac is truly a blast to drive. It’s one of those vehicles you own and then plan to fill your future weekends showing off. If the meet is 100+ miles away from home… even better! All Grand Prixs were sport coupes and they all had the popular 389 V8. This example retains it’s numbers matching block but the previous owner decided to upgrade the intake to one that could fit two Edelbrock 4bbl carbs (similar to the 421 in the Grand Prix Super Duty). He also added an electric fuel pump and an electric fan to improve reliability. Additional features include; Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Chrome Bumpers, Dual Exhaust, Bucket Seats, Factory Tach, Center Console Storage, Cloth Dashpad, Cloth Floormats, Comfort-grip Wood Wheel, Factory AM/FM Radio (also has an Alpine AM/FM/Cassette), Tinted Glass, Original Owners Manual, Tire Tools, Spare Tire, 8-Lug Aluminum Wheels, and Thick Mastercraft White Wall Tires! The odometer shows just under 37k miles which are believed to be “miles since restoration”, not “original miles.” If you are looking for an iconic and unique classic to cruise with the family in, this outstanding ’62 Grand Prix is a strong one to consider. Contact us today to become an owner …. before 1 of the other 7 billion people on this planet beat you to it!