If you want a full-sized ’70s luxury cruiser, this 1975 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible delivers all the right ingredients. First, it’s a big old ragtop, and nothing says you’ve arrived like a ’70s convertible. Then there’s the thumping 455 cubic inch V8, a ton of power options, and beautiful white paint. Yeah, this sucker was built to cruise.
It’s hard to tell if the paint is a fantastically well-preserved original paint job or something done a few years ago, but does it really matter? It looks great, and while it doesn’t jump up and hit you in the nose, it does give the Grand Ville an upscale and custom look. Our photos don’t show it off like the sunlight does, but you can clearly see that the bodywork is straight and clean, and as a product of the ’70s, finding a rust-free example is paramount. Pontiac didn’t get hung up with excessive trim, so it has a clean, chiseled look that makes it seem almost sporty, which was surely the intention. Pontiac’s split grille is present in a token way up front, and that long hood almost has its own horizon when viewed from the driver’s seat; good thing there’s a hood ornament out there for navigation. Nice chrome bumpers, sport mirrors, and full-width taillights add interest, and all the original badges remain in place so there’s no mistaking this car for anything else.
Pontiac nailed it with the interior, which features diamond-pattern seats that are the ultimate in ’70s cool. With room for six, this full-size cruiser doesn’t skimp on luxury and delivers that unbeatable combination of cushy ride and vast interior space that makes it the ultimate road trip ride. Wood paneling on the dash is somewhat convincing, and the layout gives the driver fingertip access to things like the ice cold A/C, cruise control, and the AM/FM/8-track radio in the dash. Other options include power windows and locks, a tilt wheel, and a power front seat, all of which make this car a top-of-the-line piece from GM’s excitement division. The new white convertible top is power actuated as well, and features a glass rear window that makes it feel a lot more isolated inside. The big trunk is ready for your next road trip, and includes a full-sized spare and original jack assembly.
Pontiac’s 455 cubic inch V8 really needs no introduction. Renowned for its torque production, it gives the Grand Ville an effortless style that eats up the miles without breaking a sweat and pulls the luxurious convertible around with a great V8 soundtrack. Nicely maintained and quite correct with a lot of factory components, the engine bay offers additional evidence that this car has led a good life and has had a good amount of money invested in it recently. There’s a recent alternator, the A/C has been serviced, and a fresh master cylinder helps keep the brakes working their best. It’s backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, and on a car this big, power steering and brakes were, of course, standard equipment. The unparalleled ride quality is something that needs to be experienced to be believed, and it soaks up bumps like an ocean liner. Classic Pontiac Rally II wheels are fitted big 235/75/15 whitewall radials, which look exactly right.
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