March 18, 2023
FILLMORE, N.Y. – This 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix is from year three of the nameplate which would soon (1969) come to be the standard (IMO) for the relatively new personal luxury coupe genre. It was year one however, for the Grand Prix’s exclusive (in the Pontiac lineup) two-door hardtop roofline. There was nothing like it in the Chevrolet or Buick lineups, but Oldsmobile used this profile in both the Starfire and Jetstar I models, seen below in brochure illustrations (but not on the Dynamic 88). Canada didn’t get the Grand Prix for 1964, but instead got a similarly equipped model called Parisienne Custom Sport —it didn’t have the GP’s roofline, but rather shared the same profile as the Catalina & Bonneville in the States, and the Parisienne & the Laurentian in Canada. Who was buying the ’64 Grand Prix? Pontiac told us it was “…for people who think good looks are enough. Also for those who don’t.” I guess they wanted to cover all the bases.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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