July 13, 2019
Because of the missing chrome trim around the rear wheel well, I’d guess that this 1977 Pontiac Grand LeMans was wearing a pair of factory-installed fender skirts when it left the assemblyline (like the one in the brochure illustration at the right). This was the fifth and final year for GM’s Colannade styling, where Pontiac referred to their sedans as 2-door hardtop coupes, and 4-door hardtop sedans. IMO they were playing loosely with the definition of a hardtop. Yes, the door glass was frameless, but there are definitely B-pillars on both Colannade body styles. Back when the industry introduced the hardtop design, it referred to a car with no B-pillar at the windowline (see the 1950 Pontiac Super Deluxe Catalina at the bottom of the page). Today’s RealRide, seen a few weeks ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is wearing the optional canopy top, as well as a set of Rally II wheels.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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