This Pontiac Grand LeMans, c1979, was produced during Pontiac’s revolving-door model name period, which saw the LeMans, Bonneville, and Parisienne names — with and without the “Grand” modifiers — get attached to a number of different cars. This two-toned example was seen last summer in North Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here?
The nameplate game was in full swing when this 1970 Pontiac Executive was new. Pontiac was struggling to find itself, juggling model names, seemingly without a master plan. In 1961, full-size Pontiac model names ran thusly (bottom-to-top): Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, and Bonneville; Ventura was dropped after 1961; then Grand Prix was added at the top in 1962; in 1966 the 2+2 and Star Chief Exec
This 1963 Pontiac Star Chief, seen a few months ago in Pendleton, straddled the middle of the full-sized Pontiac line-up — it wasn’t quite as fancy as the top-line Bonneville, but it did share the Bonnie’s 123-inch wheelbase, whereas the lower-rung Catalina rode a 119-inch wheelbase which it shared with big Chevys. I realize I’m a bit simple-minded, but I always found the b