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Category Archive: BangShift Question Of The Day??, BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, Craigslist Find

Question Of The Day: Have You Ever Seen A Car That Looks Right And Wrong At The Same Time?

One of my project car dreams is to take a Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, the funky NASCAR homologation special G-body, and to build it into the machine that Pontiac simply failed to deliver on. Manual...

This 1966 Buick Riviera Custom Blends The Old School With The New Perfectly

When I was a kid, I had a book that explained the world of cars. It showed trucks and buses, farm tractors and the like, but what I really remember from it was the depiction of a hot rod and a custom...

Would You Rather, The Alternate Future Edition: Which FWD Pony Car Concept Appeals To You Most?

We know how the pony cars managed to survive the 1980s: Ford managed to give the Mustang a desperately needed horsepower injection that really came into play in 1982, and over at GM, the...

Money No Object: The 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT, As It Should Have Been!

You can quit laughing now. I mean it, the money spent on this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT is worth it. The story of the Fiero is one of growth, maturity…and then, a quick and glamour-less death. A...

How To Sell A Crapbox Pontiac Grand Am, Lesson One: Honesty Is Your Friend!

Pontiac had many highs during it’s lifetime: the Safari, the GTO, the Firebird, even the Can-Am and the G8. While the company occasionally strayed into Brougham territory, overall their mission...

Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh-“Worthy News! This Week: Charity Done Right and More!

1. EcoBusted.(Photo: Ford) Need another set of headlights to memorize as you tear up the Interstate, late as usual? Here you go: Ford has unveiled Special Service Vehicle variations of the F-150 and...

GM Is Unloading Some Of The “Toy Box” Cars At Barret-Jackson This Weekend! Take A Look At Some Of These Beauties!

Ever since I saw the first article about it, the GM “Toy Box” collection and subsequently appropriate concept and one-off vehicles has captured my attention. Summed up, it’s what GM...

Rough Start: A Sweet Pontiac Firebird Formula That Just Needs Some Final Plumbing!

Not every Pontiac Firebird made in the 1970s was black and gold. Sorry to break it to you, but you can put up your fake Burt Reynolds ‘stache and cowboy hat…it’s kind of creepy, to...

Question Of The Day: Can You Find A Freakier For Sale Ad Than This “Bitchin’ Chicken Car”?

Here’s a bit of insight into my typical work day: I spend hours at my computer searching, performing research, and in general dredging the Internet for things that I think BangShifters would...

Money No Object: This 1987 Pontiac Firebird Has Us Thinking Bad Thoughts!

There is only one reason why this 1987 Pontiac Firebird caught my eye, and it goes straight to childhood. I had a toy car when I was little…I remember that it was a third-gen Firebird body, it...

A Close Look At Forbidden Fruit: Here’s What A U.S. Legal Holden Ute Is All About

Nearly ten years after Pontiac backed out of bringing the G8 ST to the U.S. market, I’m still annoyed. I’m not kidding in the least when I say that I would’ve spent all of the money...

How Would You Build It: This 1979 Oldsmobile 442 Slant-Back Needs Power, But What Else?

From the front, this 1979 Oldsmobile 442 looks pretty good: handsome A/G body shape, the cool sectioned grille that looks aggressive compared to the standard Cutlass waterfall-style unit, and no hood...

Just Like They Were: This 1973 Pontiac Ventura Is A Time-Warp!

It’s just a fact: when it comes to older iron, everybody wants to remember the legends that they are supposed to be and not as they truly were. That’s why you see so many Super Sport...

That’s How To Make One Cool: This 1985 Buick Somerset Ex-Trans Am Racer Is Up For Sale!

The 1985-87 Buick Somerset was a turd. It just was. Based on the N-body, which gave up such favorites as the Pontiac Grand Am and the Oldsmobile Calais, the Somerset was a car best known for...