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 transmission, Pontiac power, G-body handling upgrades, and in my eyes, a reversed version of the stock color scheme: overall black, silver lower body and callouts, and red trim. That’s my vision of it, but I’m just one person. There are millions of people out in the world, and someone else has taken one of the 1,225 cars built for 1986 and made it their own. And I’m having a weird conflict with myself on whether I like it or not, so I’m putting it up to you, readers, to help me gauge what I’m seeing.
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way right now: the colors. They are almost Mopar in style, aren’t they? It doesn’t look bad, and on another car it might even work better. But there is something about these shades of green that just isn’t settling with me. Maybe if it was painted Lime Rock Green (that dark shade used on C7 Corvettes) I might buy into it more, but this might be the first time I’ve seen a Pontiac anything painted in what looks to be Sassy Grass. But the work is done well…the gold break line is done well, the colors compliment themselves, and kudos for painting the insets of the KMC Nova wheels to match. And the nose is fiberglass, not the stock urethane…no droopy chin here!
The rest of the car is more like it. Under the hood the stock 305 Chevrolet still remains, but included in the sale is a 406ci Pontiac mill that, judging from the seller’s writeup, needs to be assembled and shoved in ASAP. Since they are including the engine hoist and engine stand in the sale, we can only chock that one up as a positive. The interior is mostly together (what happened to the shifter handle?), having recently been Dynomatted and fitted with some tubing inside. The weatherstripping and window felts have been replaced, the suspension and brakes have seen some love, and the rear end sports a performance-friendly 3.73 ratio. While we would look over everything, it sounds like good bones to finish a project on.
Help me out here. Clean enough car, desirable (for me, anyways) model, extra engine and tools included with the sale, but it’s the color of an early 1970s Mopar that for a reason I can’t quite explain, isn’t working here. What are your thoughts, readers?