In the 1970s, if you wanted a little performance with your luxury (or was it luxury with your performance?) then Pontiac was where you shopped. This 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix is a super of the car that neatly combined a strong-running V8 with the luxury features of a Buick, and wrapped it all in some of the best styling of the decade.
Unlike many of its corporate cousins, the Pontiac Grand Prix didn’t seem to get clumsy-looking as the decade wore on. Instead, the handsome long nose/short deck profile continued to be a big seller, and with dramatic elements like the V-shaped grille and steeply sloping rear window, it looked fast but not like a kid’s car. The handsome Bavarian Cream paint makes this subtle but hard to miss, and it highlights why these cars were popular then and will likely become desirable collectors’ items in the near future. Note the sweeping front fender line that continues to just about where the driver sits, then kicks up again to finish out the quarter panel. That’s a line that’s been alive since the early days of sports cars. It looks awesome and gives lithe proportions to even a big car like the Grand Prix. Chrome was a big feature in the ’70s, and the bumpers, trim, and lenses on this Poncho all look great, and you just can’t have a luxury coupe in 1976 without a padded roof.