Pontiac is a car brand that has a long history in America. The Grand-AM model made its debut in 1973 and it found its niche when muscle cars were just on their way out of vogue with sales beginning to decrease. There were still a few stragglers who like to have the physical resemblance to the old muscle cars.The Grand-Am was intended to be the middle-of-the-road model that combined the luxury of the Grand Prix with the sportiness of the Trans Am. It enjoyed a few good years before being transformed into a smaller economy car. Here are the 10 best Grand Am models of all time for your consideration and enjoyment.
10. 2005 Grand-Am SE Sedan
The 2005 Grand-Am SE Sedan received high marks for being a good value for the cost. Most drivers also rate the performance, quality, and comfort high with an overall 83% approval rating. This 5 seater's biggest appeal was that it offered plenty of power and a spot aesthetic. It also performed well in the snow. Besides being reliable and fun to drive it was also economical to drive.
9. 1998 Grand-Am SE Sedan
The 1998 Grand-Am SE Sedan was a popular mid-size car that was easy on fuel with an economy rating of 23 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. The 2.4 liter 4-cylinder edition was matched with a 4-speed automatic engine. It was also available in a 3.1 liter V6 mated with a 5-speed manual transmission for those who wanted more power with a horsepower range between 150 to 155 depending on the configuration. Drivers had their choice of the manual Coupe, the Manual Sedan in the 2.4 liters, or either in the automatic transmission in the higher-powered 3.1-liter V6 engine.
8. 1985 Grand-Am V6
The Pontiac Grand-Am in the 2.5-liter engine mated with a manual 5-speed transmission was fun o drive and this made it a fun car to drive. It was one of the more popular models in a 20door Coupe styling that gave it a sporty aesthetic. The front-wheel-drive offered a top speed of 109 mph with an acceleration of zero to 60 mph in 10.9 seconds. It wasn't a particularly fast car but it was peppy enough for most average drivers who enjoyed the 28 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.
7. 1992 Grand-Am SE Coupe
The 1992 Grand-Am SE Coupe received a new platform design this year as it entered its fourth generation of existence. It was built on the N platform with a longer body design. It was more comfortable than previous iterations and came in a choice of three engine sizes. This was a sportier vehicle featuring more interior space for comfort and seating for four. The rear seats folded down when necessary to elongate the trunk space.
6. 1991 Grand Am "Iron Duke"
This model was first launched in 1985. The 1991 edition featured a 110 horsepower 2.5-liter pushrod Iron Duke engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. For its time it was a good-looking car that crossed over between a comfortable luxury car and a sporty mid-size.
5. 1978 Grand-Am Sport Truck
The 1978 Grand-Am Sport Truck was a prototype that is worth a mention on this list. For all El Camino lovers, this was a fancier version that had a sportier look. It took the benefits of the 1970s Grand-Am cars and rolled in a highly functional truck bed that made it a dual-purpose vehicle. It offered both comforts for the driver and a high level of functionality if you needed to haul larger items in the back bed of the truck. They made it look attractive as hell.
4. 2000 Grand-Am SC/T
The SC/T is a model that became popular for the supercharged engine that gave it a sporty personality. The acceleration was a fast-moving vehicle from zero to 60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds which was quick enough to give drivers a thrill. It offered exceptional performance in a light vehicle with a powerful V6 front-drive platform and moderate pricing.
3. 1980 Grand-Am Coupe 305
The 1980 Pontiac Grand-Am was the last of the rear-wheel-drive versions of this model. It was no longer offered in a sedan version, but only a coupe. The lineup had gone through some big changes in just a few years. This model featured a 4.9 lier 301 cubic inch V8 engine with a four-barrel Rochester carburetor. The transmission it was paired with as a Turbo Hydramatic automatic 3 speed. The fuel economy was 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 18-gallon fuel tank offered a range of 340 miles.
2. 1973 Grand-Am Silver Anniversary
The 1973 Silver Anniversary edition of the newly released Grand-Am model was very special. The vehicle was made in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of NASCAR and it featured a lovely silver paint job, a 400 cubic-inch V8 engine, and a limited number of just 9 ever made. It is now a collectible classic that was as well suited for the track as for the public roadways.
1. 1973 Grand-Am
The 1973 Grand Am was a brand new model that was introduced in 1973. It was a mixture of the comfortable and luxurious Grand Prix and the sporty Firebird Trans Am. The first few years of its release were the best for Pontiac with sales going at a reasonable level. This was easily the best model of the Grand-Am ever made with its 455 cubic inches V8 engine, the stylish Colonnade style A-body, and its sleek yet muscly aesthetic.
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