Restored in Honor of Dad's New Car
During the restoration, the body and frame were separated, and the body was stripped to bare metal, proper metal repairs were made as required, and many additional hours of careful attention were spent on proper preparation for the factory-correct Cameo White base/clear paint finish. As seen in the photos, the paint remains in excellent condition with a few minor rock chips in front and only one parking lot scrape and ding from someone’s car door. The seller advises the body is rust-free.
Highly Equipped and Driver-Centric
Trimmed in Red upholstery with matching carpeting that nicely contrasts the Cameo White exterior, the interior of the Grand Prix was fully restored and features front bucket seats, a floor console and sporty shift lever. Desirable features and amenities, several of which were sourced from the Arizona donor car, include A/C, power windows, a power front seat, and tilt steering column. One of the optional features was not compatible without special electrical parts that were not reproduced at the time of restoration – the heated rear window, with conflicted with the A/C power requirements, so the Seller chose to stick with the A/C. Cruise Control parts are provided along with the car in original, unrestored condition, should the new owner wish to install it. An M&H wiring harness was fitted, and modern upgrades include an R134a A/C compressor and AM/FM/MP3 radio. No surprise to owners of 1960s-1970s GM products, the power window switches are stated by the Seller to be finicky on occasion and while the driver’s side window motor is slow, the others are understood to operate well.
GTO Performance With Heightened Sophistication
The 350-horsepower, 400 cubic-inch Pontiac V-8 engine was supplied by the Arizona-sourced donor car, professionally rebuilt, and mated to a correct GM THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission. Ignition is supplied by an upgraded Pertronix system and the exhaust system is upgraded with a crossover pipe and free-flowing Dynomax mufflers. Durable stainless fluid lines are found throughout the car’s various systems. Just an approximate 5,000 miles have been accumulated since the restoration was completed and the GP benefits from proper garage storage while not in use and annual service. The latest service work being an oil change performed in the fall of 2020 using regular oil plus GM EOS supplement. The A/C compressor was replaced in the spring of 2020. According to the Seller, current mileage is approximately 124,500 miles.
Restored For Enjoyment and Ready to Go!
Included with this Grand Prix Model J is a selection of miscellaneous new and used parts, including a brand new fuel pump, filters, radiator cap and thermostat, Pertronix ignition module, and various other items, bulbs, and fuses. A copy of the factory build sheet was found during the restoration and is also included with the sale of the car. A wealth of other items includes restoration invoices, parts receipts, Pontiac literature, restoration books, and wall art including a clock and sign – virtually a small but interesting 1969 Grand Prix museum!
Restored and finished to replicate the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J owned new by his father, this very nicely restored and carefully maintained example combines the best elements of the base car and the parts and features supplied by the Arizona donor car. Recently, the Seller summarized the car and his goal for the restoration best, stating “…though this car may not be for the purist, it is fun to drive, and the creature comforts included are really what set the Grand Prix apart from many other Pontiacs of the same era. There aren’t many of these cars left in this condition today, and so I’m hopeful this GP will make an interesting and fun part of someone’s collection, or perhaps an entry in the old car hobby for some lucky person.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!