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Classic Pontiac of the Month
March 2006

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1967 Grand Prix Convertible

 67 Grand Prix convertible
“I found this car quite by accident, or perhaps divine intervention. I had owned a 1968 Bonneville 4-door hardtop for ten years. My dad bought it used from a coworker and sold it to me in 1983. With a 350 under the hood from a '74 LeMans, it wasn't original, but that didn't matter, though. I was hooked. I had never driven anything like it. For the next ten years, I drove it every day. It made the 400-mile trip from Louisville to Memphis when I moved here. It made annual trips back to Louisville for the holidays. Sadly, when I had to let it go I swore I'd find another, but this time it had to be a convertible. That was 1993.

Life gets the better of dreams sometimes, and I had all but forgotten about my love for '67 and '68 full-size Pontiacs. I still loved big cars, though, and bought a two-year old Lincoln in 1997. By 2000, I had grown tired of it and planned to trade it for a new convertible. I had some money saved and was ready to shop.

One Saturday in June, I decided to check classifieds ‘just for fun’. I hadn't planned on looking at the antiques. But when I scanned the ads I couldn't believe what I read: '67 GP Conv. $6,500. I already knew that 1967 was the only year for a convertible GP. I had to go see this car. One week later it was sitting in my driveway with 68,000 miles on it. It's an all-original numbers matching 400, Signet Gold with Parchment interior, original Delco AM/FM radio, power windows. Although it had an aftermarket Holley on the intake at the time, the previous owner had taken great care to keep everything that had been a part of the car. The original Carter AFB was in a box in the trunk. The only thing missing is the electric antenna.

 67 Grand Prix convertible
The first thing I did was have the front-end rebuilt -- new bushings, ball joints, shocks, tie-rod ends, everything. A new set of Michelins finished that, and my savings.

A year and a half later, the Town Car was in the shop and I decided on a cold January morning to drive the GP to work. Oddly, the car jumped time when I tried to start it. According to the mechanic, it was common for these cars to need new timing gears at around 70,000 miles because the teeth on the gears were bakelite. The odometer read 72,028.

 67 Grand Prix convertible
Since then, most of the work I have done has been mechanical. Clock restoration was first, then the radio. The Carter AFB was rebuilt and reinstalled. A new 4-core radiator was added. Resonators were replaced on the exhaust system. I've replaced the four coil springs and the top motor. The charging system (voltage regulator and generator) is all new, but original. The cooling system has been replaced. The engine was pulled and resealed last fall. In the process the guys messed up the exhaust system. So, this summer, it's new exhaust and rebuilding the power window motors (which work, but very slowly). And, I'll continue my search for an original electric antenna. And with the documented history of the car from Pontiac Historic Services, each of the Life Magazine ads for it, owners manual, convertible top manual and some other documentation, we're up to $13,168.06.

It needs some minor interior work, like burled wood inserts on the console and a new dash pad and front floor mats. Paint and bumper work will be next. Then a new top and weatherstripping. That should about do it. But, in the meantime I'll continue to do what I can, when I can, and work on my tan at 70 m.p.h.!”

Owned by David Maddox

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