1969 Pontiac Grand Prix – The Big Nose

The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix was completely redesigned from its predecessor, being stretched and built on a platform dubbed ‘G’.

In fact, the hood was that long that it held the record for the longest front end in production car history.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix brochure

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Design

The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix was designed on the theory that bigger means better, at least for the front end; one mechanic pointed out that all ’69 Grand Prix’s had a cracked fan shroud because they had to climb up and lay over the front of the car just to reach the motor because it was set so far back from the grille.
Only available as a 2-door hardtop coupe.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix design

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Interior

Morrokide or cloth and vinyl came as standard trim materials, bucket seats were standard, but in a bid to up the game, Pontiac offered an option called ‘Command Seat’; effectively offering a center console type design that wrapped around the drivers position, rather like an aircraft.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix interior

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Specs

There were 112,486 Grand Prix’s sold in 1969, out of these, just 1,014 were fitted with the M21 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.
Length: 17’6” Wheelbase: 118”

The 1969 model also had some unique features; flush mounted ‘pop open’ door handles, side impact beams in the doors, radio antenna incorporated in the windshield and an option for an electrically heated rear window defogger.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix review

Other options included power front disc brakes, auto level control and leather upholstery.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Performance

400 ci (6.5 liter) V8 was standard, although offered in two outputs; 265 BHP and 350 BHP. An option for a 428 ci (7.0 liter) with 370 BHP (although there seems to be some talk of a 455 ci (7.4 liter) V8 available as a further option.

Transmission was the M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 auto or the M21 Muncie 4-speed manual.

As usual, expect anything with 300+ BHP, period tires and soggy suspension to feel mighty quick!

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Collectability and Price

Pontiac was GM’s sporty marque, and they tried to be all things to all men, offering a car for every occasion or performance level.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix performance

The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix is still quite collectable, and parts are available for nearly everything, although if you’re after sheet metal panels, you may be better off having them fabricated.
Expect to pay $30,000 for a concours example, but you can pick up a fair example for as little as $11,500. Add a further 10% to the pricing for factory fitted air conditioning.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Images

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