The Woodward Dream Cruise happens this weekend in Detroit, Mich., and in honor of the muscle car-heavy celebration, we’re bringing you a muscle car-related Potential Purchase of the Week. We didn’t want to bring you a stereotypical muscle car, so we give you a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ Coupe.
Although not your stereotypical muscle car, the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix packed plenty of performance. It was all-new for 1969 and featured a bespoke body on a shortened Pontac Catalina platform. This meant the car had become smaller and lighter with the second-generation. Part of the reason for the switch was the Grand Prix’s renewed focus on performance.
The ’69 Grand Prix was offered with either a 400-cubic-inch V-8 or a 428-cubic-inch, high-output V-8. The 400 engine could be ordered in 265, 350, or 370 horsepower flavors while the 428 H.O. engine put out a respectable 390 horsepower. The Grand Prix here is equipped with the 350-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch V-8 and a three-speed automatic. A manual transmission was also available.
Another change for the 1969 model year was in the car’s interior. To go along with its new, sporty demeanor, Pontiac redid the instrument panel so it was more driver-oriented. It featured a wraparound design that placed all of the main gauges and controls within the driver’s sightline.
Why would I want one?
It’s an oddball muscle car. You see plenty of Camaros, Mustangs, GTOs, and Challengers at the Dream Cruise each year, but few Grand Prix models. The Grand Prix was offered with some of the more potent engines from Pontiac’s lineup at the time and could keep up with the best. It fits the muscle car formula, but is oft forgotten. This means, consequently, that it’s not as valuable as some of the others, which is good for those looking to dive into the muscle car arena for the first time.
In addition to being an oddball muscle car, the example we have here is a one-owner car. Bought in 1969 and garage-kept its entire life, this Grand Prix could be one of a kind. It’s a relatively low mileage example, too, with only 73,000 miles on the clock. Keep in mind that many of these cars were people’s daily drivers for years and not toys like some other muscle cars.