1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

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    1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    I would be elated to hear of any 81 Grand Prix's for sale anywhere in Iowa. Preferably running.

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    I don't have one but I'd like to make a quick comment on the car itself. I always felt that the '81-'88 Grand Prix was the sportiest looking of the four GM midsize coupes. It was a shame that Pontiac, the excitement division, never had a real highperformance version like the Monte Carlo SS, the Cutlass 442, and the Regal GN/GNX. There was a half-hearted attempt with the 2+2 but it had the low-powered 5.0L V8 and way too many tape stripes, although I really liked the special rear glass and ducktail spoiler. I always wanted Pontiac to use the Grand Prix as the basis for a GTO or Can Am: shaker hood scoop, 15"x8" snowflakes, ducktail spoiler, front fender vents, dual chrome tip exhaust, turbo 4.9L V8 or other HO V8, etc.
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    ^I never really understood that, either. A TPI Grand Prix would have been a good seller, IMO.

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    Funny but I'm looking for a 1981 Grand Prix also. I had a white LJ with small 4.3 Pontiac V8 many years ago and loved that car to death. It had the Pontiac rally wheels, light green interior and rode/handled really well. There was just something about that year GP that made it unique. The engine idled so quiet you couldn't tell it was even running with the hood down. The hood ornament was really cool. The wood panel with lots of rounded clusters and gauges was GP specific. Make mine with snow flake alloys, bucket seats, T-tops, Pontiac V8, performance rear gears, gauges and suspension upgrade.
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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchoman49 View Post
    I had a white LJ with small 4.3 Pontiac V8
    4.3L Pontiac V8?
    Didn't even know that engine existed until now, '80-81 only.
    Chevrolet had a 4.3L(262CID) V8 in the '70s.
    Oldsmobile had a 4.3L(260CID) version in the '70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prowlerjc View Post
    ^I never really understood that, either. A TPI Grand Prix would have been a good seller, IMO.
    A TPI 350 with auto or a TPI 305 with stick in that light chassis would've flown! Maybe the dual forward facing Pontiac hoodscoops would've been the better way to go over the shaker for a GTO. If only...
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    Quote Originally Posted by prowlerjc View Post
    A TPI Grand Prix would have been a good seller, IMO.
    Yeah, even the Monte SS was pretty lame with the carb'ed 305.

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    My buddy bought a new MCSS in '83 and that car hauled. It roared and rumbled like a real American V8 even with only a 3 speed auto. While it wasn't as fast as the best of the big blocks from a dozen years before, it was as quick or quicker than most small block musclecars back in the day. Even the front bench seat was cool with the SS embroidered with the headrests.
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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    Quote Originally Posted by T'Cal View Post
    it was as quick or quicker than most small block musclecars back in the day.
    That wasn't saying much but you have to consider the era.
    We raced a MCSS, Century T-type(FWD) and LeSabre coupe(FWD) all 86/87 models and the A-body with the 3.8L was by far the fastest.
    The MC would catch the LeSabre but not the Century and 0-50 the MC was way behind the FWD cars just ate it up.

    Don't get me wrong as I'm a fan of the G-bodies but it just was not a good time performance wise(excluding 86/87 turbo Regals).

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    Just to be clear, when I said, "back in the day," I meant in the hey-day of the late 60's & 70's, not the 80's. Most weren't the screamers that the magazines wrote about back then, and many of those test cars had special tuning.

    As for the '83-'88 MCSS' era, it ran with the muscle of its day, mid-15 second quarter miles, which was about the same as the 442, faster than base models the Z28 and Trans Am, but not as quick as the Mustang GT, Grand National, TPI F-bodies, or Corvette.
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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. Iowa.

    Hey I got one , but it is in calif. Pm Me .... Eric

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