1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

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    1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!



    The 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix represented outstanding accomplishments of designers, stylists, and engineers. With classic appeal, distinctive lines impeccable details, and aerodynamic efficiencies of the future, the Grand Prix presents the look of tomorrow.

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

    The future, ha! Boy, they didn't see the 1988 GTP coming, did they? Anyhow, as much as t-tops leak, those looked pretty neat on the GP. I'm so used to seeing them on old Monte's, but I never see the GP ones. Those seats (on the t-top) looked pretty futuristic, I'll give them that. Boy, do these videos make me appreciate the strides designers are making today.

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    A pleasant seat belt warning chime....LOL!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rueben44 View Post
    A pleasant seat belt warning chime....LOL!!!
    better than the "holy crap it's going to blow" buzzer of before!

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

    I remember liking the simplicity of that design, a neighbor had one.

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    Fog machines ROCK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smith7629 View Post
    Fog machines ROCK!
    Especially when they briefly transform your Grand Prix into a cheesy 80s couple dancing - and then back to your Grand Prix.

    Ahhh....the 1980s - it's what happened as a result of the 70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormHunter77 View Post

    Ahhh....the 1980s - it's what happened as a result of the 70s.
    oh man im stealing this!
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    designed for the future ........ then ford had to bring out the Taurus in 86

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

    Wow, that was a great trip down memory lane! I remember those very well as I was just a sophomore in high school. I would have never guess back then that I would own a GP now. It even has a 3.8l as well, however it's s/c'd. Back then though, I preferred the Monte, Cutlass and Regal over the GP. If I get my way, I will end up with a Regal GS next though!

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    I took notice of the artist sketches in the video. I saw alot of Buick Riviera inspiration in the original GP design drawings.

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

    What was Pontiac supposed to be back then, who was supposed to buy a Pontiac? Clearly their wasn't much excitement going on. I think the only sporty car they had at that point was the Chickenhawk.

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    Re: 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix -YES, this is the one!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    What was Pontiac supposed to be back then, who was supposed to buy a Pontiac? Clearly their wasn't much excitement going on. I think the only sporty car they had at that point was the Chickenhawk.
    Spot on. Pontiac eventually died partly because what had started right about this time, they lost their identity as a true performance division. This video talks about the Grand Prix being insulated, quiet, and smooth..... Until the late 70s Pontiacs were loud, fast, and hard rockin!!!! You'd NEVER find velour seats and acoustical insulation in a 70s Grand Prix. They were big and luxurious, but they were fast and high performance too.

    Pontiac should have saved this crap for Buick and Cadillac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastball View Post
    Spot on. Pontiac eventually died partly because what had started right about this time, they lost their identity as a true performance division. This video talks about the Grand Prix being insulated, quiet, and smooth..... Until the late 70s Pontiacs were loud, fast, and hard rockin!!!! You'd NEVER find velour seats and acoustical insulation in a 70s Grand Prix. They were big and luxurious, but they were fast and high performance too.

    Pontiac should have saved this crap for Buick and Cadillac.
    Building a "Brougham" version as the top of the line for nearly every car GM built at the time didn't help either.

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    Sounded like Otter from Animal House was doing the narrative.
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