- Body Type: Coupe
- Vehicle Location: USA
- Ref: JDQ1222
- 74,000 Miles
- Year Built: 1963
- Engine Size: 6.5L
- Trans: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Ext color: Saddle Bronze
- Int color: White/Bronze
TrueWest Imports is extremely thrilled to be able to offer for sale what is acknowledged as one of the nicest and best preserved 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix in existence!
At the end of the 1961 model year, with performance minded John DeLorean who was the head of Advanced Engineering at Pontiac and contributed to the development of the Grand Prix and GTO, the stage was set for the beginning of the true muscle car wars.
Pontiac’s first entry was the 1962 Grand Prix hardtop sports coupe, which was more of a high-powered personal car, like the Ford Thunderbird. However, instead of being a bit more relaxed than the T-Bird, the Grand Prix had a 305-hp, 389 cubic inch V-8. Bucket seats, a centre console, full instruments, and dual exhausts completed the package.
For 1963 the “GP” (as they are known) was restyled bumper to bumper, with more flowing fender contours, clean and smooth sheet metal except for “Grand Prix” lettering, a slight “Coke-bottle” shape plus mouldings for the rocker panels and wheel openings. The roof was unique for this year, and featured gracefully sculpted C-pillars which housed an interesting concave rear window exclusive to the GP in the Pontiac line-up. Sales more than doubled in 1963 and many buyers upgraded the performance package with the optional 3×2 “Tri-Power” carburettors on the 389 cubic inch V-8. With this setup, the engine put out 370 hp and the car could turn 0-60mph times of 6.6 seconds with 15.1-second quarter mile runs.
The “Tri” prefix refers to three individual Rochester 2G carburettors fitted to this particular series of engines. The centre one having normal fuel metering and control properties, while the outside two acting as secondaries, or “dumpers”, for full throttle application. Tri Power was an extra cost performance option allowing for more air/fuel to be inducted into the engine, as well as being visually attractive
It is not surprising then, that the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix is the most popular first-generation Grand Prix.
This wonderfully presented “GP” has received a high quality repaint in the factory original “Saddle Bronze” colour and looks stunning. The undercarriage is solid and the Pontiac-trademark split grille with “radical” vertical headlights, round parking lights and tail lights that were “hidden” by a tail panel with a special full width moulding look just as they did when new. Aside from the chrome grille, taillight covering and bumpers, chrome trim was limited to the lower rocker panels, wheel arches and roofline and all shine like new. Pontiac’s optional and gorgeous 8 lug wheels with integrated brake drums are in pristine condition.
The interior appears to be Original and is very, very nice. The bucket seats are upholstered in white Morrokide vinyl while the matching exterior coloured nylon loop-blend carpeting covers the floor and lower door panels. The centre console-mounted transmission shifter includes a storage compartment and a tachometer. The rear bench seat includes a centre fold-down armrest. The AM/FM radio comes with the extra cost option of the “Bi-Phonic” rear speaker. Also included in the interior package are a padded instrument panel, deluxe steering wheel, real walnut trim on the instrument panel, along with revised custom pedal trim plates. This beautiful vehicle also has ice cold air conditioning, “Throttle Mag” cruise control, power windows, an anti-glare rear view mirror and remote left hand side (driver’s side) exterior mirror. Everything works just as it should
The iconic and factory original (extra-cost option) 330 hp (250 kW) 389 cubic inch Tri-Power engine shows a mere 74,000 actual miles performs and looks as if it had just been driven off the dealership floor. The three-speed Roto Hydramatic gearbox mates precisely to the engine and changes through the gears smoothly and cleanly as you would expect with a vehicle of this calibre. With Pontiac’s optional “Safe-T-Track” differential (limited-slip differential) the GP handles superbly.
PHS (Pontiac Historic Services) documentation, window sticker and accessory brochure are also included with the purchase of this GP.
Today, the Pontiac Grand Prix is a stylish choice of 1960s car that carries with it much of the eyeball of its GTO counterpart. Together with the iconic 389 cu. in., Tri-Power engine this beautiful 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix imparts all of the thrill of a true muscle car. A vehicle of this calibre MUST increase in value in the coming years.
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