1970 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ 4 Speed
The Pontiac Grand Prix was first introduced by General Motors in 1962 as a personal performance oriented luxury car alongside its performance counterpart, the GTO. A little larger than the GTO and more luxurious, the Grand Prix was very well received by the public. The first generation lasted through the 1968 model year until Pontiac's general manager John DeLorean gave it a complete design overhaul for 1969 boosting sales to over 112,000 units. The new design was based on a slightly longer version of the G body frame and it had a new pronounced grille that is very distinctive. The new Grand Prix sought to deliver performance as attention-getting as its styling, with increased installation percentages for manual transmissions and engine options up to the 390 hp (290 kW) 428 HO. Most Grand Prixs were ordered with the usual 400 cubic inch V8 and an automatic, but there were a few high performance examples that are very sought after today. In 1970, Pontiac again gave the Grand Prix a slight face lift, but no major styling changes as it was in going from the 1968 to 1969 year. They offered a few different trim packages, the top of the line package being the "SJ" model harkening back to famed J and SJ Dusenbergs of the 1930's. The SJ included deluxe interior, full power and factor air conditioning. Only 3500 SJ's were produced in 1970 and out of the entire 1970 Grand Prix production (65,750 cars) only 637 cars, SJ and non SJ, were ordered with a 4 speed manual transmission. So the ultimate Grand Prix would be an SJ with the big 455 cubic inch engine and a 4 speed transmission!