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1973 Pontiac Grand Am

1973 Pontiac Grand Am

73 Grand Am. On Wellesley Island New York.1974.The nose of the car was made of soft rubbery stuff. The TV ads showed how you could crush it with a baseball bat and it would bounce back in shape. Unfortunately on its best day it only got 16 mpg highway. Kodakchrome 35mm slide. View full size.

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1973 Grand Am!

My parents had 3 cars in the early 1970's - when I was first driving. The newest was a 1973 Grand Am 4 dr in Admiralty Blue with a black interior. 400 V-8, 2 bbl, automatic transmission. But it was regarded as cool by my friends and the girls in my high school, so it was a huge plus to be driving. My parents kept the car until after I had graduated from college, then as an 8 year old 120k+ mile car they gave it to me to use in Madison where I was attending graduate school. It lasted to about 127K and then the increasingly frequent repairs made it infeasible to keep. I ended up selling it for $400, which was about the going rate for a set of the Rally II mag wheels it had. The next time I saw the car it was in the parking lot of a west side shopping mall, the Rally II wheels were gone (replaced with plain steel wheels and no hubcaps) and there was a massive Metallica sticker in the rear window along with other indications of its desecration. Nostalgic bubble popped!

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