Pontiac Grand Am Origins
The midsize version of the Pontiac Grand Am was built during the 1970s in the main assembly plant located in Pontiac, Michigan, and at the GMAD Lakewood facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The compact car version of the Pontiac Grand Am was manufactured throughout its production life at the Lansing Car Assembly in Lansing, Michigan. It was the longest running automobile factory in the U.S., but it closed down along with the Grand Am. About the Pontiac Grand Am
The midsize Pontiac Grand Am was known for bringing European luxury and the sport sedan to the United States. It was also popular for its unique nose, known as the ‘Endura’ nose, which squeezed in a minor collision and returned to its original shape. The interior of the car was complete with elements that people could only find in European sports luxury sedans until then. This included Strato bucket seats with corduroy or vinyl, manual recliners, and adjustable lumbar supports. The car was also one of the first built in the U.S. that featured a turn-signal mounted headlight dimmer. This feature had only been available in imported cars in prior decades.
The Pontiac Grand Am was also popular as a compact car, as is evident from its 20-year production life. It was heralded as a value leader, providing several features, a sporty appearance, and decent performance at a reasonable price. Pontiac Grand Am Features
The 2005 model year Pontiac Grand Am was a part of the fifth generation that was released in 1999. The car was available in the following trim levels: SE, SE1, GT, and GT1. An SE2 trim level was also available, but was dropped in 2001. By the time production ended, the GT coupe was discontinued, and the SE version of the Grand Am was only available for fleets. This was because the Pontiac G6 had been introduced as a replacement for the Grand Am.
The high-end CD player in the Pontiac Grand Am was fitted with an MP3 player in 2004. On the outside, the Pontiac Grand Am SE model had a cleaner appearance when compared to its introduction in 1995, thanks to the removal of body cladding. A 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine powered the Grand Am starting in 2001. This engine was better than the 2.4-liter Twin Cam engine that powered the Grand Am before. Pontiac Grand Am Evolution
The Pontiac Grand Am was introduced as an American version of the popular European luxury sport sedans. The car was available as a two-door Colonnade coupe and a four-door Colonnade sedan. More than 43,000 models were sold during the first year of production. A 170 hp 6.5-liter V-8 was the standard engine for the car, but a 250 hp 7.4-liter engine was also available.
This generation of the Pontiac Grand Am looked almost the same during its three-year run in spite of several changes made on the inside and outside. For example, the vertical front grille bars were added on the outside in 1975, and a Maximum Mileage System was fixed to improve its fuel efficiency. However, the sales of the car kept plummeting because of its large size and weight, along with the availability of compact luxury cars and the oil crisis in the country.
The Pontiac Grand Am returned after three years in 1978, and was significantly smaller than its previous generation. A Pontiac 301 engine hid under the hood. This engine was a V-8 with a two-barrel carburetor and a power rating of 140 hp. A 155 hp four-barrel V-8 was also available as an option. A four-door sedan was initially offered, but was dropped by 1980, and only a two-door coupe stayed available.
The Pontiac Grand Am name came back after five years as a compact car. It was meant to replace the Pontiac Phoenix, which had not aged very well. The new Grand Am used the front-wheel drive platform that was used by the Oldsmobile Calais and Buick Somerset. The car was initially available in a base model and a high-end LE coupe. A 2.5-liter Tech IV engine came standard, while a 3.0-liter Buick V-6 was optional.
The fourth generation of the Pontiac Grand Am began in 1992 with a revised bodywork and interior. A 160 hp 3.3-liter V-6 option was available as an option, while the standard engine was a 2.3-liter inline-4 SOHC or DOHC.