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Rides from the Readers: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix

Today’s featured car is a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model SJ, boasting a 428-cubic-inch motor in the 370-horse trim (Pontiac also offered a 390-hp tune). The J and SJ designations actually hail from the 1930s Duesenbergs; John DeLorean, who oversaw the 1969 Grand Prix’s development as Pontiac’s general manager, wanted to evoke the luxury and power of the prewar beasts … with appropriately modern flair, of course. This olive green Grand Prix belongs to Brian Kelca.


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If you’re interested in the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ series, check out Scott Mancini’s unrestored Expresso Brown ride, dubbed “13K” for its original mileage.  The “Brown Beauty” is the recipient of numerous awards and MUSCLE CAR REVIEW Magazine did a well documented article on “13K” in their May 2019 issue.

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