Introduced in 1962 as Pontiac’s version of the personal luxury car, the Grand Prix offered buyers the chance to get a good looking car with luxury appointments with the bonus of sporty performance – all wrapped up in an affordable package.
It was based on the Catalina platform (120 inch wheelbase) but with the trim level of a Grand Prix.
Following revised sheetmetal for the 1963 model year, the 1964 version you see here had just minor changes.
This particular car is fitted with the highly desirable eight-lug aluminum wheels.
The Grand Prix came standard with bucket seats and center console. The 1964 interior differed very little from the ’63 although the seats were now ribbed from front to rear rather than width-wise.
Under the hood they came with a 306 horsepower, 389 cubic inch Trophy V8 engine as standard. This car however, is now fitted with a later, 400 Pontiac motor.
A 3-speed manual was standard although for $231 they could be ordered with a Jetaway automatic transmission. It’s an option that the vast majority of buyers option for.
Power steering and power brakes were also optional at that time costing $108 and $43 respectively.
The Grand Prix was only available as a 2-door hardtop and had a base price of $3,499. A total of 63,810 were sold during the 1964 model year.