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Mark White Grand Prix

Marc White's rare, big prize (Grand Prix) led the way
in styling and luxury for Pontiac in 1967.

Grand Prix with a 4-Speed

Three pedals and a long stick in the console tells one that this
is a sporty, luxury car with a performance flavor

Grand Prix Hidden Headlights

This composite photo shows how the Grand Prix headlights
looked open and closed.

by Eric White Wild About Cars staff - reprint with permission only

The 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible is a unique vehicle that introduced several firsts for Pontiac Motor Division. '67 is the first (and only) model year that Pontiac produced a drop-top GP. Of the 42,981 Grand Prixs built that year, only 5,856 were soft tops.

Among the three senior-size Pontiac models offering a convertible body style this year; the Catalina/2+2 and the Bonneville being the two others - the GP was the rarest and costliest. In fact, the only model that featured a higher base price than the GP convert in the 1967 Pontiac lineup was the Bonneville station wagon.

As it was since the inaugural year of Grand Prix production in 1962, the '67 version was based on the short wheelbase (121") Catalina-class body and chassis. As tradition also dictated, the GP was given its own special front and rear end styling treatments, setting it apart from the other large Pontiacs of that year.

A major portion of that uniqueness resulted from a Paul Deesen designed, hideaway headlight feature, another first for Pontiac. Vacuum-operated doors covered twin, horizontally arranged headlights located inside the split-loop front bumper.

Slotted turn indicator lamps were positioned in fender extensions above the outside corners of the bumper. The state of Pennsylvania decided that it did not like this new high-mounted turn signal, and required all '67 GP's sold in that state to utilize the Catalina's lower valence mounted front signal light system. Even though the front bumpers for all the B-body Pontiacs appear to be the same, the GP unit is not interchangeable with the other big Pontiacs.

The hideaway headlight system from the Grand Prix was also a standard feature on the Canadian-market Pontiac Grande Parisienne. The Grande Parisienne line-up included: a 2-door sport coupe, 4-door sport sedan, and 4-door station wagon, leaving the U.S. Grand Prix as the only Pontiac convertible with the distinctive vanishing headlights.

An additional first for all big-body '67 Pontiacs was a hideaway windshield wiper mechanism that stowed the wipers snugly under the trailing edge of the hood when not in use.

A fourth major first for the Pontiac line this year was the full-length door side glass - no "ventipanes"on the GP hardtop coupe. This advancement was introduced by Oldsmobile on its 1966 Toronado, and by Buick on its '66 Riviera. This feature did not make the grade for the GP convert because the windshield framework was not originally engineered to support itself without the additional stability provided by the door's wing vent frames. It would not be until the 1969 model year when all Pontiac convertibles lost this wing vent window . . .

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1967 Nickey 427 Camaro Road Test!

Car Craft Magazine tested one of the earliest conversions that allowed a 427 Chevy BB in a Camaro. Helped by the expertise of the famous Bill Thomas, Nickey stuffed the hot Corvette 427 in Camaros back in 1967 - actually well before others tried it. CC was surprised that the car handled well with the big engine in front, - when they got to the drag strip; "it was everything you could ask for . . ." They concluded: "The potential of this combination seems unlimited." You bettcha - with slicks, unmodified (incl. mufflers) it ran an 11.90 @ 119 MPH!

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A turbo-charged Buick big block Nailhead developing close to 600HP, sexy 4 Weber-carbed aluminum 215, and a full boogie Big Block Gen 2 455 that was the test bed for Stage 1 and 2 parts, were just a few of the engines featured. Take a walk with Hot Rod Magazine through Buick's lab and see some of the engines that did result in improvements and future tech pioneered by Buick even back in the day.

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