Thursday, August 19, 2010

1986 1/2 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe

Are you looking for a rare domestic classic, one that over time will appreciate in value?

If so, this could be the car for you. The Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe was a NASCAR homologation special. Somewhere between 1118 and 1225 were built in 1986. (There are all sorts of productions numbers being thrown around 'net. The numbers 1118 and 1225 come up often though, so I figure one of the two is probably correct.) The story goes that after seeing their cars being consistently beaten by the Ford Thunderbird, GM created this car (along with the Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe) to reverse that trend.

All 2+2 Aerocoupes were painted silver over gray, had an "aero" nose, a bubble rear window, a fiberglass trunk and a spoiler.

A 305ci V8 powered this car. Not exactly a rocket, the engine only put out 165 HP. Power went to the ground via a 4 speed automatic. This car was a "no option" car, meaning each and every one of them is the same.

As I've written many times in the past, I am not qualified to predict the future value of any car. However, given that the Pontiac brand is no longer with us and the fact that so few of these cars were produced, I would say this car should appreciate in value over the next few years. Will it be worth big bucks? Probably not. A car with a 165 HP engine is not the type of car collectors dream about, but I doubt you'll ever see them priced any lower than this one is now.

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4 comments:

longrooffan said...

I'm pretty sure these were still rear wheel drive in 1986. If memory serves me correctly, Pontiac switched to front wheel drive with the next generation Grand Prix in either 1988 or 89. Still a rare and desirable car though. Thanks for the great blog.

Just A Car Geek said...

You are correct. I've made the appropriate changes. Thanks!!

Dave

Jon said...

I think for a reasonably priced limited run Pontiac, I would seek out a 1977 Can Am. The numbers manufactured are close to that of the Aerocoupe.

The NASCAR rear window treatment of the Aerocoupe certainly gives it a racing heritage, but the "mullet factor" is too much for me to live with.

On the other hand it is far more appealing than the rear glass of the limited run Toronado XS.

Anonymous said...

I've heard both numbers as well, but all of them were identical, except one; Richard Petty had one in factory black...