Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The 1962 Grand Prix was introduced by Pontiac as a full-size model offering, and was one of the first luxury cars that still packed plenty of performance.
It’s size was a step down from the Bonneville.
The car was essentially a Catalina coupe with minimal outside chrome trim and a sportier interior. Inside were bucket seats separated by a center console including a floor shifter.
The standard engine was the Bonneville’s 303 hp 389ci V8 with 4-bbl carb and dual exhaust. The 389 Tri-Power with 3×2bbl and 318 hp, as well as two other higher-output 389s, was optional. Late in the model year, a ‘street’ version of the larger 421 (primarily a race engine) became available with a 1×4bbl and 320 hp. Pontiac also offered the 421 Super Duty with 2×4bbl rated at 405 hp.
Standard was a 3-speed manual with optional T-10 4-speed with Hurst shifter or 3-speed Roto Hydra-matic.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|389/370||6.6 sec||15.1 sec||n/a|
|Trophy V8||389ci||1x2bbl/1x4bbl||230hp/303hp||425 lb-ft|
|Trophy V8 w/ Tri-Power||389ci||3x2bbl||318 hp||430 lb-ft|
|389 V8 Trophy||389ci||1x4bbl/3x2bbl||333hp/348hp||n/a|
|421 SD||421ci||3x2bbl||370 hp/405hp||n/a|
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