9-Second Old School Pontiac Grand Prix

April 20th, 2021

With a best elapsed time of 9.487-seconds @ 144 mph in the quarter-mile, this is not your typical seventies J-Body. Believe me when I tell you, this car comes from a time when pollution concerns were huge, and horsepower was largely overlooked. The factory 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix, with a 6.6-liter small block engine, was capable of producing only 170hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. However, what the Poncho lacked in horsepower, it more than made up for in style and comfort. Despite being a coupe, the Grand Prix offered ample space – even for a very large man.

Owner Mike Slaviero’s family purchased this car new, and it has remained in his family ever since. It has been a race car for many years, but a recent update really captured our attention. The old cast iron 455 was removed and a BES built Pontiac 535 cubic-inch mill took its place. It is naturally aspirated with a QuickFuel carburetor and a Fuel Lab fuel supply/regulator setup. The transmission is a built TH400 automatic. It has Weld wheels with 10.5-inch (wide) rear tires. The old girl tips the scale at 3,900-pounds.

The interior is factory – with the exception of a full roll cage, no windshield wipers and no climate control. The exterior is immaculate – with the exception of the bulging hood – and the exhaust note is positively wonderful. Great car.

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