Hopefully, the admirers of GM’s W-human body ’80s/’90s intermediates can forgive us, but we experienced really a great deal neglected — or had hardly ever really known — that a person of the ways that era’s Pontiac Grand Prix bathed alone in glory was by serving as the pace automobile for the Daytona 500. In fact, the Grand Prix paced NASCAR’s marquee race each calendar year from 1988 to 1992, and yet again in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.
That 1st yr, 1988, the Grand Prix was all-new, generating its debut on the W-entire body system. It was also Motor Development‘s motor vehicle of the calendar year. The 1988 Daytona 500 marked the 17th 12 months in a row that a Pontiac was chosen to set the rate but the very first time a entrance-wheel-travel car or truck was so honored. The ’88 Grand Prix followed a spate of Pontiac Trans Ams.
This ’88 Grand Prix, for sale suitable now on eBay Motors, is presented as an precise speed car, though followers could get a total established of rate automobile decals for their incredibly have GP. The speed vehicle is primarily based on that year’s leading-spec Grand Prix, the SE. In spot of the regular car’s 2.8-liter V6, however, the rate car uses a modified 3.1-liter V6, which is hooked to a 5-velocity guide transmission. This Grand Prix is usually mainly normal fare excepting the roof-mounted light bar, the switches for which are found future to the radio. The mechanical odometer tucked into the digital instrument cluster demonstrates just in excess of 5,000 miles, and presumably, not all of them were being acquired on the substantial-banked oval.
With 4 times to go in the auction, bidding sits at $4,000 with the reserve unmet. Even though the reserve is unknown, one particular clue is that this Grand Prix experienced been shown by a basic-auto dealership in Pennsylvania for $18,500.
Moreover the debut of the W-human body Grand Prix tempo auto, the 1988 race is also noteworthy for its remaining lap: Bobby Allison held off his son, Davey Allison, to get the checkered flag, with the father-son duo having fun with a 1-2 finish.
Now, who wishes to re-reside people Grand Prix glory times? Get on your Pontiac and ride!