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1973 Pontiac Grand Am Review
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Ive had my 73 G/A since 1985! I put nearly 100,000 miles on it, and it never let me down! Being it was a transitional year in GM, it has a superior handling frame, and new Radial tuned suspension. In simple terms, it handled just as good as the Trans Am! The only place it was lacking was the engine power! The government restrictions really cut the power down in 1973! But with a few easy mods, the car was shredding tires! Put in headers with a duel exhaust, a ram air 3 cam, and a 4 barrel and intake.. My Grand Am held together beautifully till 2004.. Then I was going to let a shop paint it.. They dismantled it, and went out of business! Now Im doing the job myself! With a few more upgrades.... I have a 600 horse Butler 474 going in, and changing it to a 4 speed.. The rear is the 8.5 10 bolt, but beefed up, and taller gears! The car is stripped down to its bare shell, I cant wait to have it finished.. Wish this was Overhaulin...lol
Looks/Style Ranked 1974 Pontiac Grand Am better.
"The 1973 was a 1 year only.. It had a specific frame, different bumper mounts than the 74-77.. Plus it has fender flares, the 74-77 dont.. I think the 1973 was the pinnacle of the Grand Ams!"
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"I would buy the 73 over the 74, I just love the styling better!"
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Cool And Rare — If you are looking for a classic to restore and enjoy that is way,way,off the beaten path, this may be your baby. While parts are harder to find, etc. this is a very rewarding car to restore and show due to it's rarity, it's uniqness, and it's swoopy, flowing lines. Pontiac cross bred the Grand Prix with the Trans Am to get Grand Am this year. They did this in response to Mercedes and BMW bringing cars that were performance AND luxury oriented to the US market. This was something new to Americans in those days. Cars were either sport or lux, but not both. With the GA, this market segment had an American made choice with better looks, at a better price. Driving this car is a treat, as there is nothing quite like looking out over that cool hood feeling the car launch onto the open road to freedom cruising. Hoods are so small and so sloped now, you are lucky to even see them ahead of you, and they are no big deal if you could see them. Remember "Pontiac builds Excitement" adds? They were true then. They became true with the G8 and Solstice again, but too late. The Chinese love Buicks. The American market sold more Pontiacs than Buick and Saturn combined, but China is the greater "up-side" market for the future, so....toss Pontiac into the garbage. GM is making weak attempts at Buick to build "performance" cars to try to attract Pontiac enthusiasts. Ha. I see nothing like my G8 GXP in anything but the Cadillac CTS-V at 1/3 more $$. Dodge Charger R/T is the rough equivalent to the G8. This is the first GA, and Pontiac is no more. Buy it, keep it. It will appreciate in value, unlike the stock market, the dollar, the real estate market,or business in the USSA. It would serve GM right if the USSA again resurges into the USA in economic dominance over the world. They would need Pontiac, and eat some crow.

Pros: I currently own this 1973 PMD Grand AM. The positives about owning one are: First Grand Am model ever made. Grand Am was Grand then. Mine has had a transplanted 455 cu.in. 1973 V8, which I had overbored to 472 cu.in. Flowed the heads and in the overhaul, installed hardened valve seats and guides to accept unleaded gas.There is great potential in these engines to make them what they should have been from the factory, but for the oil embargo and the formation of OPEC(ers). You can get this car with a 4-speed muncie transmission if you persist in the hunt.No catalytic converters to screw with, and real dual exhaust. The interior is very nice. Fryer's upholstery has the patterns to send you custom original seat covers(compliments of me) in any material you wish. There are no cars out there like this one. You will get plenty of looks and compliments on this car. The handling was markedly improved over the1972 model year through enlarged sway bars fore and aft, and better spring ratings, as well as other suspension modifications. athe net result is a large car by today's standards that handles and drives very well.

Cons: Parts stop at 1972 in the repo world. There are some carry-overs and there are some cross-reference parts from other makes that make this a challenge to restore. These cars are just beginning to be recognized as cool. This is a pro and a con. It costs more to restore as labor to rebuild or refurbish existing parts is more costly than getting cheap repo parts like for the million Camaros and Trans ams out there.

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What A Fun Car To Drive. — This was my first car - All American paint scheme, White with Red,White,Blue stripe. Originally a 6.5L car, I rebuilt twice and finally replaced with a 455HD. I certainly surprised my share of unsuspecting Camero's, Chargers, Mustangs, etc.. What a great machine to drive. It handled so well, with good rubber it could pin a corner till the oil pulled away from the pick-up in the pan. Eventually, I had to modify the oil-pan to accomodate my spirited driving in this car. Still own it. Someday I may restore it. I will always be a Pontiac fan - God rest PMD.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: amazing handling for a 4,000lb car, legendary Pontiac torque, well designed cockpit.

Cons: Heavy !!! Poly-front end - dries and cracks.

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The Car Rocks — biggest cahallenge to date . restoring a 73 -77 gm a-body car . no one makes hardly any reproduction parts for these cars. this is the ultimate 70's personal performace/luxuray car. high option car .the best thing on the build sheet is the optional 400/4brl dual exaust. thecar is nimble. sits up high and ablast to drive

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: nimble fast floats

Cons: lower body rust issues

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If You Find One, Buy It! — What a cool car this was. It was bright yellow. Had a very nice four-barrel, 400 engine in it. Very fast, very eye-catching. The first car I ever called my own. Lots of fun. I tore it up cause I was young and destructive and stoopid, but I wished I had kept it and restored it. It might be worth something. :)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fast, cool, old school muscle car.

Cons: Like 6 mpg, really!

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My First Car! — My very first car was a new 1973 Pontiac Grand Am 4-door sedan in Slate Green - one heck of a car for a high school student back then! (Only now do I appreciate how good I had it!) The emission-choked 400-4V engine was a shadow of Pontiac engines of only a few years before, but following the procedures in the Emission Control Bypass Manual (published in Michigan or Wisconsin) helped immensely. Handling and ride were exceptionally good for the day, with an excellent dash layout and very comfortable seats that provided good lateral support. The AM/FM/Stereo/8-track (remember 8-tracks?) was pretty good, too, with the antenna hidden in the windshield. On the downside, the trunk was small, and build quality wasn't something to rave about. Still, I kept the car for 11 years - it was arguably the most fun-to-drive SEDAN of its day. I note that after I got mine, two of my friends ALSO bought Grand Ams - one traded an almost-new Celica GT for a USED Grand Am - that says something!

Pros: Great ride and handling - a pleasure to drive.

Cons: Smogger motor was lacking, and build quality wasn't the best.

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Pontiac Grand Am 1973 — My 1973 Pontiac was a awesome car painted it 4 times going from white to 3 differrent reds 400 small block all refone new cards headers crager rims Bf goodrich white letters 50s smoked them off in 2 days detroit locher rear end 400 trani Gm obvioussly nice leather interior console tunes from the wahoo too many girls in the backseat. What a eye catcher motor done 385 horespower

Pros: sweet  steering performance car anti sway. o to 70mph in 6 seconds srteet car

Cons: front nose piece cracks. ie paint plastic

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The 73' Grand Am — LOVED this car, until my ex husband blew it up. This car was super fast.. 400 cid. God awful yellow, naughahyde seats, yellow yellow and more yellow. Reclining seats, super roomy... huge trunk, center console, automatic. Dual exhaust..endura front bumper..

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: This car moved!

Cons: Negative... rust spots...lol

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