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Pontiac Grand Ville (1974)


Pontiac Grand Ville (1974)

Pontiac, like many manufacturers, had reduced the number of performance models drastically by the mid-1970s. It had also reduced the number of convertibles it produced down to just one car (from six in the mid-1960s): the Grand Ville. Car peaked in size in the mid-1970s and the Grand Ville was no exception, being just short of 19ft (5.8m) in length and 6.5ft (2m) wide. For the first lime ever the cars were fitted with radial tyres, a major development in road (Holding and safety, and as such the Grand Ville got RTS (Radial Tuned Suspension). Another first was the 5mph (8km/h) fenders which could absorb impacts up to the dial speed, while a final bow was the use of leaded fuel which at least gave a modest horsepower increase to the 455ci (7.4-liter) engine. Luxury equipment Included the power hood, double bench for six passengers, wood veneer and sound system.

Pontiac Grand Ville (1974) Specifications

Top speed:124 mph (198 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):7.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:455 ci (7,456 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:250 bhp (186 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:370 lb ft (502 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,476 lb (2,034 kg)
Economy:11 mpg (3.89 km/I)
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