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1973 Pontiac Grand Am

 

Who 'Dat?

 

Classic Pontiac GTO's Gulf Coast GTOs

 

Franks A-Body Pontiac Parts here!

 

 
 

Drivers side view of the  Pontiac Grand Am 1973

This sequence shows how the original Grand Am nose bounced back from impacts.

Image from 1973 Grand Am commercial.

Popular Hot Rodding Our 15 seconds of fame in the February 2007 issue.  Thanks PHR!

Popular Hot Rodding Our 15 seconds of fame in the February 2007 issue.  Thanks PHR! Our 15 seconds of fame in the January 2007 issue.  Thanks MCE!

Our 15 seconds of fame in the January 2007 issue.  Thanks MCE! 1973 Pontiac Grand Am ad

 

Prototype Grand Am design drawing

 

Sun Roof Option closed

 

Sun Roof Option open

 

Sun Roof Option closed

 

1973 Options & Accessories

 

1973 Grand Am - The 1st year only rear trunk and tailight configuration.

1973 - 75 GM A-Body 3rd Generation: The Grand Am Colonnade Coupe Debut

  • The 1973 Pontiac Grand Am started out in the development stages as a GTO.

    But the muscle era was drawing to a close and, very much aware of that, Pontiac decided to change the car's character. Instead of continuing to make the GTO a stoplight drag star, the next iteration was to be more European -- more along the lines of a luxury sport sedan. With that in mind, Pontiac designers and engineers examined Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Volvo as likely targets.

    To backtrack a little, the Grand Am concept originated in the Pontiac styling studio. At that time, all Pontiacs were designed in one studio under the direction of William L. (Bill) Porter. Working with him were his assistant, Wayne Vieira, plus senior designers Ted Schroeder, Charley Gatewood, and Geza Loczi. Dennis Barnes was a young modeler in the studio.

     

  • Last True GTO?
    Many enthusiasts feel that 1972 was the last of the true GTO's. It came back in 1973 as a Le Mans option. The Le Mans received a new body for 1973. The styling, especially the rear quarter panels and rear quarter windows, was noticeably different from the direction of previous Pontiac A-bodies. The GTO option was offered on the Le Mans coupe and sport coupe. The sport coupe had louvers instead of rear quarter windows.

    Big Engines Remain
    The two GTO engines remained the 400 and 455 V8s, but horsepower was down to 230 and 250, respectively. Compression had been dropped again to 8.1:1. The automatic transmission was the only one allowed with the 455, but the 400 could be ordered with a three- or four-speed manual transmission plus the automatic. All Le Mans options were available on the GTO. The two-door coupe accounted for 494 sales and the sport coupe attracted 4,312 customers for a total of 4,806 1973 GTO's.

 

  • The original Grand Am was introduced in the fall of 1972 as a 1973 model. It was based on the GM A-body platform along with other cars such as the Pontiac Le Mans, Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Chevelle, Buick Century, and the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The GM A-body platform had major design revisions in 1973 that included the elimination of pillarless hardtops due to proposed federal rollover standards, but with frame less windows similar to that of a hardtop. No convertibles were produced due to those same federal rollover standards (that never were enacted). In addition to federal emissions regulations that reduced performance, new federal standards required a 5 mph (8.0 km/h) impact-resistant front bumper and a 2.5 mph (4.0 km/h) impact-resistant rear bumper, which increased to 5 mph (8.0 km/h) for 1974.
    The Grand Am, coined by Pontiac with a name derived from two other cars in its lineup ("Grand" signifying "Grand Prix luxury" and "Am" for "Trans Am performance") was designed as American's answer to European luxury/sport sedans and available as a 4-door Colonnade sedan or a 2 door Colonnade coupe. 43,136 Grand Ams were built during the first year of production (both two door and four door models). The Grand Am could be had with a standard 400/2bbl engine, an optional 400/4bbl engine, or an optional 455/4bbl engine. The 400/2bbl, 400/4bbl, and 455/4bbl engines were available with a Turbo-hydramatic 400 automatic. A 4-speed manual transmission was available with the 400/4bbl engine in 1973 and 1974. It is unknown how many of the 1973 model year Grand Ams had the four-speed manual transmission, but it is estimated to be in the 600-900 range for 1973 and perhaps half that in 1974. The four speed manual transmission was available only with the 400/4bbl engine. All 400/2bbl and 455/4bbl equipped cars were automatics.
    Inside, the Grand Am came standard with Strato bucket seats upholstered in [Naugahyde] vinyl or corduroy cloth featuring recliners and adjustable lumbar support - both features common on European-style sports/luxury sedans but unusual for American cars of that time. Also included were an instrument panel from the Pontiac Grand Prix featuring a Rally Gauge Cluster with full instrumentation (tachometer optional), three-spoke steering wheel with large hub and Genuine Crossfire Mahogany trim on the dash facing, radio and clock surrounds, as well as the center console between the front seats (only 1973 models featured the "real" wood trim on the dash as it was replaced by simulated trim for 1974-75 due to reports of splintering, though the console retained the real wood for all three years). Grand Ams also were among the first U.S.-built cars to come with a turn-signal mounted headlight dimmer switch that had been common on imported cars for decades.
    Additionally, Grand Ams featured a Radial Tuned Suspension (RTS) as standard equipment which included the radial-ply tires, Pliacell shock absorbers and front and rear sway bars for improved ride and handling. This basic suspension tuning also came standard with the Grand Prix SJ option in 1973 and optional on two other Pontiac models that year including the full-sized Bonneville and the sporty Firebird. The Grand Am was one of only three GM cars to come standard with radial tires and appropriate suspension tuning in 1973 with the others being the Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon and Chevrolet Monte Carlo S.
    Pontiac also produced a single 1973 Grand Am station wagon as a feasibility study. This was a Le Mans wagon converted to a Grand Am.

     

  • The 1973 Pontiac Grand Am style had a unique flexible urethane front fascia, a total of 6 grille openings with vertical bars, round front turn signals, horizontal rear tail lights, and chrome rear bumper. All 1973-1975 Grand Ams were built at the Pontiac, MI assembly plant, which was the home plant of the Pontiac Motor Division. This basic GM A-body design remained until 1977.

 

    Functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System
    Engine view of the functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System was developed for the Pontiac A-bodies utilizing twin NACA openings in the hood

    A functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System was developed for the Pontiac A-bodies utilizing twin NASA openings in the hood, but the option was dropped due to inability to pass federally mandated drive-by noise standards. A few functional Ram Air systems were sold over the counter, but are extremely rare.

     

    The twin-scoop NASA hood was an option for any Pontiac A-body for all three years, but was non-functional.

    Nose view of  a functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System Close up of NACA Scoops for the functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System

    Closeup of engine-side hood structure mount of functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System

    Closeup of engine-side hood structure dual mount of functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System

    Air Cleaner and NACA hood structure mount of functional Grand Am Ram-Air Induction System

     

1973 Pontiac Grand Am Power Sun Roof Option (left)

 

1973-1975- 3rd Generation: The Last Pontiac Standard Block A-Body's

  • Engines
    • 1973-1975 400 in³ (6.5 L) V8 with 2-barrel carburetor (standard engine, others were optional)
    • 1973-1975 400 in³ (6.5 L) V8 with 4-barrel carburetor
    • 1973-1974 400 in³ (6.5 L) V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed (not available in California)
    • 1973-1975 455 in³ (7.4 L) V8 with 4-barrel carburetor
  • Notes:
    • 1973 engines may have point or unitized ignition.
    • A SD-455 equipped engineering prototype Grand Am was built, but was dismantled and destroyed.
    • 1974 engines may have point or unitized ignition or starting around May 1, 1974, HEI.
    • 1975 engines have HEI.
    • 1975 was the first year for the catalytic converter.
  • All 1973-1975 Grand Ams were built at the Pontiac, MI assembly plant, which was the home plant of the Pontiac Motor Division. This basic GM A-body design remained until 1977.

 

1973 Grand Am

 

1973 Grand Am - the 1st ever.

 

1973 Grand Am on the cover of Pontiac News for 1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 Pontiac Grand Am 4-Door

1973: Grand Am Number One

  • 1973 Grand Am's Pontiac's great American/European nose job was exclusive to the Grand Am. This pliable rubber-like material was painted body color and was designed to rebound after minor bumps. Endura it was called in 1973 but it was not nearly as hard the Endura noses of the GTOs and Firebirds that came before it. All 1973-1975 Grand Ams were built at the Pontiac, MI assembly plant, which was the home plant of the Pontiac Motor Division. This basic GM A-body design remained until 1977.

 

1973 Grand Am Dash - Drivers view.

 

1973 Grand Am Prototype Wagon Creation: The One and Only Existing

  • Pontiac Engineering originally ordered a Lemans wagon and had it rebuilt to Grand Am specifications. The front fascia, suspension, full interior, custom rear seats, and other details reflected the tenor of Grand Am coupes and sedans. Link: 1973 GA Wagon

    1973 Grand Am Prototype Wagon

    1973 Pontiac Grand Am 4 Door Sedan (left & below)
    1973 Pontiac Grand Am 4-Door

1974 - continuation of the 1st generation.

 

Grand Am All American rear 3/4 view with spoiler

 

Grand Am All American front 3/4 view with wheel spats

 

1974 Pontiac Grand Am 4 door

1974: Grand Am Number Two

  • 1974 Grand Am's:The 17,083 1974 Grand Ams had a refined front urethane fascia with a redesigned nose and grille with 12 openings with horizontal bars. The rear end styling was redesigned for the new 1974 5mph crash standards and had vertical rear taillights.

  • Grand Am All American Collectible Auto Magazine wrote: "Pontiac hit the auto show circuit in '74 with a special Grand Am dubbed the All American. The high-profile flag-waver was painted white and featured red and blue striping not only along the hood, but also in a continuous line that ran over the rocker panels, and specially flared wheel openings. A steel sunroof and white honeycomb style wheels also were part of the car's top-to-bottom reworking. The red, white, and blue theme was continued inside where the white upholstery bore bold stripes both front and back. Big decals on the rear quarter panels identified the All American to passersby, and the deck sported a a bold wedge-shaped spoiler. Some of the showmobile's (Grand Am All American) distinctive parts were reprised on a limited-run Can Am version of the Le Mans Sport coupe in 1977."

 

Grand Am All American

 

1975 - Rear view of the last of the 1st generation Grand Am.

 

1975 Pontiac Grand Am front image.

 

1975 Pontiac Grand Am movie car

1975: Grand Am Number Three

  • 1975 Grand Am's. While the vertical taillight treatment was introduced in '74, the body-colored rear bumper was new for '75. Louvered rear quarter windows were standard on Grand Am coupes, while a formal rear window (AB8) was a no-cost option. The CB1 Landau top added $99 to the price tag. By the time the first-generation Grand Am was discontinued in 1975, rising fuel prices had made the public more aware of the importance of fuel economy. The combination of numerically lower rear axle ratios (to improve fuel economy) and 1975 federal emissions standards all but killed performance, which was the final nail in the coffin for the muscle car era. Although designed to compete with European sport/luxury sedans, the Grand Am was considerably larger and heavier than its intended imported competition which was more in the size and weight class of U.S. built compacts - and much bigger than the largest cars built in most nations outside of North America. Detroit also began to offer upgraded luxury compacts such as the Ford Granada, Mercury Monarch and even Pontiac's own Ventura SJ, along with the similar-bodied Chevrolet Nova LN, Buick Skylark S/R and Oldsmobile Omega Salon. They offered similarly luxurious interior appointments and improved suspension, but in smaller packages better designed to challenge the imported sedans. Furthermore, the Grand Am's Radial Tuned Suspension (RTS) package that was unique when the Grand Am was introduced in 1973 would become optional equipment on all other Pontiac and GM models in 1974 and made standard equipment throughout most car lines by 1975, (around this time the automotive industry was switching to radial-ply tires) so the Grand Am's lost yet another bit of uniqueness. The 1975 model looked the same as the 1974 model, but had vertical front grille bars, a body-colored rear bumper, and a single-exhaust catalytic converter. 10,679 were built in 1975 and was the last year for the first generation Grand Am due to declining sales and rising gas prices as a result of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. All 1973-1975 Grand Ams were built at the Pontiac, MI assembly plant, which was the home plant of the Pontiac Motor Division. This basic GM A-body design remained until 1977.

1973-1977- 3rd Generation: The Last Pontiac Standard Block A-Body's

  • The 1977 Pontiac Can Am started out in the development stages as a Grand Am.

    1977 Can Am by Pontiac 1977 Can Am page here

 

 

 

This illustration of the "taillights under bumper design" provide a possible 1973-1977 factory rear bumper to a custom conversion idea.

 

1973 Grand Am - The 1st year only rear trunk and tailight configuration.

 

John Perkins: 1970 GTO proposal precursor of production 1973 Grand Am design?

 

1973 Grand Am - The 1st year only rear trunk and tailight configuration.

 

 

1960's to early 1970"s Pontiac Design: Jack Humbert Design Team

  • From the November 2009 High Performance Pontiac Magazine article: Jack Humbert - The Unsung Hero of Pontiac Design This illustration of the "taillights under bumper design" provide a possible 1973-1977 factory rear bumper to a custom conversion idea. Many thanks to High Performance Pontiac and Jeff Denison, Lead Digital Designer, GM Division. Images Courtesy of GM and Renderings Courtesy of John Perkins. (Click on image below for Larger image)

This illustration of the "taillights under bumper design" provide a possible 1973-1977 factory rear bumper to a custom conversion idea.

 


 

John Perkins: 1970 GTO proposal precursor of production 1973 Grand Am design?

  • In the November 2009 High Performance Pontiac Magazine article: Jack Humbert - The Unsung Hero of Pontiac Design, for me, this rendering illustrates the design eventually used for the production 1973 Grand Am taillight assemblies. Obviously, this was prior to the 1973 Bumper Crash standards, necessitating the addition of those large rear bumpers used on the production LeMans, GTO's and Grand Am's. Many thanks to High Performance Pontiac and Jeff Denison, Lead Digital Designer, GM Division. Images Courtesy of GM and Renderings Courtesy of John Perkins. (Click on image below for Larger image)

 

John Perkins: 1970 GTO proposal precursor of production 1973 Grand Am design?

 

 

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None Murray Simon Creation

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None TachRev.com Creation

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None TachRev.com Creation

 

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of-None Murray Simon Creation

  • The longtime 1973 - 1975 Pontiac Grand Am Enthusiast and Collector, Murray Simon, has created a "One-of-None" 1973 Grand Am Convertible using photo editing software. This creation evokes "what if?" conversations as to what could have been. Interestingly, as mentioned previously here, the GM A-body platform had major design revisions in 1973 that included the elimination of pillarless hardtops due to proposed federal rollover standards, but with frame less windows similar to that of a hardtop. (No convertibles were produced due to those same federal rollover standards - that never were enacted). Many thanks to Murray Simon for sharing his creation using our 1973 Pontiac Grand Am as his model.

 


 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of-None TachRev.com Creation

  • Continuation of the "What if?" the 1973 - 1975 Pontiac Grand Am Convertilbe was created and available as a option model by General Motors. The two additional images were created by TachRev.com using photo editing software. Again, these creations evoke "what if?" conversations as to what could have been. Interestingly, as mentioned previously here, the GM A-body platform had major design revisions in 1973 that included the elimination of pillarless hardtops due to proposed federal rollover standards, but with frame less windows similar to that of a hardtop.(No convertibles were produced due to those same federal rollover standards - that never were enacted). Perhaps an enthusiast will take this design idea and create another enthusiast One-of-None creation such as the convertible 1970's Grand Prix, 4-speed 1970's Grand Prix and 4-speed 1977 Can Am all created by individual Pontiac enthusiasts. All utilizing available factory mechanisms and parts, making their creations seemingly appear as factory equipped. (Larger images below)

 

 

 

This phantom drawing shows the Team Associates Grand Am was outfitted for stock car racing.  (Larger image below.)

 

Collectible Automobile Magazine October 1996 article by Michael Lamm May 1973 Motor Trend article by Eric Dahlquist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Very Rare 1973 Grand Am stock car driven by Houston Texan H.B. Bailey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from a racetrack background scene from the 1973 movie Fox Movie "The Last American Hero".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The train passes loaded with cars including two 1973 Grand Am's: (1) White and followed by (1) Silver with Burgundy Vinyl Roof. Estimate is that the train was moving about 45mph in the background, hence the poor quality of the car image(s). Image(s) Courtesy Fox Movie Classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974 Daytona 500 Pace Car Pontiac LeMans

 

1973 Grand Am NASCAR: Team Associates Nascar Grand Am racer

  • Herb Adams was known as one of the extreme engineers at Pontiac, as an independent contractor, who successfully pursued racing applications, performance upgrades and modifications for various Pontiacs throughout the 1970's. Some of these engineering pursuits became original equipment on Pontiacs, such as the original WS6 Performance Handling Package option on the 1978 and 1979 Pontiac T/A's.

     

    According to the October 1996 Collectible Automobile article by Michael Lamm:

     

    From the article text - "Now, with the Grand Am, they had their sights on the big time, notably NASCAR. They qualified and ran at Riverside in January 1973, starting and finishing 14th with no brakes at the end of that race. They then tried Daytona after jumping through a an inordinate number of NASCAR inspection and qualification hoops, only to have their car blow a head gasket after qualifying at 169 mph; its 366-cid V-8 had too much compression. With that, and no major sponsors in sight, the team retired its gloss black Grand Am #69."

 

    From the image text - "A group of competition-oriented Pontiac engineers known as Team Associates wanted to turn the new Grand Am into a NASCAR racer. They nearly made it too; qualifying the car for Daytona at 169 mph before the special 366-cid engine blew a cylinder head gasket. This phantom drawing shows the Grand Am was outfitted for stock car racing."

    Here! Here!

    The 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Pontiac Grand National sedan racer main pages link.

    Team Associates Nascar Grand Am racer link here. 1973 Nascar Grand Am here

     


 

1973 Grand Am Stock Car

  • A very rare 1973 Grand Am stock car owned and operated by Houston Texan H.B. Bailey. A Very Rare 1973 Grand Am stock car driven by Houston Texan H.B. Bailey.

    Grand National / Winston Cup 1973 Grand Am owner & driver Herring Burl 'H. B.' Bailey

 


 

NEW 1973 Pontiac Grand Ams on RailCar in the Movie: "The Last American Hero"

  • Image captures from background scene from the 1973 Fox Movie Classic "The Last American Hero". Taken from a racetrack background scene from the 1973 movie Fox Movie "The Last American Hero".
  • Rail cars pass in the background loaded first with - then new - 1973 Mopars then followed by cars loaded with Cadillacs and Pontiac Grand Am's on the way to delivery.

    The train passes loaded with cars including two 1973 Grand Am's: (1) White and followed by (1) Silver with Burgundy Vinyl Roof. Estimate is that the train was moving about 45mph in the background, hence the poor quality of the car image(s). Image(s) Courtesy Fox Movie Classics.

  • The movie was written about Junior Johnson's life before and up to his 1st days of racing in the early junior league and NASCAR circuits. The credits of the movie show that Junior was involved in the production and technical content editing consulting for this movie about his life.

  • The movie description on FOX - ' "The Last American Hero": Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine (1973) A North Carolina moonshiner becomes a professional stock-car racer to raise money to free his jailed father. Based on Tom Wolfe's profile...' Image(s) Courtesy Fox Movie Classics.
  • Near the end of the movie "Junior" finally makes the big time and win's "The Big Race". It is in the background of that race where there is a railline which passes by the back straight grandstands. A racing scene develops with an un-noticed freight train passing. The train passes loaded with cars including two 1973 Pontiac Grand Am's: (1) White and followed by (1) Silver with Burgundy Vinyl Roof. These cars were new at the time of the movies' production in early 1973. It is estimated that the train was moving about 45mph in the background of this original analog version of the 1973 movie, hence the poor quality of the car image(s). Image(s) Courtesy Fox Movie Classics.

 


 

1974 Daytona 500 Pace Car: 1974 Pontiac LeMans

  • 1974's Daytona 500 Pace Car was a Pontiac LeMans (Image below). The lightbar is a Federal Signal Twin Beacon Ray, also known as a Visibar. 1974 Daytona 500 Pace Car Pontiac LeMans

 

 

 

 

 

Full size image link here.

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Photo by Pat Blair

 

 

 

Super Stock & Drag Illustrated March 1973. The cover reads "Mickey Thompson and Butch Maas debut their radical Pontiac Grand-Am funny car, powered by a 540 cubic inch blown hemi and destined to make big waves in the '73 racing season." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey Thompson's 1973 Grand Am Funny Car - TACHREVING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dave Sano throws the victory signs from the escape hatch from  his '73 Grand Am Funny Car on the cover of March 2009 Drag Racer Mag.com

Dave Sano throws the victory signs from the escape hatch from his 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Bodied Funny Car on the cover of the March 2009 Drag Racer Magazine

aka: www.dragracermag.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973-75 Grand Am Funny Cars:

  • The Pontiac Grand Am Mystique continues thanks to these "Plastic Fantastic" Grand Am "Floppers"


Original Plans: The M/T Revelleader by Ron Pellegrini Drag Racing Picture of the Day!

    Drag List.com direct link here!
    Drag List For this special drawing, have posted it both in their standard 468 pixel format and FULL SIZE. Click on the photo to see Ron's full size drawing.

    "The original Revelleader drawing submitted to Mickey Thompson, returned with his notes.
    Click image to see the full size drawing. Drawing by Ron Pellegrini

    Check THIS out, folks. This is possibly the rarest thing we've ever shown at The Drag Racing List -- Ron Pellegrini's original drawing for Mickey Thompson's revolutionary Revelleader Pontiac Grand Am funny car. In this version, Ron has submitted the drawing to M/T, who has returned it with comments. Thanks to Ron Pellegrini for honoring us with this rare find. For this special drawing, we have posted it both in our standard 468 pixel format and FULL SIZE. Click on the photo to see Ron's full size drawing. bp"

     

    "Here's Ron: I thought that you might enjoy seeing this old drawing of the Pontiac funny car body that I built for Mickey Thompson with some of Mickey's comments on it. Ron Pellegrini"

    Image and text courtesy DragList.com

    Early 1973 and Late 73-74 Design

     

Mickey Thompson's Grand Am Funny Car

  • The last 1970's Mickey Thompson Funny Car Body was a Pontiac Grand Am (Images below).

 

    Full size photo link here!

    © Auto Imagery

 

Mickey Thompson's Revelleader Grand Am Funny Car

    www.70sfunnycars.com link here!MICKEY THOMPSON - THE FAST LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF A RACING LEGEND by Erik Arneson with Forward by Danny Thompson. (Book Sleeve Front)

    Courtesy http://www.70sfunnycars.com/lost.html Currently located in Oregon is an interesting compilation of 70s Mickey Thompson funny cars rolled into one. According to Pat Blair at Thompson's Motorsports Inc in Eugene, "The reason the car is here is because Lyndy Thompson owns the shop. She has no plans to do anything with the car, it was her dads and so she plans on keeping it (Don't ask... it's not for sale). She also has four other cars of her dads; the Revelleader is the only drag race car. The cost is too much to try and restore any of them. Pictured is what the car looks like now which is what it looked like when she picked it up in LA from her dad's estate in 1990. One thing to note on the Revelleader is the chassis it is sitting on is from Mickey Thompson's 1970 Maverick funny car which had been wrecked. When we got the chassis it was twisted so bad I had to cut it apart to straighten it out."(REVELLEADER Photo above and info courtesy of Pat Blair) More M/T Link here for NHRA Drag Race Museum display of M/T Race Creations


    Super Stock & Drag Illustrated March 1973

    Super Stock & Drag Illustrated March 1973. The cover reads "Mickey Thompson and Butch Maas debut their radical Pontiac Grand-Am funny car, powered by a 540 cubic inch blown hemi and destined to make big waves in the '73 racing season."
    Super Stock & Drag Illustrated March 1973. The cover reads "Mickey Thompson and Butch Maas debut their radical Pontiac Grand-Am funny car, powered by a 540 cubic inch blown hemi and destined to make big waves in the '73 racing season." This Issue Includes: Lions Last Drag Race Coverage; Plymouth 'Cuda 340 Test and Feature; Pinto 289 V-8 Swap; Don Carlton's Mopar Missile Pro Stock Feature; Mickey Thompson's Revelleader Grand -Am Funny Car Feature; Stone Woods & Cooke Swindler IV Mustang Funny Car Feature; Dave Bowman's California Stud Rear-Engined Vega Funny Car Color Photo and Feature; Dennis Fowler's Rat Trap Plymouth Satellite Funny Car Feature and Center Spread Photo; Kelly Brown and Glenn Way's Wonder Wagon Funny Car Feature; Fenton Charger Funny Car Feature; plus more useful technical articles, witty editorial and gorgeous car features. This is a jammed-packed issue full of 70's Funny Cars.

    The Mickey Thompson 1973 Grand Am Revelleader Nose view below

    Mickey Thompson's 1973 Grand Am Revelleader Nose view

     

    Linked to 70sfunnycars.com - check it out!

     

     

  • Revell Grand Am Funny Car Model Kit (Below) Built Scale Model of Mickey Thompson’s Grand Am Revelleader Funny Car Top Fuel Dragster.  Image source Tim Claremont’s Grand Am Registry.

    Mickey Thompson's 1973 Grand Am Funny Car - TACHREVING!

     


Dave Sano's "Screamin' Insanity" 1974 Grand Am Nostalgia Funny Car

  • RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008"
  • January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip

     

  • Thanks to the January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip:

     

    From the image text - "Dave Sano's '74 Grand Am NHRA nostalgia Funny Car has gone over 200 mph and earned many timeslips in the mid-6s. A limited amount of these Funny Cars were produced in 1973, and one was campaigned by Mickey Thompson. For the VMP event, Dave performed exhibition racing running in the 7s and wowed the crowd with his smoky burnouts."

 

    For the complete article text link here - 5th Annual PY Pontiacs In The Park - Racing And Placing
    PY Pontiacs In The Park" Returns For A Fifth Year
    writer: Christopher R. Phillip
    photographer: Christopher R. Phillip

    http://www.highperformancepontiac.com/events/hppp_0901_5th_annual_py_pontiacs_in_the_park/index.html

     

    The 1974 Pontiac Grand Am Pontiac Nostalgia Funny Car racer main pages link.

    January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip January 2009 High Performance Pontiac article RACING and PLACING "PY Pontiacs in the Park 2008" written & photographed by Christopher R. Phillip 1974 NHRA Grand Am here

    Dave Sano's '73 Grand Am Funny Car March 2009 Drag Racer Mag.com Dave Sano's '73 Grand Am Funny Car. March 2009 Drag Racer Mag.com here

     

    Randy Fish starts his article text with:

    "Back in the '60s, all the custom and rod magazines used the word "sano" to describe sanitary workmanship. It was just one of those special slang terms created and embraced by the gearhead culture. Here, it happens to be the last name of a diehard body and paint professional from New Jersey, whose passion for drag racing (and Funny Cars in particular) has made this story possible. Dave Sano's sanitary '73 Pontiac Grand Am Funny Car is spectacular in its own right with its stunning paint and graphics, but we also have to give credit to the creative photography supplied by our good friend, Dave Milcarek. Throughout his career, Milcarek has continued to push the envelope and his efforts have resulted in countless images that are unforgettable."

     

    Dave Sano throws the victory signs from the escape hatch of his 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Bodied Funny Car on the cover of the March 2009 Drag Racer Magazine. Read more about Dave's Funny Car in the March 2009 Drag Racer Magazine.

     

     

     

     

     

 

Our 1973 Pontiac Grand Am

 

Rear view of our 1973 Pontiac Grand Am

 

Reprise: Our 1973 Pontiac Grand Am 

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None TachRev.com Creation

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None Murray Simon Creation

 

1973 Grand Am Convertible: A One-of- None TachRev.com Creation

This sequence shows how the original Grand Am nose bounced back from impacts.

 

GTO Main 1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen 4th Gen

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Grand Am link!

 

  • Click here for Horst Fiedlerhs' 1st Gen Grand Am Website. f for Horst Fiedlerhs' 1st Gen Grand Am Website.

 

  • Click here for the Great 1973-1977 A-Body site!

 

  • The best source for Body and Trim Restoration Parts for your 1973-1975 Grand Am:  MOTOREALM!

    The best source for Body and Trim Restoration Parts for your 1973-1975 Grand Am: MOTOREALM!

 

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