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The 1981-1986 Grand Prix was beautiful, and got increasingly better through this span of years, ultimately adding the 4.3 TBI Vortec V6 (though the 4.3 Pontiac 265 c.i. V8 was a nice little engine as well).

I always thought there was a big gap between the Cutlass and the Grand Prix, but in these years, the Grand Prix was catching up (but didn't completely catch up, IMHO). Of these models (1981-1987ish), my ranking would be: Cutlass, Grand Prix, Regal, Monte Carlo.

But, back to the GP:

the rear lights with the taper out where it met the bumper were great, the fender sculpting was not too much/not too skimpy, the grille was clean (w/ or w/o hood ornament), the dash was really interesting when the circles had actual gauges, and the interior finishes, especially in the Brougham or LJ, were plush and comfortable.

I've driven one or two and, true to Pontiac form, it handled a little better than the others, with the Regal having the vaguest handling of the quartet during this period.

I liked this car as well, though I wound up "inheriting" a 1984 Cutlass Supreme Brougham coupe in the mid-90s. I will always miss this GM vehicle platform.

I posted this in the Pontiac section. enjoy GM Truck Guy 74 and Trinacriabob


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Hmm...for me, I think I'd have to say the 1981 Monte Carlo. And, I'll narrow it down more ... this one, in particular:


My parents bought it brand new in 1982 (it was a leftover '81), and I bought it from them December 1999...and I STILL own it.

When they bought it, they still had "my" 1976 Monte Carlo, and I can only guess that several people (including my parents) would probably say that the '76 made the biggest impression on me, considering that, just days after Dad and Mom bought "my" '76 in 1976 (when I was 3 years old), I started pointing at other MCs on the road, saying "arlo" each time.

But, nope ... the '81 made the biggest impression on me. Because ... it was THEN that I started "linking" the different MC generations. At the time Dad and Mom bought the '81 MC, a friend of ours had a '79 MC. So, when she visited my parents, we had 3 MCs at the house ... and it was interesting to me to note the similarities and differences.

I was also intrigued at some of the styling features of the '76 and '81, 2 in particular:

The '76 featured stacked/vertical headlights; the '81 had horizontal headlights.

The "reflectors" in the tailights of the '76 are horizontal, while the "reflectors" in the tailights of the '81 are vertical.

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