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Dashboard trivia--two cars in same family w/ different dashes in the same year

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Today, I discovered an example of two models in the same range by the same brand of the same year that have pretty much completely different dash designs. It's the only one of it's era ('60s-70s) that I can think of. I'd read about these cars in Collectible Automobile but didn't realize they had this distinction.

By 'two models in the same range' I mean two names in the same brand that are both, for example, B-bodies--i.e. like the Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala and Caprice of a given year..--all basically the same car with trim differences. Or Bonneville and Catalina--trim differences, maybe wheelbase differences depending on the year. Or Chevelle and Malibu. Or Galaxie and LTD. Or Polara and Monaco.

And I don't mean just differences in the gauge cluster or woodgrain/ no woodgrain trim, but a different overall dash shape and design.

A hint: It's a pair of models by an American Big 3 brand that is now defunct.

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

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Pontiac LeMans and Pontiac Grand Am, 1973 and up first-gen. Grand Am had the Grand Prix dashboard.

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Pontiac LeMans and Pontiac Grand Am, 1973 and up first-gen. Grand Am had the Grand Prix dashboard.

Good one..that's a correct answer, not the pair of was thinking of. The pair I'm thinking of are larger...

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Just a guess from memory--'71 Mercury Marquis vs. Monterey?

Bingo! True for '72 also.

Monterey: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37573576@N06/4051631234/

Marquis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/that_chrysler_guy/5108981528/

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A "maybe" for this question is the AMC Ambassador & Matador circa 1971? Not quite as clear cut as the Marquis & Monterey though.

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