Whereas Common Motors had a fame for “badge engineering” its cars fairly considerably within the late 1970s and thru the early 1980s, the widespread platform sharing meant that a variety of elements are fully interchangeable. Due to this, followers of GM vehicles are in a position to swap elements on completely different vehicles on ways in which by no means had been from the manufacturing unit. Living proof, this newest 1974 Pontiac Grand Camino that just lately popped up on Craigslist after being found by BarnFinds.
Anybody considerably aware of the Common’s most iconic vehicles would word that Chevrolet was the one GM firm who made a car-based pickup truck, or “ute” because the Aussies would name it, for the U.S. market. It was generally known as the El Camino, which was a direct response to Dearborn’s Ranchero starting in 1959. However though GM’s portfolio consisted of many manufacturers, the El Camino was by no means “badgineered” right into a Buick, Pontiac, or Oldsmobile mannequin, save for the GMC Caballero and Dash within the early ‘70s.
Therefore, why this ’74 Pontiac Grand Camino is kind of particular. It mainly began life as a fourth-generation 1977 El Camino from the Malaise Period following the heyday of muscle vehicles. Varied bits of its exterior and inside had been then swapped out with bits from a ’74 Pontiac Grand Am, together with the primary Grand Am’s total signature entrance finish.
A simple transformation that’s, primarily as a result of each the ’77 El Camino and ’74 Grand Am utilized GM’s widespread A-Physique rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame platform. Simply to offer you an concept of how broadly it was used, the platform additionally underpinned the Buick GS, Century, and Regal; the Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu SS, and Monte Carlo; the Oldsmobile Cutlass and its a number of variants; the Pontiac Grand Prix, Can-Am, and the LeMans. So you may just about take any of these vehicles and change out elements to make some fascinating zombie makeups. As one other instance, somebody mashed up a Buick Grand Nationwide with a 1980s El Camino.
However as just a few historic items reveal, Pontiac reportedly tried to make just a few of its personal variations of the El Camino with some prototypes primarily based on the Catalina. However these by no means got here to fruition and Pontiac in the end canned the thought. Pontiac then tried once more in 1974 with a prototype primarily based off of the Grand Am that 12 months. That too was shelved, but it surely was nonetheless identified by the general public.
So in essence, this Craigslist instance pays tribute to that 1974 prototype that by no means made it into manufacturing. In accordance with the itemizing, the inside is full with some Pontiac bits and items. It seems thoughtfully accomplished, but it surely was famous that there’s nonetheless some refurbishing that must be accomplished.
Beneath the hood sits Pontiac’s legendary 400 cubic inch V-Eight that’s reportedly been rebuilt simply 2,500 miles in the past, mated to an computerized transmission. Data concerning its output or any mods isn’t obtainable on the itemizing, however the vendor is asking $15,500 for the automobile.
Nonetheless, this looks as if the proper mission for the diehard Pontiac fan who hoped that their unique concept of constructing a cousin to the El Camino would really make it to showrooms, particularly when you think about Pontiac has been defunct since 2010.