The Pontiac Grand Safari was Pontiac’s top-of-the-line full-size station wagon offered from 1971 to 1978. The Grand Safari used the grille and interior trim of the Bonneville and Grand Ville passenger car series, and most (but not all) examples were trimmed with woodgrain paneling on the sides and tailgate.
1971 to 1976 models were the largest Pontiacs ever built. The 1971-76 GM full-size bodies, at 64.3-inch (1,630 mm) front shoulder room and 63.4-inch (1,610 mm) rear shoulder room set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the full-size GM rear-wheel drive models of the early to mid-1990s. The Grand Safari wagons, as did other GM full-sized wagons during these years, used a unique rear suspension with multi-leaf springs instead of the coil springs used on other full-sized Pontiacs, and other full-sized GM cars.
Grand Safari wagons also featured a new ‘Clamshell’ tailgate design, marketed as the Glide-away Tailgate, where the rear power-operated glass slid up into the roof as the tailgate (manually or with power assist), slid into a recess under the cargo floor. The power tailgate, the first in station wagon history, ultimately supplanted the manual tailgate, which required marked effort to lift from storage. The power system was operated by switches on the instrument panel or a key switch on the rear quarter panel. The Clamshell system, heavy and complex, made it easier to load and unload the extremely long wagons in tight spaces. But it remained unique to GM, and would be subsequently eliminated when GM reduced the length of their wagons by about a foot in 1977, and the overriding concern became increased fuel economy.
From 1971-76, Grand Safaris shared their 127.0 in (3,226 mm) wheelbase with the Buick and Oldsmobile C-Money cars but were designated as B-bodies. At 231.3 in (5,875 mm) in length the 1974-76 Grand Safaris are the longest Pontiacs ever built. And at 5,112 lb (2,319 kg) shipping weight, or about 5,300 lb (2,400 kg) curb weight, the three-seat 1974 Grand Safari wagons are easily the heaviest Pontiacs ever built.
These wagons ran with V8 engines of either 400 or 455 cubic inches and ours has the more desirable 455 big block.
Our stunning and iconic Grand Safari is finished in a beautiful Wine Red Red metallic with wood panel effect side panels and a complementary red interior with three rows of seats and a list of Optional extras including the following:-
4 BBL 455 V8 Engine
6 way power adjustment seats
Custom 60/40 front seats
Power door locks
Window sill mouldings
Custom air conditioning
Body colour mirrors
Rally II wheels
AM & FM radio
Front bumper guards
Wood grain option
Protective bumper strips
Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 3355 for more information.
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- Transmission Automatic
- Drive LHD