The final iteration of the Grand Am, which was built for the 1999 through 2005 model years, had all the looked-bad-after-five-years plastic cladding that made 1990s GM cars so forgettable and RAM AIR! GM cars of this vintage are still so commonplace in high-turnover self-serve wrecking yards that it takes something special for me to break out the camera for such a car; in this series so far, we’ve seen this supercharged Grand Prix GTP, this Beretta Z26, this Cavalier Z24, and this Pontiac Sunfire, and now it’s the Grand Am’s turn.
The cladding on this car looks to be in OK shape, unusually.
The 3400 pushrod V6 in the Grand Am GT made 175 horsepower, with five of those horses coming courtesy of the functional Ram Air system.
This one’s an automatic, and it looks like it was in fairly decent shape before the front end got wrecked and most of the good parts were grabbed by junkyard shoppers.
Will we see fanatical 99-05 Grand Am GT restorers a couple of decades from now?
One nice thing about Denver junkyards is that you can see the Rockies in the background.
“It’s a tough world. Now there’s one exciting car actually designed to take it.”