Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix Coupe, With Rare Manual Transmission Option
While it was possible to buy a new W-body late-1980s/early-1990s Lumina, Cutlass Supreme, or Grand Prix with a five-speed manual transmission, almost nobody did so. These cars have become pretty rare by now, so the chances of finding a five-speed Grand Prix in the junkyard are about the same as finding a five-speed BMW 7-Series; it’s possible, but not likely.
Here’s an ’89 coupe I found in a Denver yard last week.
In 1989, the manual transmission was available only in a Grand Prix equipped with the 2.8-liter V-6 engine. If you got the 3.1, your transmission had to be an automatic.
This one has those pop-out cassette-tape holders that were so popular in the 1980s.
The combination lock on the Grand Prix’s glovebox probably encouraged many a thief to tear the entire dash off the car with a pry bar.
The Colorado sun has been rough on this car’s upholstery.
From air dam to tailpipe, the ’89 Grand Prix is guaranteed to excite! Note the woman using her futuristic car phone in this ad.
Poised and precise. Swift and confident.
The Grand Prix sport sedan is “the most eagerly awaited driver’s sedan in Pontiac history.”
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