Junkyard Find: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 2000 pontiac grand prix daytona 500 edition

General Motors created quite a few NASCAR-themed special-edition W-bodies during the first decade of our current century, complete with plenty of plastic cladding and racy-looking decals. Ordinary W-bodies clog up every junkyard in the country, and so it takes something special for me to deploy my camera on a W.

This very-rare-but-not-so-valuable Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition showed up in a Denver-area yard, and I photographed it last week.

The pace-car replica version for 2000 got brightly colored decals, special Daytona 500-embroidered seats, cool-looking aluminum wheels, and a decklid spoiler (the latter two items have been removed from this car).

Naturally, there’s an automatic transmission, but at least this car came with the supercharged 3800 V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, which made this car reasonably quick for its era. These Eaton blowers have become so commonplace in junkyards that most of them go to the crusher; everybody in the country who wants a $50 supercharger already has several stashed in the garage.

More than 200,000 supercharged miles on the clock.

Wide-track is better!

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    I still have the "USA OLDS" 2002 Intrigue GLS. With just over 81,000 miles ( and lately in storage with eleven more cars as I now work remotely), the flickering headlamp issue has happened a few times, the CPS did fail about three miles from home and the 3.5 V6 has held up very well.

  • Julian DiDonato Julian DiDonato on Feb 20, 2023

    Crazy that it even lasted 200K miles. I had this exact model and actually really enjoyed it. I thought it was very quick for it's time. So I just googled this car with "0-60" and one of the articles popped up from the famous Doug Demuro. "Remember When We Thought the Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Was Fast?"

    I literally LOL'd... ok well it seemed fast. Mine only lasted around 105k miles before the ac system seized and my mechanic buddy got it freed up enough for me to trade it in. I did search for it several years later and it was resold from a private dealer in GA (I was in FL) and it had several appearance changes so it still ran and changed hands at least a couple more times. good for it! lol

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂