Rare Rides: This Pepsi-Cola Pontiac Grand Prix From 1989 Lacks Fizz

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides this pepsi cola pontiac grand prix from 1989 lacks fizz

Our last Rare Ride was a Pontiac 6000 with some serious B&B appeal, what with its special gold alloys and transverse all-wheel-drive witchcraft. In light of this old Pontiac lovin’, I found another one for you today.

This special edition vehicle was practicing before either #, or “branding,” were things you’d put together for your latest Twitter communiqué.

Currently listed on Louisville Craigslist is this special edition Grand Prix. As you can tell from the photo above, this Grand Prix is Pepsi-themed, and is also 258-themed, or maybe just numbered.

According to the listing copy, Pepsi commissioned these special edition Pontiacs in 1989 as part of a store contest. There’s no further detail about said contest, and I couldn’t locate anything online. We’re dealing in obscurities today.

Just 500 Pepsi Grand Prix examples were made, and the special features should be immediately apparent! They include the red and blue striping, the Pepsi logo just below the B-pillar, Special Edition script, and white directional saw blades (which are of course excellent because we’re talking Pontiac wheels).

The front end features more Pepsi branding, as well as some script to tell oncoming traffic that you’re both important and carbonated.

The interior features absolutely nothing unique. The standard fare of gray plastics and quirky Pontiac button placement are all you see. It looks reasonably well kept, and mostly free of the stains you’d normally see on a car of this vintage.

The same goes for the unrelenting grayness of the rear seating, where there’s a center console to store your Crystal Pepsi.

This Grand Prix was driven only occasionally over its long life, clocking 64,000 miles. And though it looks like it could use some paintwork, the asking price of $1,600 makes this our cheapest-ever Rare Ride. So go get yourself a coooold pop, and make this Pepsi Pontiac your own.

[Images: Craigslist]

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  • THX1136 THX1136 on Jul 12, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this one with us Corey! Like others have noted, not a bad price for the car in it's current condition.

  • Funnycide Funnycide on Aug 14, 2017

    Clemens Markets which was a local supermarket chain based in Lansdale, Pa. gave away one around this time. They had it sitting outside their store. I remember a 65 year old lady won it which annoyed this high school student.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.