Seize this 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix Daytona 500 rate car in auction

Hopefully, the lovers of GM’s W-entire body ’80s/’90s intermediates can forgive us, but we experienced quite substantially forgotten — or experienced in no way definitely identified — that just one of the ways that era’s Pontiac Grand Prix bathed alone in glory was by serving as the pace automobile for the Daytona 500. In simple fact, the Grand Prix paced NASCAR’s marquee race each and every calendar year from 1988 to 1992, and all over again in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.

That to start with yr, 1988, the Grand Prix was all-new, earning its debut on the W-physique system. It was also Motor Pattern‘s automobile of the calendar year. The 1988 Daytona 500 marked the 17th calendar year in a row that a Pontiac was chosen to set the pace but the 1st time a front-wheel-push motor vehicle was so honored. The ’88 Grand Prix followed a spate of Pontiac Trans Ams.

This ’88 Grand Prix, for sale ideal now on eBay Motors, is introduced as an genuine rate motor vehicle, even though enthusiasts could order a entire established of tempo vehicle decals for their incredibly possess GP. The pace car or truck is based mostly on that year’s leading-spec Grand Prix, the SE. In place of the typical car’s 2.8-liter V6, nevertheless, the tempo automobile employs a modified 3.1-liter V6, which is hooked to a 5-velocity handbook transmission. This Grand Prix is in any other case mostly standard fare excepting the roof-mounted gentle bar, the switches for which are located subsequent to the radio. The mechanical odometer tucked into the electronic instrument cluster displays just above 5,000 miles, and presumably, not all of them were acquired on the superior-banked oval.

With 4 times to go in the auction, bidding sits at $4,000 with the reserve unmet. Despite the fact that the reserve is unfamiliar, 1 clue is that this Grand Prix experienced been shown by a classic-car or truck dealership in Pennsylvania for $18,500.

In addition to the debut of the W-entire body Grand Prix pace vehicle, the 1988 race is also notable for its remaining lap: Bobby Allison held off his son, Davey Allison, to acquire the checkered flag, with the father-son duo experiencing a 1-2 finish.

Now, who wishes to re-reside all those Grand Prix glory days? Get on your Pontiac and ride!