PONTIAC Grand Am
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The 1999 Pontiac Grand Am Coupe screamed for attention, and it deserved it if not for its styling than for its performances as a sporty, two-door vehicle.
It was the last generation of the Grand Am. A name that appeared and disappeared in Pontiac’s lineup a few times. The 1999 model was the last car produced at Lansing’s old Fisher Body plant. It also marked a significant evolution in nameplate history, featuring independent suspension in all corners and punchy engines.
The Grand Am sported a front fascia with tear-shaped headlights and the ram-air hood grille at the front, with the Pontiac badge installed on a vertical slat. The carmaker added a wide cooling grille flanked by two round fog lights in the lower side of the plastic, wrapped-around bumper. It looked more aggressive in the two-door shape thanks to its wider doors and triangular rear side windows. A short trunk with curved edges created the impression of a compact vehicle. It was shorter than its predecessor, but not by much. The wheelbase, on the other hand, was longer by a few inches.
Inside, depending on the trim level, Pontiac installed velour upholstered seats. At the front, the bucket seats looked carried over from a regular car, not suitable for a sporty coupe. In the back, there was hardly room for two passengers. In front of the driver, the carmaker installed a double-curved instrument cluster with two large dials for the speedometer and tachometer and two smaller gauges.
Under the hood, the 1999 Grand Am started its journey with a choice of two gasoline engines: a 2.4-liter four-banger and a 3.4-liter V-6.
Pontiac Grand Am is a mid-size car which was discontinued but reintroduced in production for several times during its lifetime.
The first time the Grand Am was unveiled was in 1973, being produced for only two years until 1975. Three years later, the American car manufacturer Pontiac relaunched the model but kept it in production until 1980 when it was replaced by Pontiac 6000. The production was restarted in 1985 and lasted till 2005 when Pontiac unveiled the G6 variant. The 1998 model came with a choice of two engines, a 2.2 and a 3.4 V6, which produced 140 and 175 horsepower respectively.