The first vehicle named after legend John Z. DeLorean was not the gull-winged, stainless-steel sports car that bore his last name in the early 1980s. Rather, it was the blazingly successful 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix, designated “Model J” after DeLorean’s first initial. DeLorean was Pontiac’s general manger in the mid-1960s and had a vision for his division’s line-topper. It would be a classic reborn with a short deck, a very long hood and a trimmer exterior to set it apart from the “personal luxury” pack. Reckoned by some – depending on how the measurement was taken – to have the longest snout in the industry, Grand Prix was, nonetheless, a triumph of proportion and restraint.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2005/06/02/collectible-classic-1969-1972-pontiac-grand-prix