Ok, so I thought Id settle for second best, another newly restyled for 1973 car, the less expensive Chevy Monte Carlo. After all it was basically a Grand Prix body, but with Chevy styling. I had the colour all picked out and was ready to order mine,when fate stepped in. My cousin worked for GMAC and he said he knew a dealer who'd give me a killer deal on my dream ride, the GP.
A couple of phone calls later and my order was placed thru a small town dealer, about 200 miles from my home in Saint John. Heck, this little dealer hardly had a showroom and when I picked up my car a couple of months later, it was in a barn.
These cars arrived in Saint John by rail and then were trucked around the province. Being me, I'd drop by the rail yard every day or so to see if it had arrived. Back then the cars were stacked on three levels, but there was no covering, as the car carriers have now. One day I saw what looked to be what I had ordered, way up on the top level. I've mentioned before, how there were not that many fancy cars where I lived, so this GP stood out.
That was a sweet ride. I wish I had a pic of it, but this is kind of close to what it looked like.......
........with those great looking Pontiac mag wheels. I remember getting gas and a fellow asked if it was a Cadillac, as it looked sort of similar to an Eldorado (squint hard, ok). I also remember going to a movie the night I got it. My "date" was my best friend's fiance' (he was away and he approved - we are still friends). To get to the parking lot, we had to drive thru the line up for the cinema. The crowd parted and the looks I got were worth what I had paid for my Grand Prix. What a night.
Those looks continued, as there were only two of these cars in the city. Things change.......within a couple of months of delivery, I was transferred to Toronto, where there were GP's everywhere. But mine still stood out. The reason? It was the only one I ever saw without air conditioning. So all the other luxury GP's cruised coolly thru Summer, while I sweated like a pig. Oh well, I still looked good on cold days.
So what do you day dream about?
Until next time.......