Here’s a rare birdie. Spotted today on Seattle Craigslist, this ’76 Sunbird was corporate sibling to the Chevy Monza Towne Coupe, most of which dissolved by around 1990. I’d much prefer a Bonneville Brougham or Grand Prix LJ if we’re talking ’76 Pontiacs, but my radar locked on to this one due to its scarcity.
They loved to rust, like most ’70s cars, and probably 99% of them had the bark beaten off of them. No one saved them, no one particularly cared to save them. But this one survived!
And in a sea of silver, white and black 2021 combovers today, it really stands out, though it was only a slightly upwardly mobile subcompact when new. And the dark red with brite red velour and white landau top looked pretty good to your author.
The ad is short and sweet, but at least there were a ton of nice pictures. “1976 Sunbird, 117,000 miles! 3.8 Liter V-6 engine, pristine condition, white Landau top, automatic transmisson, $9500 obo.
“Starts every time and drives great, A/C blows cold. Radio works great. Collectors plates, no mechanical issues. I don’t drive the car enough to justify keeping it.”
It was originally listed at a mirth-inducing $25,000 but the ask is down to $9500 as of this writing. Is it worth that? I don’t know, but it looks remarkably well-preserved. Maybe if you had one as your first car. Anyway, cheers to it for surviving 45 years!