1965 Iris Mist Pontiac Grand Prix Emerges With Rare Interior Color, Original 389

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Photo: eBay seller mattalan6
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The second-generation Grand Prix started strong, with sales getting close to 58,000 units in 1965. The yearly shipments dropped to 36,757 in 1966 before improving slightly to 42,981 units a year later. Eventually, Grand Prix sales fell to 31K units in 1968, the last year of this generation.
Pontiac updated the engine lineup for the 1965 model year, so the standard engine – the 389 four-barrel V8 – now developed 325 and 333 horsepower with manual and automatic transmissions, respectively. Customers who wanted more power could order upgraded versions of the 389 and 421, both available in multiple configurations, including Tri-Power.

The Grand Prix in these photos was born with the standard 389 four-barrel unit, and the same mill is still under the hood today.

The engine "runs great," eBay seller mattalan6 says, and the carburetor has already been rebuilt. The car has a new gas tank and sending unit, while the automatic transmission "shifts great."

The Grand Prix is a restoration project, but the owner says the interior color sets it apart from the crowd and makes it a desirable Pontiac. It's painted in Iris Mist, while the interior is dressed in plum (the owner calls it "plumb," but the Grand Prix could be had in plum – color code 3D; the same color was also available on other Pontiacs, albeit with different codes).

The owner says it's a rare interior color, and while I couldn't find any figures to verify this claim, I rarely saw a 1965 Pontiac with a plum cabin (please use the comment box after the jump if you have more information about this color's availability on the 1965 Grand Prix).

The owner emphasizes that the interior is complete "and in pretty good shape for the age." The photos confirm the claims, but you're still recommended to see the car in person or order a third-party inspection for a complete picture. However, it looks like most of the restoration work will be focused on the body, as it requires a full respray. Iris Mist is a lovely color, and I'm certain a collector would want the exterior in tip-top shape.

The selling price could be a roadblock in this Grand Prix's attempt to find a new home. The owner wants $10,500 for the car, and while it's a solid restoration candidate, it's probably an optimistic expectation for a 1965 model year. A 1965 Grand Prix in fair condition should cost approximately $8,000, with an example in tip-top shape typically selling for roughly $50K.

The listing will expire in two days, and eBay's statistics reveal that 19 people are already watching it, possibly negotiating the selling price. You can find the car parked in Caledonia, New York, and you'll need a trailer to take it home despite the working engine.
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