The 1980s were not a high-water mark in terms of automotive design. This ’86 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR “bubble back” is a testament to that. However, in its awkward appearance was the key to NASCAR success. This one-year-only 2+2 coupe features a heavily sloped front end with spoiler and the recognizable rear window to aid in reducing wind resistance.
All 1,225 (1,118 for U.S. and 107 for Canada) street-version units produced were no-option cars—meaning they came fully loaded, nothing was optional. All were painted two-tone silver and charcoal.
Don’t look to haul around anything more in the trunk than the space-saver tire already in there. You won’t win many races, either. The 305-ci V8 produces only 165 hp. But that’s not the point of this car. If you wanted to turn left at incredible speeds, there are plenty of old race cars available. This is just more of a collector’s piece and comes signed by Richard Petty (with certificate of authenticity) with a bevy of automobilia. Although, I don’t recommend opening the Pepsi.