Speaking of things that haven’t aged well: the 1976 Pontiac Sunbird. This is what you get when you turn a Vega into a “Monza” and then pretend to create an entirely new car for Pontiac. What do we have?
- a “formal” roofline instead of a hatch. Now there’s two body styles, like with a Mustang II. Woo hoo.
- Stick some vinyl on the roof. Now it’s like a Mustang II Ghia, and also a small Grand Prix (a car Pontiac liked and so did America).
- Give it a faux Firebird front end. “Sporty” is dealerspeak for “shitbox with a nosejob.”
- A V-6. It sounds sporty on the order sheet. at least
We don’t hate this car. Cindy at the BK Lounge drove one. She was nice, if loud. Most importantly, if you ever needed some help at the Minute Market (beer or the occasional Chivas Regal), she was always ready to lend a hand.