January 4, 2013
BLUFFTON — The 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix is thought by most car enthusiasts to be the first true Grand Prix. Actually, the first year for the Pontiac Grand Prix was 1962. However, in 1963, an all-new body that appeared more angular and modern looking than the previous year, was introduced. The most radical change was the stacked headlight treatment and the new “Coke-bottle” body style. The sides of the car were clean, the name Grand Prix adorned the side panels. This car, along with other full-size ‘63 Pontiacs is credited with changing the look of Detroit offerings for the next several years. The public loved the changes in the ‘63 Grand Prix, as production jumped to 72,959 units, more than double the previous year’s total. Not only did the Grand Prix look good, it’s performance was also enhanced. Motor Trend road tested a 1963 Grand Prix. The car went from 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds and covered the quarter mile in 15.1 seconds at 94 mph.
Larry Reichenbach, of Bluffton, brought his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He had owned it over four years at that time. He purchased it in West Virginia in 2008. He repaired, replaced and rebuilt just about everything in, out and under the car. He says it was a very rewarding the spring when we were finally able to drive it. It rides like a Cadillac and goes down the road quickly. Reichenbach had owned a ‘63 Grand Prix about like this one in 1965. This car gets plenty of looks and thumbs up when he is cruising.