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Junkyard Gem: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Daytona 500 Edition

Murilee Martin

The

W Platform proved to be extremely long-lived and versatile for

General Motors, remaining in production from 1988 all the way through 2016. You had your

Impalas and your

Regals and your

Cutlass Supremes, and of course the 1988-2008

Pontiac Grand Prix was a W-body. For the 2000 model year,

Pontiac made the racy-looking Daytona 500 Edition

Grand Prix, an example of which I just found in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard.





2,000 of these cars were made, presumably because it was the year 2000, and each one sports plenty of cool-looking Daytona 500 graphics.





Perhaps some Regal owner will buy these seats and swap them.





This is the second junked Daytona 500 Grand Prix I have seen recently, after

this one in Colorado.





The Daytona 500 was about the same as the GTP version, with Eaton-supercharged 3800 engine making a respectable 240 horsepower. Disappointingly, this car has an automatic transmission.





It never saw 150,000 miles, unlike most 21st-century W-bodies I see in wrecking yards.