There are a few features that I really like, such as the chrome roof-rack, and the dual-action tailgate. Times have changed, and the station wagons of bygone days have experienced a resurgence in popularity, and nice examples have become quite desirable. Wow!! I was thinking of the ever popular SBC transplant.
out right now. Things were looking pretty grim for The General in 1979; you know you’re in trouble when your Pinto fighter’s strongest punch is the fake woodgrain decals on the lighter and radio knobs. The roots of this vehicle are based on a vehicle that was decidedly larger, allowing for it’s subhuman treatment of occupants. This is a list that features cars like 1989 Pontiac Safari and 1990 Pontiac 6000 Station Wagon. Where was the competition?
The sills still had rust holes the size of my fist in several places. Most of the top rated Station Wagons made by Pontiac on this list are older vehicles, but that doesn't mean that Pontiac isn't still making affordable Station Wagons today. In 1979, GM had 60% of the US auto market. Even if they couldn’t get the quality quite right GM certainly nailed the styling. 1978 - 1979 Firebird Kammback Station Wagon. As far as I know that grill is unique to the 79 model, so you might want to grab it. However, this car did have one good thing going for it: an even-fire Buick V6 under the hood. To make the branding even more confusing, GM stuck the snout of the discontinued crypto-Canadian Astre on the 1978-79 Sunbird wagons. Having said that, the 6th Generation Bonneville, of which this is a part, did lose 800lbs in total weight when compared to the 5th Generation cars. Therefore, performance and economy of these cars is surprisingly good, although it definitely isn’t a muscle car. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'barnfinds_com-box-3','ezslot_0',103,'0','0'])); Car trends can be very cyclical, and it wasn’t that many years ago that the large station wagon was a car that most would never consider as a classic. The air of luxury is evident in this car, as almost every available option is brought to bear to make every trip as comfortable as possible. I always thought, why drive a van or truck when all you need is some space for stuff? While that’s a nice combination, vehicle weight is going to blunt performance.
No… but I hope there’s still at least one low-mile Monza or Sunbird wagon hiding in a barn somewhere in the year 2029. What I remember was 6 mpg. It probably would have been as easy to climb into the rear seat through the hatch, than through the doors. I don’t even remember them selling nice AM/FM cassette aftermarket units. They were all gone by the time I graduated though, their place in the social pecking order taken by hand me down Escorts and even older American compacts like Valiants and Hornets. The rest of the interior presents exceptionally well, and while it is never stated, I have a feeling that this wagon is fitted with a third-row seat. Talk about giving a car an inferiority complex…. The 1971-76 GM full-size bodies, at 64.3-inch (1,630 mm) front shoulder room and 63.4-inch (1,610 mm) rear shoulder room set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the full-size GM rear-wheel drive models of the early to mid-1990s. whew ! Then, last week, I discovered this Sunbird Safari at another Denver self-service yard. 105 horsepower wasn’t much, but the Sunbird wagon only weighed about 2,600 pounds.
Such history to be uncovered in the junkyards of Denver! The Sunbird Safari was only made for the 1978-79 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pontiac_Grand_Safari&oldid=981796462, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 October 2020, at 13:36. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_18',106,'0','0'])); The interior shots are a bit frustrating, but as you can see from this shot, the dash appears to be original and unmolested, and there is no wear on the wheel rim that would be a great indicator of high mileage. The car has an original 151 Iron Duke 4 speed and runs out great. In 1979, the Grand Safari's name was changed to Bonneville Safari. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, 4 … You needed an OB/GYN to get out of the back seat. Until I spotted this 1979 Chevy Monza wagon in The Crusher’s waiting room last year, I had forgotten that GM slapped Monza and Sunbird badges on the (Monza ancestor) Chevy Vega wagon at the tail end of the 1970s. Adam Clarke. Bonus: My dad had a ’78 Monza with a 350. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',134,'0','0'])); There is no denying that the Safari presents very nicely. So, here we are a decade later with a crappy design with a new front clip, selling in 1979.
Long before SUVs were anything more than a concept, the noble station wagon These are exceptionally rare cars. Had all of 19K on it, and never driven in rain or snow. I always liked the Vega Kammback wagon and its Pontiac Astre Safari sister as a styling exercise.
This is a car that was a decade old in 1979. That one looks pretty decent. GM took a new front clip and put it on a car no one should have bought because of it’s horrible history. My mom had a Monza coupe with the 305 V8. Notify me of new comments via email. What an awesome find. Replacing the Glide-Away Tailgate was a three-way tailgate not unlike that used on Ford and Chrysler station wagons. NADA lists the value as being between $8,850 and $13,000! I’m going to echo the not a bad looking car comment. Must have been the water. Ask me how I know. Now it just gives a new definition to “Denver pyle”…. Interior trim included hard plastic lower door like other B-bodies, not padded vinyl as used on C-bodies. Like “Astra” … a name that GM still uses in Europe. :). I kept waiting for it to come up for sale but it never did.
Don’t suppose you feel like loaning the car for a test drive? Kinda weird when you consider that Pontiac was GM’s “sporty” division. The paint, panels, and chrome trim all appear to be in first-rate condition. Lithia Springs, Georgia. Must have been the Carter Malaise years. 1979 Pontiac Sunbird Sport Safari Station Wagon: This car has a 3 door estate/station wagon body style with a front mounted engine driving through the rear wheels. Pacer wagon? This car is still like brand new and no doubt in my mind the mileage is original. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 2.5 litre capacity. 1973 model designation was 2BP. Seems like people are too hung up on (1) size, (2) the ability to haul 8 people. Adding to both your comfort and your peace-of-mind, you also get power brakes, power steering, and air conditioning.
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