Custom Cruise Friday
The Don Wheaton Blog is still looking for subjects to profile in our weekly Custom Cruise Friday feature. For this week, Don Wheaton Sales Professional Alex Gull was kind enough to step up and offer a different slant on what is published in this space. Gull has shared one of his favorite vehicles that he has ever owned, and there have been many. Occupying the top spot in his automotive memory is the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, in Forrest Green, which he purchased from his father in 2008. The GTP version of the popular Pontiac sedan was characterized by a powerful engine that gave way to a fun-to-drive reputation.
Gull’s Grand Prix GTP came with a supercharged, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine and by his estimations made about 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
“It’s a nice little sleeper car,” Gull said.
When Gull bought the car from his father, he quickly set out to add elements to make it suit his style. Tinted windows and aftermarket exhaust tips set the stage. From there Gull added Voodoo 408 rims, which have since been discontinued as well as a custom grille and special badging. Since the Grand Prix GTP was already built to be a high-performer for Pontiac, Gull also modified the engine to help it breathe easier and make more power.
“They make fun of me (but) it’s one of my favorites,” Gull said. “It made me love Pontiac and GM.”
Unfortunately, the car had to be scrapped in 2013 after sustaining major hail damage and it was deemed to far gone to repair by the insurance company. However, Gull is always on the lookout for his next Pontiac Grand Prix GTP and would relish the chance to get behind the wheel of another one, should the opportunity arise.
If you have modified, customized or otherwise special vehicle from a past or present General Motors brand, Don Wheaton would love to hear from you. Send all pertinent information, including a couple of photos, to Don Wheaton Brand Manager Melina Kawecki – by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vehicle owners can also contact the dealership directly by calling 780-439-0071.