Thursday, November 6, 2014
Danville Street Sighting - 1975 Pontiac Astre SJ
Li'l Wide Track special edition, but the standard Astre SJ is still a pleasing little compact for what it is. SJ models had a higher-output two-barrel carburetor, upgraded transmission, nicer interior, rally gauges and radial tires. Effectively, this was the luxury model. Firebird-inspired taillights and trademark Pontiac split grille set the little hatchback coupe apart from its Chevy twin, but under the skin it's all Vega. That Vega lineage doesn't seem to have stopped this one, an apparent daily driver I see zipping around town every few months. It looks to be finished in possibly the original Persimmon or Honduras Maroon metallic, which has lost its clearcoat pretty severely on top and is rusting around the taillight panel and hood. The owner has put some brown spray paint there to stop the corrosion and help prolong the car's life. I credit him for maintaining what's most likely the only Pontiac Astre left in the area.