The concept of American luxury vehicles has changed significantly over the past several decades. Chrome ashtrays, clumsy radios, and vinyl seats gave way to infotainment screens, massaging seats, and autonomous driving systems. It took ages to get from the elegant sedans of yesterday to today’s luxury SUVs, but is this real progress?
There’s no doubt that today’s luxury vehicles are safer and more efficient, but are they more prestigious and stylish? We don’t think so. Just look at our list of 30 classic American luxury cars and decide for yourself. Would you rather drive one of these classic machines than the nondescript modern luxury car you see every time you drive? We would, so we compiled this list of American luxury cars that will make you sell your Lexus.
Pontiac Grand Ville
In the early 1970s, Pontiac’s management entered the luxury car segment by introducing a new top-of-the-line model called the Grand Ville in 1971. The Grand Ville had a Bonneville platform but with a few trim details that differentiated the two models. Pontiac decided to offer a 400 V8 engine as standard. The 455 came as an optional engine and a offered a high level of equipment (via Hemmings).
For those who wanted something extra, Pontiac offered a leather interior, climate control, heavy-duty suspension, an AM/FM radio, and even adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. The Grand Ville was provided as two and four-door hard top and luxury convertibles. But the market didn’t respond well and sales needed to be higher.