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81Safari

81' Grand LeMans Safari - Dealer Invoice Question?

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Hi to the forum, I very recently bought a 1981 Grand LeMans Safari wagon, transported from CA to it's new home (me) in WI.  Nice and rust free, has a patina I guess, all original that I can tell and in pretty nice shape other than normal wear and tear, plus a couple dents.  Pretty bare bones option wise, being the documentation/history dork that I am with cars I ordered a dealer invoice from PHS, I actually had that before the car even arrived.  Anyway, here is a picture:

 

I'm hoping some Pontiac experts can help decipher what it means with the c/o USFL, (THP)LeMansInvoice.thumb.jpg.e09f62c7d7ab9c3e515d29419a85a402.jpg

I know Dan Day is the dealer, the USFL in the defunct football league I'm also familiar with but this is a good year or so before that was even started, so I don't think there are any ties there.  I can't figure out what those letters stand for. 

I don't plan to keep it original for long, I plan to drive it and keep it as is this year, the original hubcaps will be changed first, I have some nice 14" aluminum wheels from a Monte Carlo with RWL tires, 15" snowflakes are destined for it at some point, then probably converting to buckets/console using Grand Prix/LeMans g-body parts, adding some basic suspension upgrades then in 1-2 years the 3.8 Buick will be removed for something much more fun.  I do plan to keep the body looking original and interior looking like it could of come from the factory, nothing radical, just a nice driver. 

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I do not know what USFL means. To me that's always been Florida :lol: . Sorry couldn't help!

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I am not clear what USFL stands for either. It may mean U.S. fleet vehicle, but that is only a guess on my part. 

What I find interesting is that the car is delivered to Zone 23 (San Francisco CA Zone), dealer code 796. I can't find dealer code 796 officially listed at all. However, there is no address for the dealer, just a P.O. Box and San Mateo CA. I know that Pontiac had a Zone office at 1700 S. El Camino in San Mateo, but that is referenced as dealer code 997.

I did an internet search and Dan Day Pontiac, Inc did existing in Fresno California, starting in 1969 but it appears to no longer exist. So dealer code 796 is probably the defunct Dan Day dealership. However, since it was shipped to San Mateo, I am thinking the vehicle was shipped to and went through the Zone office first before being managed/sold by Dan Day.

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Thanks for the replies!   Good info Frosty, thanks for that.

The USFL thing had me thinking of an Universities in that area too, nothing seems to match up.  US Fleet, hmm.  Would think the THP is also related to whatever USFL means. 

I actually found a plate frame almost identical (different colors slightly) for Dan Day Pontiac, has "newer" Pontiac logo's on it too, not sure what year range it's accurate for but should be close to 81'. 

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T.H.P. - The Highway Patrol? Possible use or ordered by a local or regional law enforcement agency as a support vehicle. Again just a theory.

This would make some sense to me if this car was a special order  for some reason (like a "police special" or special order vehicle) that it might go thru the Zone first, to insure accurate delivery.

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