The first generation Pontiac LeMans was a top of the line spec of the Tempest when it was launched in 1961. The LeMans/Tempest was later famous for being the platform that John DeLorean (with engineering help from Russell Gee and Bill Collins) turned into the GTO, but first it was the home of a lumpy half baked engine called the Trophy-4. Find this 1963 Pontiac LeMans here on eBay currently bidding for $3,966 with 1 day to go, located in Simi Valley, CA.
This LeMans is covered with a faded coat of gold paint and shows some rust around the rockers, but looks like a good car to drive as is. The seller (a dealer…flipper?) indicates that the engine was rebuilt a few thousand miles ago and runs as good as it did when new.
Under the hood is a misshapen lump that looks like a V8 that is missing a cylinder head and half its pistons…which is essentially what the Pontiac
engineers did. All the V8 smoothness was replaced with the filling rattling goodness of a 3.2 liter inline-4 and power was transferred via
Pontiac’s rope drive to the rear mounted transaxle. The 4-barrel carburetor fed version of the Trophy 4 puts out 110 SAE gross horsepower and this one has a 4-speed manual transmission.
The interior is in good shape (it has probably been restored recently, seats and door cards look way too nice to be original), but it could use a new steering wheel.
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