The Temptress: 1966 Pontiac Tempest LeMans

I just don’t understand the classic car market sometimes.  There is a derelict ’55 Porsche 356 Speedster bidding for $150k on eBay right now (with an unmet reserve…) and I just don’t understand who’d drop that kind of cash on a car that needs a total rebuild.  Sure, after dumping $100k into the car you might have a Speedster that’ll sell for $500k, but I just don’t understand who are the folks with deep pockets bidding these things into beach front condo levels.  For my money, if I’m going to get a barn find it’d better be cheap…like this 1966 Pontiac Tempest LeMans here on eBay bidding for $6,400 with 3 days to go, located in Macedonia, OH.

The LeMans/Tempest was famous for being the platform that John
DeLorean (with engineering help from Russell Gee and Bill Collins)
turned into the fire-breathing GTO, but a basic Tempest isn’t a bad classic for cruising around.

Under the hood is a 326 cubic inch V8 that was rated at 250 horsepower from the factory and is mated to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic. The unibody compact with torque tube with rear mounted transaxle from the previous generation Tempest was replaced with a conventional body on frame with classic engine/trans setup in 1964.

For a car that has been neglected for 15 plus years this thing looks in good shape, although the seller does note that a mouse made a nest in the headliner and the entire thing needs a good scrubbing.

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