1961 Pontiac Tempest for sale 101292818
1961 Pontiac Tempest
Classical Gas Enterprises
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1961 Pontiac Tempest

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Classic Car Overview

1961 Pontiac Tempest Safari Station Wagon The Tempest was introduced back in 1960s and production continued until 1970 before it stopped and then was reintroduced in 1987. It was built on the, new for the time, unibody Y platform. Cars like these are the connection point between the more finned boxed bodys of the 50s and the muscle cars of the late 60s. You can really start to see design styles transform when you look at cars of these early 60s era. The first generation of Tempest spanned from 1961 to 1963 and was Pontiacs answer to the Corvair. They initially wanted to produce basically a clone of the Corvair but tapped on John Z DeLoreans shoulder to go ahead and come up with a new design. He took the initial concept car design and built on it to create what would become the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1961. They had 2 door coupes, a convertible, a 4 door sedan and the much less common 4 door station wagon like the car you see here. Known as the Safari Wagon these cars took the new Tempest look but incorporated tons of interior and storage space. People that lived through the time may have viewed them as the boring family car but nowadays Station Wagons have made quite the comback and actually have a large following all their own. This cool Tempest is a nice survivor car that has been kept as original as possible throughout its life. It is believed to have had only 2 previous owners with the most recent owning the car from 1980 to 2014. The body, drivtrain, interior....well everything really is all factory. In fact, the car was even filmed by the Discover Channel in 2018 and used as an example of what defines a true survivor. The body on the car is straight and the fit of the panels indicate it hasnt been in any previous wrecks. It does have patina and the White paint is fading but depending on what your plans are for the car this may be a great feature for you. Dont let that patina fool you because this isnt some totally run down project car. While it certainly would be an excellent car for a restoration it is also a pretty cool history piece as is. We know a lot of guys who would get a car like this and refuse to do anything to it and tell you not only does it have some patina but that patina is PERFECT! The stainless is all there and it also comes with a second NOS front bumper. The glass is in excellent shape and all the original date coded glass. There is something really special about walking up to a car like this and realizing even the glass on it was touched by those factory workers almost 60 years ago now. It rides on 15" steel wheels with small hub caps and the extra spare is still there as well. A new set of 4 radial black wall 195-65x15 tires were installed because this thing should be taken out and driven, not hidden away somewhere in a barn! Not only was this Tempest the introduction of a new body style design but Pontiac packed in a ton of other unique features that actually make it one of the more rare cars out there

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    35,621 miles
  • Engine
    4 cyl
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
    3 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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