Classic Car Overview
Pure Pontiac through and through, this way cool 1963 Pontiac LeMans is a high-performance machine in disguise. An awesome example of early Pontiac muscle, its got finesse, horsepower, and incredible good looks, all at a very reasonable price. The Le Mans bodywork never looked this good from the factory, and the slick little 2-door post coupe makes a fine foundation for a muscle car. The handsome burgundy sheetmetal almost looks shrink-wrapped over the mechanicals, and with the bumper tucked in close to the body, that hood scoop borrowed from a Super Duty Tempest, and lots of factory trim that still looks great. Finish quality is decent, with straight bodywork and a minimum of frills, although they kept all the chrome details to make it sparkle. Note the fender ornaments above the headlights, the traditional Pontiac split grille, and the cool Pontiac chevrons on the quarter panels, all of which mean you can find something new to appreciate every time you look at the car. You can bet this mean little Poncho gets attention. The gorgeous interior is quite stock, and thats quite all right with us. The seats were re-covered at some point but look like they should and remain comfortable enough for long trips. A skinny 2-spoke steering wheel frames the factory gauges, which amount to speed, fuel level, and time, but dont worry, a full array of Equus gauges were installed under the dash. Tan carpets recall the original design, and youll note that the door panels match the upholstery, giving it a very clean, cohesive look. The only demerits might be the small tear in the headliner and a little bit of age to the carpets themselves. The trunk is exceptionally clean, suggesting an easy life in a warm climate, and includes a full-sized spare tire assembly, just in case. The hardware on this car is what is really impressive. The engine is a 389 cubic inch Pontiac V8, so they kept it as OEM as possible. It was rebuilt to stock specs, although it now wears an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on top and a set of finned valve covers to make it look racy. Theres a modern alternator up front, along with a big aluminum radiator with big fans pulling through it, so it doesnt get fussy in the heat. And lest you think that this is just a straight-line machine, please take a look underneath where youll find a front disc brake upgrade, factory suspension, and a growling Flowmaster exhaust. And yes, the Lemans used that very trick transaxle out back with a fully independent suspension, so this slick 2-door feels a lot more like a Corvette than youd expect. Newer shocks, clean floors, and a transmission that was rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago mean that its ready to go right now. Vintage Torque Thrusts are a great choice and carry fat BFGoodrich T/A radials that fill the fenders perfectly. This rare Lemans is quite a find and for the Pontiac fan it represents a great expression of Pontiac performance that cant be missed. Built at a time when automakers were willing to take chances, its a car thats always going to generate some attention. Call today!