Classic Car Overview
All too often we get caught up in pedigrees and values when we talk about old cars, losing sight of the core of the hobby: having fun in an old car. So well tell you up front that this 1967 Pontiac Lemans is a GTO lookalike, it doesnt have a matching numbers engine (in fact, its better!), and isnt a trailer queen. However, it is a great V8-powered convertible with a 6-speed manual gearbox and plenty of performance, all for a reasonable price, which really is what the hobby should be about. The medium blue paint was sprayed not too long ago and shines up reasonably well. Its a great blue, not baby blue and not too gray, but a classic ragtop color that demands attention wherever it goes. You will find it utterly impossible to keep a low profile in this car and every place you stop, youll find people are anxious to talk to you. Sound like fun? It is. And when they get up close, theyll find a pretty darned nice car, too, with good gaps, straight bodywork, and a very blurry line between Lemans and GTO. Let them make up their own minds about it, because youll be having too much fun driving to worry about it. It shows signs of being driven, so its obviously not a trailer queen, but from behind the wheel you wont see any of the flaws. The small hood scoop, mesh grille inserts, and, of course, the badges, all scream GTO and the 1967 models are arguably the best-looking of the 60s. The chrome and brightwork are mostly original, so theres some age visible just about everywhere, but I dont think anyone will complain when they see this car in person. Its got a lot of charisma. The Parchment bucket seat interior plays its role, too, and it appears to be mostly original. Sure, theres some wear on the seats but it suggests that this car has always been well-maintained and loved. Recent black carpets add some contrast and all Pontiacs had great-looking instrument panels with round gauges. These appear to be original and cover the basics, and theyre joined by auxiliary gauges on the left and a tach underneath the dash on the right. Youll note the shifter between the seats now shows six gears, since its a manual gearbox from a 2006 Pontiac GTO, the same car that donated the LS2 V8 under the hood. The factory AM radio remains in the dash, but its probably due for an upgrade if youre going to cruise. Overhead the white power convertible top is in decent shape for being 20 years old and the trunk only needs a reproduction mat to be right. That 6.0-liter LS2 V8 obviously isnt original to the car, but it sure makes GTO-like sounds and horsepower. Its from a late-model GTO, which seems appropriate, and it is dressed in GTO coil covers, so it has a Pontiac performance look. Thanks to factory fuel injection, it does indeed run extremely well and should surprise some much more expensive cars. A big aluminum radiator keeps it cool and the brakes have been upgraded to 4-wheel discs. The chassis is augmented with tubular front A-arms, rack-and-pinion steering, and big sway bars so it drives superbly without that loose feeling of a neglected car. The lowered stance is just about perfect and it sits on 17-inch Torque Thrust-style wheels with 245/45/17 performance radials. This car deserves consideration simply because it eliminates all the usual headaches for a potential buyer. Its just a clean, fast, fun old ragtop, and for a lot of guys, thats exactly the right choice. Call today!