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Driver-grade Lemans convertible in very good condition. Later 400 cubic inch V8, automatic transmission and power steering and brakes make it an easy cruiser. Buckets and a console are a nice find. Custom 17-inch wheels. GTO looks for half the price!
The remarkable thing about this Lemans ragtop is that it hasn’t been converted into yet another fake GTO. Instead, it proudly wears its Lemans badges and prefers to let the stout 400 cubic inch V8 under the hood do all the talking. The subtle color combination works rather well, with handsome Madeira Maroon paint that was applied perhaps 20 years ago. There’s a nice shine that could probably be pulled up a notch with a professional cut and buff, but even as it sits, it’s the kind of car that gets a lot of attention out on the road. Pontiac’s styling was a home-run in 1967, featuring stacked headlights, gracefully curved quarter panels, and neat details like the “gills” just behind the doors, and the only real way to tell the difference between a Lemans and a GTO are things like the grilles, badges and taillights—most folks will never notice. Panel fit is quite good and we don’t believe the car has any replacement panels, so it feels more substantial than a car that’s been cut apart and reassembled. You’ll note the car is still wearing ‘326’ emblems on the front fenders, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
The black vinyl interior remains in fantastic condition. The seats are so nice we have to believe they are reproduction seat covers, but they’re much better quality than a lot of the stuff you see today. Most everything else is original equipment save for the steering wheel, which has been replaced by a slightly smaller and fatter aftermarket unit. Factory gauges cover only the basics, so a set of aftermarket oil pressure and temperature dials were added under the deash and at some point, an AM/FM/cassette head unit was installed in the dash. Factory woodgraining warms up the black interior and there are some heavy-duty floor mats to protect the carpets. The power convertible top works well and latches easily, although the rear window has started to come loose—an upholstery shop should be able to remedy that without much difficulty. There’s also a matching black vinyl boot to give it a clean look when the top is down (which should be pretty much all the time if you’re doing it right). The trunk is outfitted with a correct mat and includes a full-sized spare tire assembly.
The badges say ‘326’ and that was the biggest engine you could get in a Lemans, but the great thing about Pontiac V8s is that they’re all the same on the outside. That means that a YD-coded 400 cubic inch mill dropped right between the fenders and looks almost completely stock save for the Mickey Thompson finned valve covers and open-element air cleaner. There’s proper Pontiac Turquoise on the block itself, a fresh 4-barrel carburetor on top, and a recent tune-up to make it run right. And it does run beautifully, starting easily, idling nicely, and just going about its business with a minimum of fuss. Want it to just trundle along in traffic? No problem. Need to bark the tires? It’ll do that, too! With power steering and power brakes, it’s quite easy to manage and the 2-speed PowerGlide automatic transmission is about as bulletproof as they come. We believe there are easy-cruising 3.36 gears out back and this big GM ragtop has that great ride quality that is hard to replicate today. It’s grungy underneath (the body has never been off the frame) but there are no critical issues and the dual exhaust system and long-tube headers give it a great soundtrack. The suspension is stock, as are the brakes, but those 17-inch wheels and staggered 225/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear performance radials give it a great stance.
Documents include the original owner’s manual, warranty booklet, and convertible top guide.
If you want a cool old convertible that isn’t the same old thing, this Lemans should get your attention. The price is certainly right and it drives like a muscle car should. With a few subtle upgrades, it’s fantastic on the road and there’s enough here that you could upgrade it along the way and definitely add value. Not perfect, but a whole lot of fun for the guy who doesn’t want to be just like everyone else. Call today!
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