Pontiac was the catalyst behind the muscle car movement and launched the GTO in 1964. It essentially was a LeMans that was built to go fast. Really fast. This third year LeMans from 1966 appears to have been inspired by the GTO given the substantial performance upgrades that have been done to the car. It’s going to need bodywork and paint, but it looks as though all the mechanicals are covered. It’s currently cruising around in Pasadena, California and available here on craigslist for $16,500. Thanks, rem m, for making this tip possible!
The LeMans was an upgraded Tempest when it first came out in 1962. The nameplate would be part of the Pontiac line-up for the next twenty years. Along the way, it spawned the GTO which would come close to outselling the LeMans a couple of times. This 1966 LeMans 2-door coupe is one of 16,600 built that year, while a GTO with the same body would sell 10,300 copies. While an inline-six or a small V-8 were commonly found in the LeMans, the GTO would have a 389. And that’s what’s in the seller’s car, which is not likely numbers-matching. It has a Tri-Power set-up with 3X2-barrel carburetors, which means it’s a bad mama jammer.
From the passenger side, it’s a sharp looking car. The burgundy paint with a black vinyl top looks rather good, especially with the American Racing Torque Thrust wheels. However, from the other side you see a hood and front fender that are different colors than the rest of the car. The seller doesn’t say why this is, so we have to assume it was involved in an accident. Which likely explains why it comes with a salvage title, so anyone seriously considering the car should keep that in mind.
Here’s a snapshot of the goodies on this car that weren’t with it when it left the factory:
The seller says the car runs great (who are we kidding, it probably hauls butt!) and he has some extra parts that get thrown in with the sale. While you could drive it as-is, it would probably look great with a new coat of burgundy. There is no mention of rust anywhere. Except for the LeMans badging, the car looks like a Goat from a few feet away. And the GTO sold almost we well as the LeMans in 1966, coming within about 10,000 units. According to Hagerty, a ’66 Lemans is a $30,000 proposition at best, while the GTO is $75,000 and maybe higher. Either way, if the seller’s car needs nothing more than new paint, you might end up with a car with instant equity.
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