Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Big Block Brawler: 1972 Pontiac LeMans

If you are going to drive a crusty old car, it might as well be something American with a huge gas-guzzling V8 mounted up front.  You might not get voted debutante of the party at the next concours d'Eggsalad, but you should enjoy the miles of black stripes laid on top of tarmac. Find this 1972 Pontiac LeMans offered for $7,900 in Silverdale, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

The third generation Pontiac LeMans was built from 1968 through 1972 on GM's A-platform shared with the Chevrolet Chevelle, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Special.  It was a lineup of mid-sized sedans that filled the driveways of America before the invasion of the imports and it looks seriously cool on the road today.  

That's no small block under the hood, it is a 455 cubic inch big block V8 with a few bolt on parts good for over 400 horsepower according to the seller.  Mated to a Turbo400 slushbox and a Ford 9-inch with 4-link out back, this thing looks ready for pound pavement.

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  1. Imperfect but probably worth the money.

  2. I had the same year but a 4 door with only the 350. I bought it in VA for $600. I moved to DC in 1998 with my Manx cat and all my possessions after running out of money for college and lived in it for a couple weeks while I looked for work. I sold it for $900 at a buy-here-pay-here lot when DC was still cool and wasn't overrun with millenials and glass-and-steel condos so that I could pay my first month's rent after finding a job and waiting 2 weeks for a paycheck.

  3. The anti-hipster-mobile. No waxed mustachioes, or pencil leg jeans looking appropriate climbing out of this beast. This car is more suited to a James Hetfield/Chuck Liddell type. I love it, but I sadly am just not badass enough to do this rolling tribute to tough guys justice.

    1. This is exactly why a hipster would drive it, the unexpected, pulling up to a friends PBR and Vinyl party and parking between the Prius, Fixie and Westy.
      They are crafty critters.

    2. I know this is going to show me as a "get out of my yard" aged guy, but what is a "westy". The only urban definition I can find is (I'm not kidding) ejaculate in your hand, as in their example (again, not kidding) : "She's so hot I was going to throw my westy at her."

    3. Err...ya...not that kind of Westy dude. "Westy" is slang for Volkswagen Westfalia. Whew!

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