Monday, July 10, 2017

Seller Submission: 1961 Pontiac Tempest

Pontiac engineers working to release the first generation Tempest way back in 1961 (under the command of none-other-than John Z DeLorean) wanted to offer a small displacement and frugal engine but did not have the budget for a full scale development effort.  What they did was hack half the cylinders off of a 389 V8 and create the 195 Trophy 4.  It was the first American built vehicle to have a 4-cylinder engine since the Kaiser Henry J went out of production and was known for being frugal on gas and refinement...but wasn't the worse thing to come out of Detroit in 1961.  Find this 1961 Pontiac Tempest offered for $2750 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist.  Seller Submission from Joe.

From the seller: For sale - 1961 Pontiac Tempest Sedan
I am the second owner.
Tagged and titled.

Car is original (with older repaint) and complete with all trim pieces, interior, and hubcaps in place. Runs rough and drives, needs tuning and other work to make it more road-worthy. I've used it to run errands in my neighborhood.

Light rust around the fenders, but nothing major.

4 Cylinder / Automatic

I'll consider trades for other vehicles. Let me know what you have. I can add cash to trade for the right vehicle. Any trade must be titled, running/driving, cosmetic condition is less of a concern for me. I'm open to all trades, but I'd love GM vehicles of similar size and age (60's - early 70's). Things like Nova, chevelle, Skylark, Apollo, F85, Cutlass, Ventura, Lemans, or VW Bug, Beetle, Bus.  

See a better way to save the planet while driving something cool?


  1. Jeep and IH had 4's before this.

  2. I owned one of these close to 50 years ago. Mine was 3 speed floor shift.

  3. I owned one of these close to 50 years ago. Mine was 3 speed floor shift.


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