460 CI STROKER, BLUE RESTO-MOD, BLACK BUCKET, POSI, STAGGERED BOSS 18 & 20" WHEE
This 1967 Pontiac Tempest looks mean and packs a punch to match in the form of a bored and stroked big block. Not trying to be something it's not, instead they simply built the nastiest Tempest imaginable and decided to let it beat up on the GTOs instead of trying to join the club.
Refinished in the original Montreaux Blue, this Tempest is subtle at first glance. The paint is a few years old and while it looks good now, a few hours color sanding and buffing the finish would pay big, big dividends when it comes time to show. Fortunately, the sheetmetal is ultra-straight, seeing as this is a life-long Georgia car, and it was media blasted to bare metal and the finish was rebuilt from there. That icy blue paint emphasizes the Poncho's slick profile and crisp lines, making this arguably one of the best-looking cars to come out of GM in the '60s. The paint is two-stage urethane, so it's not only durable, but it'll shine up beautifully making folks think you spent a fortune on paint. Other neat features include the mesh grilles up front, beautifully chromed bumpers fore and aft, and deceptive 326 badges on the front fenders, but we'll talk more about those in a moment. A few subtle pinstriped flourishes finish it off, most notably around the trunk lock, proving it's definitely the little things that make a big difference.
Black bucket seats give the interior a sporty feel, which was entirely the intent. The Tempest also received GTO-like engine-turned dash appliques that surround those deeply recessed round instruments in the dash, adding to the performance vibe. Obviously the billet wheel isn't stock, but it works well with the overall look of the car, which is somewhere between restored and resto-mod, and not too radical that you can't make an argument either way. The most notable feature is that trick mini console which holds a B&M shifter for the TH350 3-speed automatic underneath as well as a tachometer that matches the white-faced auxiliary gauges under the dash. A new AM/FM/CD stereo head unit lives in the dash, neatly replacing the original AM unit, so it's ready to rock. The trunk is also well-finished with matching black carpets and none of the dreaded tin worm underneath.
Now about the engine. The badges say '326' but Pontiac fans will recognize that's a 400 living between the fenders today. But that's only on the outside, since this one has been bored and stroked to 460 cubes, making it one of the more burly Ponchos we've ever featured. It's certainly well-dressed, too, with Pontiac Turquoise paint, lots of chrome and billet aluminum trim, and a gorgeous March pulley setup that uses serpentine belts for reliability. Edelbrock supplied the carb and intake, the heads are aluminum, while an awesome-sounding solid lifter cam handles the timing. A big BeCool radiator manages the heat and gorgeous Doug Thorley headers dump into a custom exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers. There's a shift kit inside the TH350, and out back there's an upgraded 12-bolt with a Posi unit inside. Gorgeous Boss Motorsport wheels look a lot like classic Torque Thrusts and wear staggered 235/40/18 front and 255/35/20 rear performance radials.
I'd argue that this is more than a GTO if you're looking for pure performance. It's certainly a blast to drive and if you're not looking for a pedigree, your Pontiac jones can be satisfied for a bargain price, too. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 400 V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 85,243 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Center Console