Le Mans GTO Clone
LOW OWNERSHIP, DROP TOP BEAUTY, FRESH RESTORATION, 400 V8, 4BBL, PS, PB, PWR TOP
Perhaps it is a mistake to think that the horsepower wars were over by 1972, because this 1972 Pontiac Lemans GTO tribute makes a compelling case for great looks and high-performance. The distinctive styling offers a definite go-fast look and if you're a Pontiac fan, this car is a great way to have some top-down fun without a massive investment.
This two-owner car has led a good life, spending the last 41 years in garaged comfort whenever it wasn't out on the road. As it was from the beginning, the Lemans and GTO shared a lot of DNA, so bumping this one up to full Goat spec wasn't a major challenge. The bright red paint was finished in 2000 and still looks very strong, offering a great shine and finish quality that really stands out. There are a lot of guys who like the look of the later cars, and it looks particularly aggressive with the body-colored bumper/grille assembly and ram air hood. They left off the wing on the back and didn't bother with decals and stripes, instead trying to keep this bright red ragtop from looking over-wrought, and the clean lines and unadorned flanks definitely have their own special appeal. The chrome is good, particularly the distinctive Pontiac rear bumper, but other than that, there isn't a lot of brightwork on a '72 GTO.
The black and red interior is a cool twist on the original styling, with factory buckets wrapped in fresh seat covers, matching two-tone door panels, and even bright red floor mats. However, the black dash and carpets keep it from being red overload and the combination is dashing yet sophisticated. There's fake wood on the dash and the round gauges and engine-turned panels were long-time Pontiac trademarks. The steering wheel is original, as are the gauges, but they're in good order and totally serviceable as-is. A newer AM/FM/CD stereo head unit lives in the dash and feeds speakers in the door panels for better sound than the original setup. This car had factory A/C and it could be hooked up again with a new compressor and a few fittings and the power convertible top is in great shape and offers a contrasting black vinyl boot. Open the trunk and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it's fully carpeted and includes a matching fifth wheel and tire assembly.
The 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 is no slouch in the horsepower department, and definitely isn't a wheezing 1972 smog motor. With a 4-barrel carburetor, Pontiac Turquoise paint, and a twin-snorkel air cleaner, it looks quite correct under the hood and runs superbly. An Edelbrock intake and carburetor are the lone modifications, although the heads were recently treated to a fresh valve job last October. It starts easily and runs well with big torque available at any speed, and it sounds awesome with a brand new reproduction dual exhaust system that terminates in quad tips. A heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic feeds the original rear end, and you can see evidence of the good life everywhere you look underneath. Shiny Cragar wheels are the right choice on this '70s hot rod and carry 225/70/15 Firestone radials.
With just two owners, the second of which bought it in 1973, this car has a solid history and offers a ton of fun. Not a restored show car, but an awesome cruiser that's fun and attractive and a pleasure to own. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- CD Player
- Power Brakes
- Power Convertible Top
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
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