This 1973 Pontiac Ventura Custom is extraordinary simply because it’s ordinary. And by “ordinary”, I mean it’s not modified, it’s still wearing most of it’s original paint, and the interior is what it left the factory with. This clean survivor is located in Maartensdijk, Netherlands (I wonder how it got there?) and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding has risen to just over $4,000 but has not yet met the reserve.
As you can tell from this picture, two sets of wheel covers come with the car, including this original set. The only repainted portion is said to be one rear quarter panel. The ad states that the car has always been garaged, and I can believe it from the pictures. If you are wondering about repatriating this Pontiac, it does come with a clear US title.
By 1973, the Ventura nameplate was on Pontiac’s version of the Chevrolet Nova. Versions ranged all the way from economy specifications to the Ventura Sprint and in 1974, the fabled GTO moniker. As a Custom model, this one did not have the performance features of the Sprint. While you are looking at this picture, the seller does point out that the rear bumper, while shiny, has a dent.
While the interior is plain, apart from a few rips it looks pretty nice. I’m wondering how close you could get with a vinyl match to just replace the damaged panels? I’ve done that before on a Peugeot 505 with some success (how many strange cars has Jamie owned? A lot…) but I can imagine aged white vinyl will be hard to match.
Apart from the spliced leads around the alternator, this looks incredibly stock under here. This is a 350 V8, and at this point it was still a Pontiac V8, if that matters to you. We aren’t told if the air conditioning works or not, but the brake master cylinder is said to be new (evidently they reused the old cap) and apart from the gas gauge not working, the car appears ready to drive anywhere. Anyone for a European vacation and bringing a car back?