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48k Mile Garage Find: 1970 Pontiac LeMans

Pontiac introduced its first compact in 1961, the Tempest, of which the LeMans was the top trim edition. By 1964 it was promoted to intermediate status where it stayed as part of the line-up through 1981. The seller refers to this 1970 LeMans as a barn find project and it’s currently in a garage in Momence, Illinois. No mention is made of its running condition, and it will likely need some cosmetic TLC. It’s available here on Facebook Marketplace for $4,500.

Production numbers for the LeMans (and its upscale companion, the LeMans Sport) were healthy at some 110,000 units in the 2-door hardtop body style alone. This car is equipped with a V8 engine, probably Pontiac’s 350 cubic-inch motor which was the next choice up from an inline-6. Mileage is fairly low at under 49,000 unless the odometer has turned over.

This car here is blue on blue and may have or have had a vinyl top. It’s hard to tell about the condition of the body and sheet metal, but it’s likely been sitting for some time. The car has changed hands at least three times but has managed to hold on to the same drivetrain all along as the seller says this is a numbers-matching Pontiac. More information is needed about the car, but it looks to have decent enough bones for a resurrection. At a minimum, the LeMans has a sharp set of aftermarket wheels to enhance its looks.

Comments

  1. Stan

    The 2 barreled carb 350 still put out decent hp and good torque in 1970.
    The best rear gear factory available was a 3.08 i believe.

    Nice cruiser Pontiac for someone wants a project.

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  2. AMCFAN

    I have to laugh to myself when I see these low mile “Barn Finds” You have a car approaching 50 years old found in a garage and we are inclined to believe what’s on the clock is real. Too funny. Well it’s true most American cars were done at 100.000 miles its more likely it has 149,000 miles.
    Doesn’t matter. Any 50 year old car will need a mechanical restoration anyway.

    When ever I pull my fathers late 1970’s car out of his garage for the final time it will appear to be a barn find like this. it shows 79,000 miles. It’s been stored in the garage since he retired 20 years ago.

    It too looks all original only I happen to know it has 270,000. He documented the miles and was hoping to get 300K His plan was after achieving that goal he was going to drop it off to Ford with a note saying thanks it’s been a great car and leave it. He retired early before that goal and parked it in the garage. Like gets in the way.

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    • DW

      You said it yourself. Cars back then we’re done by 100K. That said I doubt it has 149K unless it’s been majorly overhauled.

      • mjf

        looks done to me.

        Like 1
    • Stevieg Member

      My Mom’s ’73 Riviera had over 200,000 miles by the time I got it in 1985. My Dad had a ’74 LTD with 300,000 miles by 1980 (he made a lot of trips between Wisconsin & Texas for “business”), these cars weren’t “done by 100,000 miles. Your Dad’s 270,000 Ford is a prime example. Why do people keep saying this? Like any tool, you just gotta maintain and take care of it. No big deal.
      Being in the business my Dad was in, he couldn’t ever risk being stranded on the side of the road. His hide would have been cooked if the cops showed up to “help”. He taught me about maintenance.

  3. bull

    LOT’S of one year only 1970 unique parts on this car.

    Fender’s, Grill, parking lights, lower valence and more are one year only and not repo’d. Seeing a 1970 Lemans this complete that is not a complete disaster is a very unusual find.

    Not everyone’s dream car however it’s hard to find any 1970 A body GM car for $5K or less in the current condition of this car.

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  4. bull

    For all the hater’s.

    This car sold QUICK!

    Like 5

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