Parked in 1992: 1967 Pontiac LeMans Hardtop

Decisions, decisions. That will be what faces the next potential owner of this 1967 Pontiac LeMans. As bidding creeps towards the BIN price, will someone be willing to hit the button early? To do so will not only see that person win the auction, but they will also secure a nice little cache of parts to help them on the way with their restoration. If you are potentially that person, then you will find the LeMans, which is located in Cumming, Georgia, listed for sale here on eBay. At the time of writing, bidding is sitting at $5,200, with the reserve not met. That tempting BIN price has been set at $12,500.

When you look at this LeMans, there is certainly some work to do. However, when you consider the fact that the car was parked on dirt for 25-years, it has actually survived remarkably well. There is some rust to be addressed, but the worst of this would appear to be in the front floor on the passenger side. The rest of the underside of the car has plenty of surface corrosion, but no actual rot. The story on the outside of the car is pretty similar. There looks like there is rust in the lower fender on the driver’s side, and the lower quarter on the passenger side. Everything else would once again appear to be surface corrosion. None of this will actually be bad news if the new owner exercises the BIN option. If they do, included will be a replacement front floor and toe-board for the passenger side, a pair of re-chromed bumpers, and a replacement passenger side quarter panel to rectify both the rust and the substantial dent that is present in the original.

While the interior of the Pontiac looks a bit rough, the news here is also generally quite good. The headliner has been removed, but all of the original bows and clips are present. Likewise, the carpet has also been removed, and the new owner will need to replace this. The dash pad and wheel are both badly cracked, so these will also require attention. The back seat is in terrific condition, and while some of the vinyl trim is creased and will need to be stretched back into place, the car does have a shiny new parcel tray. The car is also fitted with air conditioning, but it looks like this will need to be serviced and tested after all of these years. Once again, hitting BIN will secure the new owner a set of new covers for the front seats, which are still in the box.

After being in hibernation for 25-years, the LeMans has kicked back into life reasonably well. The 326ci V8, which produces 250hp, is said to run well but does produce some noticeable valve noise. The 2-speed automatic transmission also works well and shifts smoothly, but it does have an oil leak that will need to be attended to. As part of the process to get the car back up and running, the car has received a new aluminum radiator, new brakes, new fuel tank, new shocks, new front and rear sway bars, and refurbished Rally II wheels with new tires. If the new owner does exercise the BIN option, they will also receive new 2″ drop spindles and front discs, along with a new power booster, master cylinder, and proportioning valve for the disc brake conversion.

As I said, this 1967 Pontiac LeMans does present any potential owner with some interesting options and decisions to consider. Restored to its original Mariner Turquoise, it would be a really attractive car, especially when combined with the original interior color. If you were looking at this as a potential project car, would you be the one to hit the BIN button, or would you take your chances in the bidding war?

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Comments

  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Refreshingly honest description, though there is one very important caveat he neglected to mention insofar as paperwork for registration: not so much the lack of a title (explained) but that by his own description under “Bad News” the seller noted that this car “may cause cancer in California”, thereby necessitating a “Prop65” warning MUST be filed if it were to be within even viewing distance of the state border…🤣

  2. Howard A Member

    Good heavens, what Georgia swamp did they haul this out of? Be a great GTO clone, but again, by the time you’re through with all the headaches associated with restoring a beater like this, and these aren’t exactly rare, and a better deal for a driveable one could be easily had. I swear, with only 2 bids ( again, sounds fishy) and not half of what they’re asking, these people better lower their sites for this stuff. Judging from what I see on,,”TV”,,people are just buying nice ones, and saying the heck with restoration nightmares. I’d bid $500 bucks, only for the tires,,

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    • Mountainwoodie

      HoA- once again the Oracle of Automobilia Common Sense hits the nail on the head!
      But if you want the seller to lower his ‘sights’ he best do it on the advertising ‘site’. So says the school marm :)
      And yes it is a rust bucket. As the Doors were want to observe, People Are Strange.

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    • VAR2018

      Yeah, just what we need… another clone. Drop in a nice stroked Pontiac 400 and a trans/rearend that’ll hold up. Upgrade the suspension and the brakes. It’ll be a beater that’ll out perform any factory stock GTO from the 60’s or 70’s. You’ll get more looks and it’ll cost less than a restored car that you’ll end up washing and waxing more than.. you know… actually driving.

  3. karl

    Its way over priced , but there’s so few Lemans and Tempests around anymore ,most were used for GTO parts, or worse yet, made into a Fake GTO ; it would be nice to see a restored original Lemans for once, and this one is a high option car. Sure, it wouldn’t be worth what a real GTO is , but its fairly straight and complete and the parts this car needs are available as reproductions so you wouldn’t be scouring the junkyards to find parts.

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  4. Spencer Arthur

    I know where a 67 Lemans fully restored is. It hasn’t been out of the garage since 1986. It’s sitting under a 1/2 inch of dust and four flats on aluminum hurricane style wheels. Beautiful medium blue with blue interior. Not sure the engine size I was 11 in 1986 so I wouldn’t be sure. Last time I saw it was about two years ago. Also in the very back of the garage is a four door 1957 Chevy that I’ve never seen out of the garage.

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  5. Billy007

    A friend in high school had a real nice 326 like this, looked almost new, of course then, it was almost new. Seems to me, his was a light blue color. Always liked that car, and that is coming from a hard core Mopar man in those days. Always wondered though, why did GM hang on to the two speed autos when Ford and Chrysler only used three speeds, was there a performance advantage or was it just bean counters staying busy?

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  6. James Martin

    Look bubba a 66 lemans we can sell that for 12000 or more no matter it was under swap water for 10 years or more we can dry it out dont clean it and put it on flea bay. If your not a car guy why do you try.

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  7. v

    surface rust , surface rust, surface rust. what a great car . everyone loves gto’s but i think the real value is in the lemans of this era. the body looks to be very thirsty. put some trans fluid on the rust , let sit for 3 days, wash thoroughly and you have minor prep to make paintable metal. this would work for trunk and underside very well. dont believe this will work get your old rusty wagon you used to drag around and try it. this procedure works very well if you paint with rustoleum. try it in your pickup box. you will wonder why you spent so much time sanding. contact rustoleum and see if they will sponsor your custom paint job. you never know unless you ask. but please dont make any more trippuke / tribute cars. its been done to death.

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  8. local_sheriff

    I agree with those above that wanna see this restored as a Le Mans rather than a GTO clone. Personally I just think it’s a bit sad it isn’t a 66, as the ‘opposed C’s tail light design seen on various 60s Ponchos is the marque’s coolest trademark…!

    While it’s great it hasn’t been turned into a GTO clone, I’m somehow puzzled as to how this possibly valuable project car ended up as such a ‘behind barn find’. For that BIN price I’ve spotted SEVERAL way better cars around so far this year, even A-bodies. Hopefully it will not sell for BIN price

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  9. Jim in FL

    In 1987 I paid $100 for my 67 tempest with an OHC six. It was about the same as this but with brushed on primer. I had no money but lots of time. I think a lot of kids won’t be able to learn about simple cars and the joy of less-than-perfect restorations because these examples will be too expensive to experiment with. It will still look great when it’s done though. No issues with the 326 and 2 speed. Plenty of parts available.

    Rusty or not, it could be brought back. Heck we did it all the time. My 75 Grandville still proudly wears the metal shelving floor panels I riveted in in 1991. Some people just want to keep the car going and drive. The entry price makes that a difficult proposition. Hopefully someone will fall in love with this and keep it around.

    I’m being an old man, but pre-internet, if you were a member of the Pontiac Oakland Club of America, you got a monthly magazine that had dozens of options priced reasonably in the classifieds. Not Hemmings prices, more like People trading cars that were a hobby.

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    • Billy007

      I agree, the hobby was more fun in the old days, less about money, more about the experience. The OHC six was amazing, don’t you wish you still had that?

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    • local_sheriff

      OHC Sprint I-6 – extremely interesting design from an era all manufacturers focused on V8s. How many Sprint sixes do you guys spot at car shows really…?

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  10. Jimmy

    My mom had one of these as her grocery getter, white with black vinyl top and interior. It was a great car but in 1977 it was time for a new car. Dealers wouldn’t give $200 trade in and she couldn’t sell it privately for any more. She gave it to me for one of my demolition derby cars. Sadly it didn’t last more than 5 minutes when a guy with a Olds station wagon put the radiator into the fan.

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  11. Bob

    Have people gone wacky?????? $12,500 for that rust bucket? Compare that to what I bought for $11,000 with new reproduction interior and a new convertible top. And I drove it home!!!

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    • local_sheriff

      …but how long since? I definately have a soft spot for 64 Chevelle

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  12. John Abbatoy

    i have one done and i would not sell at any price. my son and i have worked on it for years to get it done and it will be his someday this one looks like a good project for father and son. price might be high to your opinion but some times price is what buyer in buyers hands if you dont think it is worth that just dont buy it……

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