Rare 1972 Pontiac T-37 Convertible Project

The Pontiac T-37 was only produced in 1970-1971. This car is advertised as a 1972 Pontiac T-37 convertible. So the car is either a 1972 LeMans convertible with a T-37 badge or the seller has the year wrong and it’s actually a 1971 T-37. Either way, it is a pretty rare car. Most Pontiac enthusiasts know that Pontiac did not produce a convertible GTO in 1972. However, you could order a LeMans and option it with the T41 Endura front end so it looked just like a GTO. This car is a disassembled project located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The car and parts are listed for sale here on Craigslist for $12,000. It has been posted for about 2 weeks, so you might be able to get a good deal on it.

The car has the T41 Endura front end installed and based on prior pictures, the car was originally a steel bumper car. It is apparently a stalled frame-off restoration that the seller has decided to part with rather than finish. The engine is a Pontiac 350 that has been bored 30 over and built with forged pistons. The engine is backed by a rebuilt Turbo 400 transmission. A lot of the prep work for the paint has been completed.

Several suspension components have been replaced. The car has tilt steering but needs both front seats and a new convertible top. The seller claims that the car has factory rear disc brakes on the rear to match the front. That is also problematic because the 4 wheel disc brakes were not an option on a Pontiac until 1979 and only on the Pontiac Trans Am and Formula when equipped with the WS6 Performance Handling package. It’s definitely a nice upgrade though.

Here is a picture of the car before the frame off restoration was started. The picture looks pretty old and the car looks to be in great condition. So that raises some questions about how long this car has been apart. Hopefully, a new buyer can piece together the facts on this car and get it back on the road. If it is a real 1971 T-37 Convertible, I think it would be worth more put back to factory condition than with its current mixture of parts. What do you think?

Comments

  1. pwtiger

    You better know these cars inside and out to take on a disassembled project like this, then don’t expect to profit on it…

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  2. gbvette62

    I don’t believe the T-37 wasn’t available as a convertible?

    The T-37 was the lower priced model in the Pontiac A-body intermediate line, slotted in between the base Tempest and the higher end LeMans. A sportier version of the T-37 was sold as the GT-37. For 72, both the Tempest and T-37 names were dropped, and the base model became the LeMans, followed by the LeMans Sport, and the line topping Luxury LeMans.

    I’m pretty sure the Convertible was only available as a LeMans Sport (plus the GTO) in 70-72.

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  3. OldSchool Muscle

    Pile of trash… Some nerve .I just don’t get why these people just tear into the cars and leave them be. Worse off than before..Just pile the trash in the backseat”here you go”” Dumb. walk away don’t look back…

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  4. OldSchool Muscle

    I dont think you will get the end results like the last photo with the trash in the car….

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  5. Tom

    my posts keep getting deleted because i tell it like it is! pile of trash in the back seat. good luck trying to get it to look like the last photo….

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  6. Big C

    The el cheapo version of the LeMans. Use it as a parts stash.

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  7. DuesenbergDino

    I feel like this type of project car should be devalued more simply because it’s torn apart. The seller’s already come to the stopping point of enjoying it and realized long ago that this was a mistake to undertake. I get it when a medical emergency or family crisis brings a seller to the heartbreaking decision to walk away. But when these type sellers take what appeared to be a decent car and rip it to shreds without any game plan why should we bail them out? Not to be unkind but you’re starting at a negative with what may or may not end up in the positive, a nice looking and driving car. I feel there has to almost be a penalty for tearing up a vehicle to the almost certain point of no return. Now the seller comes up with a trailer load of half primered parts and boxes of questionable items and asks a kings ransom to boot. Unless super rare, these types of cars should be dirt cheap to buy. I’m talking few thousand or less. Maybe that would deter sellers from this type behavior.

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