Solid as a Rock: 1968 Pontiac Le Mans Convertible

Beneath that faded and ruined paintwork lies a car of gold. This Pontiac Le Mans doesn’t make a great first impression, but it is a car that is solid, with very little rust to deal with. It will need a full restoration, but it looks like it will be worth the effort. It is for sale here on eBay and comes with a clear title. If you’re looking for a Winter project car, then this is one that you could take on with a view to enjoying the fruits of your labor come the warmer weather.

The Pontiac has been sitting in storage since 1986. The time sitting idle doesn’t seem to have had any real adverse effects on the body. It looks like there might be some small rust spots in the lower fenders and around the rear wheel arches, but the rest of the car is as solid as a rock. The owner does say that the car is complete and that the only things that are missing are the tail-light lenses and the rear seat base.

It’s hard to make out any real details of the interior, so we’ll take the owner’s word on it being complete. I can see a bit of the dash, and it looks like the car was originally fitted with blue trim, bucket seats, and a floor console. It looks like it will also need a full restoration, but that is hardly surprising when you consider that the shredded soft-top has left the interior exposed to dust and dirt over the past 32 years.

Fitted with a 350ci V8 engine, automatic transmission, and power steering, the Pontiac would have been a relaxed and comfortable cruiser. There’s no word on the state of the engine and transmission, but remember that the car has been sitting since 1986, so there’s sure to be work to do.

This Le Mans Convertible needs a full restoration, but if were restored to its original Alpine Blue body, white soft-top, and blue interior, it would be a stunning looking car. With good examples currently starting at $34,000, this is a project that would be worth the effort.


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  1. George

    Really? Three cars is my view limit? This is the kind of stuff that leads to no views for you.

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    • James Sterrey

      I haven’t encountered a view limit yet. Is that because I’m viewing from Australia?
      There may be a silver lining to this folks; less time procrastinating on the internet could mean more time actually spinning spanners on projects.

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      • George

        Could be. People here claim that auctions killed BAT. I think a 50 clicks a week will do a lot more damage to BF than auctions did to BAT.

  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    My buddy has a Le Mans ragtop in restoration. It has been sitting in a small shop in the Village for at least 10 years. A pay as you go project. I’ll go check on it someday. One good thing is, he is not going to clone it.

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  3. canadainmarkseh Member

    This is like most convertable cars, rusty. Those floors aren’t holes yet but there not far from it. This car will have to be gutted out completely then media blasted, then you will see the real rust picture. If your doing that much work yourself your in for a long haul. If your getting it done your in for a big bill. This is one of the reasons I don’t like soft tops there almost always rust bucket money pits. No thanks.

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  4. 71FXSuperglide

    Nice Winter project. And Spring. And Fall And – well, you get the idea. :D

    Still, desirable body style, but this would require an in-person look for $7500.00.

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  5. Jesper

    Solid? Hmmmm.

  6. Steve

    hmm… maybe that rock is pumice then!

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  7. J Liu

    $7500, plus, plus, plus…yikes. This car could cost far in excess of $34k once completed and done correctly. I’d suggest doing your homework very carefully on the costs of interior, top, body, suspension, electrical, engine, trans, brakes, tires and on and on.
    I restored a 1970 GTO one owner California car owned for 43 years and always garaged…suspension, complete dual exhaust, brakes, carb overhaul, new water pump, rebuilt alternator, springs, shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends, fuel pump, all water hoses, vacuum hoses, rebuilt radiator, battery, regulator, correct GM battery cables, rear end seal, fuel sending unit, exhaust manifold gaskets, wires, plugs, points, cap, rotor, front main seal and more and with out touching the engine or trans internally…try $11K. Then there was the interior…ouch and add that to the cost of the car. Everywhere I read, the advice of the wise car collector seems almost a no-brainer. Spend more and get a really nice car that won’t put you into the poor house and/or find yourself “upside” down in car expenses vs the value. Unless you are given the car, these basket case cars are nice to fantasize about, but reality bites…hard. $$$
    Do your diligence.

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  8. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Put it back on the road like we did in the 80’s…..if you want a BJ car go ahead and do it.

  9. mark

    Solid as a rock and only missing a few items?????? Define solid and few.

  10. mark

    This pic may be more accurate………….snowman for sale. No items missing and rock solid. Needs restoration…………..

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