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Posted early last week and updated just yesterday here on Craigslist in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania is this 1970 Pontiac LeMans station wagon for sale by the original owner. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Directory currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these wagons as $13,800, $20,200, and $33,300, respectively so there’s potential with this one-owner example to at least break even if you put some money into improving its current condition.
1970 was the third model year of the second generation A-Body LeMans launched in 1968. That year, Pontiac reshuffled its intermediate lineup with the Le Mans nameplate downgraded to the mid-line sub-series previously known as the Tempest Custom and included two- and four-door pillared sedans, while the previous top Le Mans series was renamed the Le Mans Sport which included the four-door wagon featured here. Contrary to what some might think, the 350 cubic inch V8 in this example was not the Chevrolet version (GM had not started wide-spread engine sharing at that point); this 350 engine was based on all existing Pontiac engine architecture, using the 326/389/400 3.75″ crankshaft with a 3.88″ cylinder bore to give 353.84 cubic inches.
The 1970 Pontiac Lemans Station Wagon featured here is offered for sale by the original owner who can provide the original Bill of Sale. We hope he also has other documentation given the potential rich history of knowing this station wagon since new. Even more interesting is the rare combination of the Pontiac 350 cubic inch V8 mated to the standard “Three-on-the-tree” column-shaft manual transmission as these were already a rare site by 1970. The original owner reports the powertrain “runs great.” Also worth noting is the original interior has no tears in the vinyl and the seat belts even appear as new.
While the exterior body is far from perfect, it appears more solid than most example we come across. An in-person inspection will need to confirm whether the perimeter frame of this LeMans remains solid. If so, the provenance of a one owner car combined with the rare powertrain in a wagon body will make your “new” LeMans an interesting conversation piece at any local car show.
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