Faux Carbon Fiber: 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans Station Wagon – Sold!
Riding on a successful downsizing redesign introduced one model year prior, Pontiac’s mid-size Grand LeMans Safari wagon such as the example we found listed on Craigslist near Pittsfield, Massachusetts where the current caretaker is asking $4,500 for their black over tan vinyl example. Surprisingly, the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool currently lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range for these wagons at $13,140, $21,480, and $27,600, respectively so if that’s truly the case, you have a bit of wiggle room to invest money into this example.
For the 1978 model year, GM downsized the Pontiac LeMans and other GM mid-sized cars. In addition to losing nearly 800 pounds over the prior models, the optional V8 became a 301 cubic inch Pontiac mill such as the unit featured in this example. From 1978 to 1980, Pontiac’s mid-sized lineup included the base Le Mans, Grand Le Mans, and a revived Grand Am all available as a Coupe, Sedan, or Wagon. Out back a notable change was the replacement of the one-piece rear hatchback with a two-piece glass and tailgate design.
We like this Le Mans Safari as it appears to be a solid example in a nice color combination. We like the replacement of the original faux wood with the carbon fiber look however, we would quickly replace the wheels with either the original wire wheels that will be included with the sale or a brighter aftermarket alternative. After that we’d get the A/C functional and would replace the headliner with a period correct “mouse fur” unit. Otherwise, this will be a nice cruiser you can haul stuff with. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“79 Pontiac Grand Lemans safari wagon. great condition, original drive train Pontiac 301 V8 turbo 350 transmission.
Previous owner replaced worn wood decal with carbon fiber look vinyl. Wheels are painted steel. (I have original wire 14 inch wheel covers). Power windows and door locks, power rear door vent windows. A/C (needs charge).
One piece headliner needs material. I have owned for 2 years and replaced fuel pump, starter, front shocks and rear coil springs. Very comfortable cruiser that needs a new owner, I have other projects and need room.“
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