Blind Love: 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Convertible – Sold!
Listed earlier this week in Mount Laurel, New Jersey is a nicely optioned 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Convertible on Craigslist where the seller is asking $21,500 or best offer. Oddly, Hagerty Insurance does not provide a valuation for this model currently, so a check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his LeMan Sport priced towards the lower end of the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $12,480, $25,440, and $53,520, respectively.
1972 was the last model year for Pontiac’s version of General Motor’s intermediate “A” Body-based Tempest/Le Mans/GTO lineup dating back to 1968. For 1972, all Pontiac A Bodies were now named Le Mans models; even the entry-level T-37 prior years found itself replaced by a Le Mans pillared coupe. While the top-of-the-line Luxury Le Mans was only available in hardtop sedan and coupe models, the mid-level Le Mans Sport was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible with Strato bucket seats and interiors from the Luxury Le Mans. With the popularity of muscle cars on the decline, Pontiac changed the GTO from a separate series back to an option package on Le Mans and Le Mans Sport coupes only.
The seller clearly loves their well-optioned Le Mans Sport judging by the lengthy and detailed description combined with the intermixing of upgrades both under the hood and elsewhere. While we don’t argue the rare Endura bumper and the Ram Air hood trim options may initially have some thinking this is a GTO as you drive up, the choice of aftermarket wire wheels will quickly have them thinking otherwise.
While the three-year-old paint and new top all appear to present as excellent, we disagree with the current caretaker’s assessment of the interior. We point to two primary examples. First, the seller describes the carpet “as new with no holes or stains.” While it may not be worn, the carpet clearly is sun-faded as it doesn’t come close to matching the claimed original seats and will need to be replaced. Second, the current caretaker states, “the center console is intact and does not show any wear” despite the console’s storage lid clearly showing signs of wear. The owner’s blind love assessment of the interior would have us bringing a paint thickness gauge and a magnet to confirm his claim “he cannot find a drop of Bondo.”
Finally, the power train. While the engine compartment presents as a nicely detailed and modified engine when all is said and done this numbers matching block remains a small block Pontiac 350 cubic inch connected to a TurboHyrdramatic three-speed automatic transmission. Consequently, this small block may sound the part however it’s not comparable to the tire-spinning big block 400 or 455 V8s GTOs of this vintage still sported. Candidly, had this example been originally fitted with the optional 455 (you could do that in ’72 without ordering GTO trim) this car would be worth a bit more.
Overall, this is a nice summertime cruiser with unique and rare options that would likely have more value if the next caretaker returned it stock to match the PHS documentation the current owner brags about. We apologize if this assessment sounds harsh, however, the vibe we get from the seller’s description is that he thinks his car is worth much more than it really is, so you need to be able to point out these things when you go to negotiate for the purchase. We’re not recommending anyone try to “low ball” the seller, merely just have the items we mention above ready to point out to shave the final price below the $20K mark. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description. We spared you the pain of reading the original post in all capital letters.
“Very rare lemans convertible with the t-41 endura front with the ram air hood. Phs documentation, with 7h1 heads and 449803yr engine block (matching numbers). Original build sheet. Ordered with air conditioning and power disc brakes .
Hi in am selling my 1972 pontiac lemans sport convertible. This car has the factory t-41 endura front end option and its super rare. As you recall pontiac did not offer a convertible gto in 1972 but did offer this option for the lemans. When i drive down the road nobody knows the difference. I have alot of phs documentation and the original build sheet. I assure you the car is super rare.
This car retains the original pontiac 350ci engine. The block number is 449803yr. The heads are 7h1. The carb has been upgraded to a holly 4bbl. The car starts right up and runs fantastic. The exhaust has been upgraded to a dual exhaust system and it’s all stainless. This car sounds great. I have had alot of fun with it and its been great. I have run this car down the road at 65mph with ease. It retains its automatic 3 speed transmission and there are no issues. Upgrades include a edelbrock rpm intake and a mallory hei ignition. As you can see by the picture the engine compartment is extremely tidy and neat. It does not blow a drop of smoke. There is also not a drop of fluid leaks under the car.
This car has factory air conditioning and it works well. The heat works well also.
The exterior is excellent. The body panels are as straight as an arrow. The paint was redone to a very high quality 3 years age and with the exception of a couple chips here and there; and its magnificent. I have inspected many times and i cannot find a drop of bondo on it. There have not been any body alterations on this car. There is a scratch on the passenger side corner of the front bumper as shown in the last picture. The top is brand new. I put this top on only 3 months ago. The top is automatic and it goes up and down with ease. The rear bumper is excellent as if it was brand new.
There is not a drop of rust on this car. I realize that the bottom of the fenders tend to have rust and this one does not have any of that. The trunk is also rust free. The rear deck and the bottom of the trunk lid does not have a drop of rust. The underside was never undercoated and aside from some light surface rust, it is basically rust free.
The interior retains its factory bucket seats and console. The interior which i believe to be original is excellent. The bucket seats do not have any rips or tears in them. I see very little wear. In the pictures it may appear that there are tears in them but i assure you they are only creases. The carpet is as new with no holes or stains. The center console is intact and does not show any wear. All the side panels including the door panels , rear side panels and kick plates are in excellent condition. There are no defects on any of them. All the gages are clear and all work as new. All the lights on the car work including the inner courtesy lights and the dash lights. The upper dash does have the usual crack in it from heat over time. All the glass is original and all the windows go up and down with ease. The car retains its original radio which does not work. I have added an am/fm radio on the bottom of the dash that works great. It can be removed at any time and its mounted so that there will not be any damage
i am asking 21500 obo. Please be real as i am not going to waste my time with dreamers. I am open to trades but i will have to be on top. I am not looking to finish your basket case either. My name is david show contact info for serious people.
If the ad is up its for sale.“
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