Not Feelin’ It (NEW! Award 51): 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Convertible – $30,000
Some Craigslist ads just make us stop and shake our heads, especially when they indicate the car is not yet ready for sale and they are listing their car as a “feeler” to determine whether there is interest. In this latest example, the private seller of this 1972 Pontiac Lemans 350 Sport Convertible listed it earlier this week here on Craigslist in nearby Lambertville, New Jersey with an asking price of $30,000. Without even looking at any pricing guides, we figured this private seller has GTO pricing visions with his entry-level LeMans.
Typically when we come across a late 1960s vintage Volvo 122S, it’s an estate we’ll feature on Wagon Wednesday and not an even rarer version such as this Dark Green over Butterscotch 1967 Two Door Coupe just listed yesterday here on Craigslist in Maplewood, New Jersey with the complete service history and an asking price of $9,500. Unfortunately, Haggerty Insurance oddly does not list values for any 1972 Pontiac LeMans or GTO, while the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirmed our hunch this private seller has his fair-to-good condition Lemans priced $550 higher than the #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,450. Two auctions of 1972 LeMans here on Bring a Trailer both came in under $25,000. Unfortunately, the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool is likely misguiding this seller with their current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range is $13,125, $27,000, and $56,875, respectively. We put more credence in what sold on BaT and what the Collector Car Market Review indicates. Consequently, we’re not feeling it and we’re awarding our latest “NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award to the seller for such an optimistic asking price that very likely will go nowhere. If you are serious about buying this LeMans and think you have the skills to negotiate effectively to get the car, you can start the conversation by calling Joe at (609) 577-4053. When you do, please remember to mention you saw his LeMans Sport featured here on GuysWithRides.com
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.
Here’s a 1960s vintage US Commercial highlighting how durable and long-lasting Volvo’s 122S was compared to other cars of the period:
With a three-speed floor shift, factory A/C, this LeMans appears to have great bones but the condition indicates the “older restoration” may have been a poorly executed one. If the body and undercarriage checks out during your in-person inspection of through a PPI, you’ll have an interesting A-body alternative to drive to your next Pontiac show. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Here is an earlier restoration and still in good shape with very few things that need attention. It is a three-speed on the floor with a new clutch this weekend sporting a 350-2 engine. Great Firestone Eagle 15 inch tires with sport wheels. AM/FM Radio and the rare option of Factory Air for the summer if you don’t want the roof down. It is also equipped with Power Disc Brakes and Steering along with Power Roof. Now right at this time the car is not ready to be sold but may in a few weeks so right now this is just a feeler add call Joe six o9 five 77 four o 5 three if interested may also trade not sure yet.“
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