Stumped Us: 1975 Pontiac LeMans GT – SOLD!
October 25th Update: While updating our Malaise Monday database, we confirmed the private seller of this ’75 Pontiac LeMans GT deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re now able to call this one “Sold!” This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.
When it comes to Malaise-era cars, it’s not often were thrown off guard by models we haven’t seen before, especially when it comes to Pontiacs. However, this 1975 LeMans GT recently listed on Craigslist n Dudley, Massachusetts (Worcester) as a 41K original mile survivor is a model we never knew existed. Offered at $15,900, comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has his LeMans optimistically priced nearly $3,000 above the #1 “Excellent” estimate. Similarly, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool indicates the seller’s asking price falls some $600 above their #1 “Concours” valuation of $15,300. While we agree there is a premium in play for a very rare model in a great color combination that’s a low-mileage time capsule, we hope there is room for negotiation based upon the indexes cited.
The 1975 Le Mans received mostly trim changes including new crosshatch grilles on base and Sport models, and a distinctive vertical bar grille with more chrome on the Grand LeMans (renamed from Luxury Le Mans) series cars and only revised nameplates and taillight lenses in the rear. Interiors were revised on top Grand Le Mans cars to include the distinctive wrap-around dashboard from the Grand Prix and Grand Am models with simulated African Crossfire Mahogany trim, a notchback bench seat with armrest in sedans and wagons or a no-cost choice of the notchback bench or Strato bucket seats in coupes. Base Le Mans and Sport Coupe models carried over trim only slightly revised from 1974 including a revised Custom Cushioned steering wheel.
Pontiac’s Maximum Mileage System consisted of GM’s new catalytic converter that reduced emissions while improving drivability and fuel economy, a High Energy electronic ignition, and lengthened routine maintenance intervals. Radial tires were standard on all models and a “Radial Tuned Suspension” option was available that included upgraded radial tires along with front and rear sway bars.
Engines were revised for 1975 to meet that year’s emission requirements and mated to the catalytic converter, which spelled the end of true dual exhausts. The 250 cubic-inch Chevy inline-six was standard on base LeMans coupes and sedans while the 350 two-barrel V8 was optional and standard on the Le Mans Sport Coupe, and Grand LeMans sedans and coupes, and optional engines on all of those models including a 350 four-barrel and a 400 two-barrel. Le Mans and Grand LeMans Safari wagons came standard with a 400 four-barrel engine that was optional on other models. The 455 V8 was discontinued for all LeMans models for 1975, but still available in the Grand-Am. Transmission offerings included a three-speed manual standard with the six-cylinder and 350 two-barrel V8, with the three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic optional with those engines, a “mandatory” option with all other engines in sedans and coupes, and standard on the Safari wagons. The Hurst-shifted four-speed manual was no longer offered.
We are genuinely stumped by this car, so if you have any information about this LeMans model, please enlighten us in the comments below.
Unfortunately, as detailed as this 1975 Pontiac LeMans sale training video is, it doesn’t mention this GT model:
If you want to stump just about all but the most knowledgeable Pontiac enthusiasts, this ’75 LeMans GT, if a legitimate model, is a great way to do it! Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“UP FOR SALE IS A VERY NICE LOW MILEAGE 41K PONTIAC LEMANS, 350 ENGINE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, POWER STEERING, AIR CONDITIONING, CRUISE CONTROL, FACTORY RALLY WHEELS WITH TRIM RINGS. PAINT, BUMPERS, FLOORS, TRUNK, AND TRIM ALL IN EXCELLENT SHAPE. STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL SPARE WHEEL AND TIRE, NEVER MOUNTED!
THE CAR RUNS AND DRIVES LIKE NEW, A TRUE TIME CAPSULE!“
If you know more about the origins of this ’75 LeMans GT, please comment below and let us know!