Undercover: 1975 Pontiac LeMans GT – $16,000
Long-time readers may remember when we featured a 1975 Pontiac LeMans GT in October 2020, we were stumped the model existed. Rudy’s long-time friend, avid Pontiac enthusiast, and former LeMans GT owner John P. came to the rescue and commented the LeMans GT was an option package on the Sport Coupe consisting of mostly a set of decals and the dual NACA duct hood carried over from the ’73 GTO. GuysWithRides contributor and former Pontiac dealer employee Mike G. from Staten Island also provided a copy of this brochure illustrating the GT option:
Fast forward six months and we just spotted another red-over-white, 52K original mile, 1975 LeMans GT currently listed for sale here on Craigslist in Toms River, New Jersey reportedly restored, in the seller’s words “years ago” with an asking price of $16,000. 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 is $700 above this guide’s #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.
As detailed as this 1975 Pontiac LeMans sale training video currently posted on YouTube is, it doesn’t mention the GT model:
The seller mentions their LeMans GT has been kept outside under a cover for the past year after losing garage storage. Consequently, you need to be on the lookout for any paint or mouse damage as a result. We love the color combination and the fact this example has the more desirable bucket seat and full-length console combination. The mystery you’ll need to confirm with the seller is what engine is lurking under the hood. We hope it’s the much more desirable 400 cubic inch V8. If you are serious about buying this Pontiac, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (908) 868-6026. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their LeMans GT featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Motor has a couple thousand miles on it cars was restored years ago was always kept inside lost the garage a year ago been outside undercover car runs and drives.“
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