1969 Pontiac Lemans Sport Convertible – SOLD!
August 26, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Pontiac LeMans Sport “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
While the GTO remained a separate model for the 1969 model year, Pontiac sold many more LeMans Sports from which it’s based. Sadly, over the years, many restorable LeMans Sports either became donors for GTO restorations or “Tribute” cars themselves as enthusiasts tried to capture the muscle car feel for a lot less dough than the real deal. Accordingly, it’s refreshing to come across an original, low mileage, unmolested 1969 Pontiac LeMans Sport convertible such as this red over parchment example originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in North Ridgeville, Ohio (Cleveland) equipped with a Strato bucket interior and floor shift. Currently offered at $26,500, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their LeMans Sport appropriately priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $15,700 and its #2 “Excellent” estimate of $32,800. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $20,200 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $30,500.
Redesigned in 1968 along with all of General Motors’ intermediate cars, buyers who didn’t want the raw power and rising insurance costs of the GTO could still order V8 power in the form of Pontiac’s 350 cubic inch V8. This new engine was based on all existing Pontiac engine architecture and using the 326, 389, and 400 engines crank at 3.75″ and expanding the 326’s 3.72″ bore to 3.88″ to give a true displacement of 353.84 cubic inches. However, GM’s corporate marketing edict at the time forced Pontiac to advertise the engine as a “350”. The LeMans trim for the late sixties was a step up from the entry-level Tempest that included carpeted lower door panels, deluxe steering wheels, courtesy lighting, and full wheel covers.
Taking a page from the movie Cool Hand Luke in 1967, Pontiac advertisers came up with this cheesy commercial for the launch of its 1969 models:
We love the color combination and the overall condition of this LeMans Sport convertible. Personally, after buying this car, we would enjoy the balance of the classic car season driving it while planning a thorough engine detailing over the winter to keep us busy.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“HERE IS AN ALL ORIGINAL LEMANS CONVERTIBLE WITH 59,000 MILES 350 2-BARREL,1-REPAINT SHOWS WELL, LOOKS NICE, SOLID CAR, ORIGINAL POWER TOP STILL IN GOOD SHAPE NOT PERFECT, INTERIOR IS ALSO IN GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION ,GREAT CRUISER ,RUNS GREAT ,GOOD TIRES,BRAKES AND EXHAUST,FOR MORE INFO CALL 216-NINE NINE 0 -FOUR FOUR 82. 26,500“
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