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Old Jun 17, 2013, 1:30 PM   #21
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My brother reminds me that it was a 326 CID, not a 389. Nevertheless it was quick. The only problem was that for some reason I never got more than about 15K miles out of a set of tires. Very puzzling.

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Either way, 326 or 389, that was still a way cool car! Do you think that doing all those burn-outs in the parking lot may have reduced your tire mileage??


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I lived in So California (Orange county, Huntington Beach) 1962-1974 and owned (bought it new at the Pontiac - Rolls Royce dealership) Pontiac LeMans 2-door hardtop 326, had F-70 size tires ...... loved that car, green with black vinyl top and all-black interior. I don't remember if the windows were ever 'UP'.

Anyway, Bonnie & I stopped at Bob Longpre Pontiac one day, I wanted to see the Rolls Royce cars up close...... before we left we had bought the Pontiac. The car was delivered later that Saturday after we had received a phone call that it would be handed over to us at the Rolls Royce 'front carpet' by the dealership owner (Bob Longpre) himself, would we dress for the occasion. It happened that-a-way too, was kinda fun with all the attention, all their cars were delivered in that way, no used cars were sold at that site. Every evening the search-lights and front-carpet lights came on and a 'big deal' was made of it, Rolls-Royce or Pontiac.

As Ted says, "I'm not making this up".
Neat story Bob. What year was your Lemans? Sounds like a really sharp looking car. I remember the F70 tires, I owned several sets of them long, long, ago.

In my younger days I have owned a 1966 Goat (green two door hardtop); a 1973 Lemans Sport coupe (burgundy with louvers) a 1990 Gran Prix (White with burgundy interior); a 1993 Bonneville SSEi with supercharger. And of course, my favorite and the one I still own, a 2001 TransAm.
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Either way, 326 or 389, that was still a way cool car! Do you think that doing all those burn-outs in the parking lot may have reduced your tire mileage??
NO WAY id the burn-outs affect the tire mileage. That was my story then, and I'm still sticking to it.


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In my younger days I have owned a 1966 Goat (green two door hardtop); a 1973 Lemans Sport coupe (burgundy with louvers) a 1990 Gran Prix (White with burgundy interior); a 1993 Bonneville SSEi with supercharger. And of course, my favorite and the one I still own, a 2001 TransAm.
Jeeez - what kind of grief did you go through when GM closed down the Pontiac Division?

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And of course, my favorite and the one I still own, a 2001 TransAm.
Very sharp. I was thinking back to the days when I had both the '67 Firebird and the '67 MGB Roadster. On a nice summer day on a winding road, a ragtop with a stick shift always trumps a hardtop with an automatic for driving fun. But the British car was never gonna be the chick magnet the Firebird was.

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....oops, my LeMans 326 was a 1967 and it was a very sharp looking car. I have a picture of it somewhere, wish I knew which of many photo albums.
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Jeeez - what kind of grief did you go through when GM closed down the Pontiac Division?
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Sad times, but GM had already previously taken the perfermance out of the division. Then, just when Pontiac was showing signs of performance resurgence with the revamped GTO and the even better new G8 (which was an excellent car), they pulled the plug. And it kept Bucik instead, which only made cars for custermers who average age was near the century mark.


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Very sharp. I was thinking back to the days when I had both the '67 Firebird and the '67 MGB Roadster. On a nice summer day on a winding road, a ragtop with a stick shift always trumps a hardtop with an automatic for driving fun. But the British car was never gonna be the chick magnet the Firebird was.
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I have owned convertibles, hardtops, and T-tops in the past, and for me the T-top is the best of both worlds. Open road motoring without the uncomfprtable hard wind buffeting that hits one from behind when riding in a convertible.


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....oops, my LeMans 326 was a 1967 and it was a very sharp looking car. I have a picture of it somewhere, wish I knew which of many photo albums.
The 1966-67 body style was one of the best looking bodies to come out of detroit in years. It still looks good even today.
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...this http://tinyurl.com/kj64u98 showed at the Friday night show a couple weeks ago..... 1964 GTO convertible body on a modern chasis & running gear. It drew quite a lot of looks.
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...the even better new G8 (which was an excellent car), they pulled the plug. And it kept Buick instead, which only made cars for customers who average age was near the century mark.
The G8 was an Australian design (Holden). I think the problem with it was that every time you tried to drive past a pub it would stop.

GM kept Buick because Buicks are hugely popular in China.


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The 1966-67 body style was one of the best looking bodies to come out of detroit in years. It still looks good even today.
Agreed, and my favorite was the GTO version with that understated hood scoop. To me that will always be the GTO, not the later one.
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The G8 was an Australian design (Holden). I think the problem with it was that every time you tried to drive past a pub it would stop.
My Australian friends would find that funny, but as a former US Navy Officer I need to get serious right now.

Australian Lt. General David Morrison had the guts to address the issue of sexual assaults in the Australian military, that NONE of the US General Officer Corps seem to have the guts to do. Please watch his address. I wish I could find a US General I could salute like I can salute HIM.

Ken will understand my frustration.

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The G8 was an Australian design (Holden). I think the problem with it was that every time you tried to drive past a pub it would stop.

GM kept Buick because Buicks are hugely popular in China.

Agreed, and my favorite was the GTO version with that understated hood scoop. To me that will always be the GTO, not the later one.
Yep, both the re-born new GTO and the G8 were both based on Holden. As all the Pontiac performance guys were either sent to Chevrolet, or downsized, Pontiac had to depend on Holden. Holden reminded me of what Pontiac used to be. And the Holden cars were so good that even Jeremy, Richard, and James over at BBC Top Gear loved them.

And yes, the 66-67 GTO was the best looking of them all. Still my favorite design.
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Lovely pictures Ted.
A whole series of exotic cars that we do not see up here in Europe.
Very nice to see those.
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