The Pontiac Lemans was an intermediate size car that shared the GM A-body platform. It’s corporate cousins were the Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Cutlass and the Buick Skylark.
For 1972, Pontiac consolidated all of their intermediate models under the LeMans name. The Tempest was long gone and the GTO was not a LeMans option package. The low price model was the a stripped down LeMans pillared coupe. The top-line model was the Luxury Le Mans, available in hardtop sedan and coupe models. The LeMans Sport was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. The LeMans Sport featured Strato bucket seats and the plush interior fittings from the Luxury LeMans. In addition to the LeMans GTO, there was not a “LeMans GT” option. The option was available on the LeMans pillared and hardtop coupes with any of the V8 engines, which ranged from the 350 two-barrel carburetor to the 455 High Output four-barrel carburetor.
This 1972 LeMans Sport was bought as a project for the owner and his son to rebuild. They found a the rust free LeMans in New Mexico with most of the parts and pieces. The car was originally cardinal red with a white vinyl top and a white interior. It came with an automatic transmission, power brakes and air conditioning. Everything appeared to be there, but the A/C had to be converted to modern refrigerant. They took most of the body down to bare metal. They found very little previous body repairs, just the usual door ding type of repairs. They took the car to Lazer Rock in Albuquerque for professional paint and body work. All badges were removed except the Pontiac emblem on the trunklid and the arrowhead logo on the nose. The front and rear seats were recovered and front door panels and armrests were replaced. Under the hood they found a good Pontiac 350 motor that had between 105-110 lbs of compression per cylinder (original compression ratio was 7.0:1 so still pretty strong). They replaced the 2-barrel carburetor with a new Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake. The stock radiator was replaced with an aluminum unit.
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