For sale is a 1968 Pontiac LeMans located in Corvallis, OR. $9995
Originally from Walla Walla, WA, this LeMans was purchased from Dale Graves Inc in 1968. Originally painted "alpine mist" blue, the black vinyl top was a dealer-installed option. It remained in Walla Walla for a number of years before being bought by a classics enthusiast in Richland, WA. It was his daughter's daily driver through high school, but as gasoline prices increased rapidly in the early 2000s, she quickly lost interest in the 350ci V8. I purchased the car in 2005 at the age of 15, returning to it to Walla Walla once again. It has been a reliable and fun car! The engine has always started reliably and runs smooth. Same goes for the transmission - always smooth to shift. The reason for sale is my life priorities have changed, and it's no longer a dream to restore this LeMans to its once showroom beauty. It's time for another enthusiast to enjoy it as I have for the last 15 years.
Under my ownership it's been a sunny Sunday driver, living most of its life parked (on jack stands!) in a covered, insulated garage. I long had ambitions to remove the vinyl top, repair the dents and scratches, and repaint it the original Alpine Mist. But as I moved off for college and then graduate school, my priorities remained other places. Now a homeowner and bike enthusiast, this remains true. I brought it to Corvallis in the summer of 2019, but with my garage too small to house the car, it sat the last winter outside under a 5-layer car cover (included in sale), and I knew it was time to move on.
I have only done basic maintenance (oil, fluid, belts, brakes, tires) during my time of ownership. The current tires (Grand Prix Performance GT) have >90% life on them. I make a point to start and run it frequently, and take it out for a drive about 1x/month. Even toys like these are meant to be driven! To my knowledge the 350 V8 engine is original (according to the previous owner, I have never run the numbers), though the original transmission was likely replaced for the current Turbo Hydra-matic 350, which became the standard in 1969 (or so I'm told). The odometer currently reads 61,410, which I'm assuming means 161,410 miles. The interior is in too good of shape to be original, but the seats appear to have been replaced with a factory-quality kit. The car was originally equipped with A/C, which was long ago removed but included in the sale. It currently has a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, but the stock 2-barrel is also included in the sale. Some original paperwork is included in sale, including the original dealer Protect-O-Plate!
All gauges, signals and wiring works, all down to the "open door" buzzer. The one exception is the front left low beam light. I replaced the bulb to no avail, so now I'm thinking a ground wire must be loose. All four lights work when the high beams are on, which makes me think there's a loose ground at that headlight, or perhaps the high beam toggle pedal. The brakes work VERY well, but take a few tries to get a feel for the sensitivity (initially a hard pedal but then transitions to very touchy).
The pictures show the state of the exterior. All glass is intact, and all window seals are in good shape with no known areas of leaks. There are two dents - one behind the left wheel that looks like it might have slipped off a jack at some point (after it was painted yellow), and one at the trunk lid (previous owner's daughter backed into a truck hitch). No areas of concern regarding rust - any spots are small and surface only. The vinyl top has a tear under the rear window, but is otherwise in good shape. If you're looking to keep the vinyl top, a replacement piece beneath the rear window would be a good option. I never opted for this as I had plans to remove the vinyl top prior to repainting the car. There is also a surface crack in a poorly done Bondo repair above the rear left wheel well. Any reputable body shop should be able to salvage the area and redo the repair properly. She's not perfect, but is by and large this is a clean survivor from the muscle car era. It's ripe and ready for the next enthusiast enjoy the engine's purr or the smell of burning rubber when you let the ponies loose.
Price is $9995 or best offer. Located in Corvallis, OR. Buyer would need to arrange shipping.