Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY TWENTY-FIVE: 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sport convertible
If he had his druthers back in 1999, Bill Hamann would have been buying a GTO instead of a LeMans. Had that been the case, however, he might well be having less fun today. Instead, he stumbled across the next-closest thing to a GTO, but for a much friendlier price, and it turned out to be the perfect choice.
"I always had a sweet spot for Pontiacs. I grew up with Pontiacs and I’ve had some GTOs, so I was looking at something like a ’71, ’72, but since I couldn’t afford the big-buck GTOs at the time, I was just looking for a convertible to enjoy,” he said. “I found this in the paper one Sunday — I had been looking at a ’72 LeMans because I like the front end better on those than the ’71s. This was advertised as a ’72. Turns out it was a ’71, but it had the Endura front, which was a cheap option at the time, but it was nice and I liked it. As much as it needed work at the time, they came down in price a little bit and it worked out.”
With fewer than only 3,865 ’71 LeMans Sport convertibles built, and with many no doubt driven hard, examples as nice as Hamann’s are certainly few and far between. He doesn’t cross paths with many others, which only adds to its appeal.
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