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Make & Model :
Pontiac Tempest Wagon
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Body Type: Station Wagon
Engine size: 5.3 litre 326 cu
Power: 280 bhp
Gearbox type: Automatic 3speed
Factory Options: Air Conditioning, Power steering
4-Barrel Carter Carburettor
280BHP at 4,800rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes
The Pontiac Tempest V8 326 Station Wagon.
The Tempest was introduced as an entry-level compact in September 1960 for the 1961 model year. Sharing the new monocoque Y platform with the Buick Special and Skylark, and Oldsmobile F-85 and Cutlass, the model also appeared under the Le Mans nameplate. The Tempest was produced in three different generations before being discontinued in order to promote the new Pontiac Le Mans instead. In 1964 the new, second generation Tempest was introduced and rode on a conventional body-on-frame chassis with a perimeter frame. The wheelbase grew to 115 inches, overall length to 203 inches, and weight by more than 300 pounds. Both the aluminium V8 and the Roto Hydramatic were discontinued in favour of a new cast-iron small-block V8 of 326 cubic inch displacement.
As one of approximately 2,200 Tempest V8 Station Wagons produced in 1964, this is among the rarest of all the body styles. Sold new in San Leandro, California to a Mrs. Mildred Alforte, she drove and enjoyed this V8 Station Wagon for the first 88,000 miles of its life. After the passing of Mrs. Alforte, the car was sold from the estate and stored away for about a decade.
The dry and solid Tempest later emerged from its years in hiding, and a full restoration was set off in the late 1990s. The car was stripped down to bare metal and assessed to be in overall good condition, therefore it was possible to maintain most of the Wagon’s original metal and major components.
Finished in a period correct white over red interior, the car has received clever mechanical updates such as the addition of front disc brakes, a larger front sway bar, Desert Cooler multi-core radiator, a Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission and an aluminium intake manifold topped with a Carter four-barrel carburettor. Documented with the original registration card and photos of the restoration, this Wagon is a welcomed weekend cruiser for all the family or a striking 1960s addition to any car show.
With the power of the 326 V8 the car is ideal for towing and many race drivers are now using these period vehicles for towing their 60”s race cars. As can be seen viewed from the photographs and video it is in outstanding condition throughout.
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