1964 Pontiac Tempest – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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With an untouched body and some work done underneath, this car could be a great project or patina cruiser

The second-generation Tempest arrived in 1964, and was produced for three years until 1967.

Gaining in size from the first-generation compact-bodied Tempest, the second-gen saw a far more conventional construction and shared it’s a-body platform with its contemporary, the Chevrolet Chevelle.

The Tempest had a myriad of body-styles on offer, from 2-door coupes and convertibles, to four-door sedans and even a station wagon.

Engines on offer were a 3.5lt and a 3.8lt inline-six, and a 5.3lt and 6.4lt V8. The 6.4lt V8 optioned in the top-spec Tempest Le Mans was named the GTO, the defining hero specification of the model.

This 1964 Tempest in particular was optioned with the smaller two-barrel 5.3lt (326ci) V8.

The car boasts a re-upholstered interior, and some refurbishments under the skin. With new wheels and tyres, new suspension, exhaust, radiator and reconditioned brakes – the car purportedly runs and drives well.

The body present itself untouched and unrestored, with some fantastic patina.

With only a small patch of rust present in the boot, the seller will provide new panels with the sale.

At $30,000, the car represents great potential; as a moderate restoration project, the bodywork seems to be all that’s needed for a pristine looking big-body coupe, or leave it as is and have yourself a survivor-looking patina cruiser.

Tempests are rather rare in Australia, and this looks to be a good base at $30,000.

You can check out the full listing here.

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