1966 Pontiac Tempest Convertible
According to published data, only 5500 Pontiac Tempest Convertibles were produced in 1966. This 1966 Pontiac presented at auction is a Z code car (produced in Fremont, CA) and a numbers matching V-8 and automatic transmission, making this a low production number car!
This very solid California car underwent a complete restoration within the last 4 years. While the body was not removed from the frame during the restoration, new body mounts were installed. All body sheet metal was very solid and original to the car, with the only exception being the trunk floor. While the very minor existence of pin holes could have been covered with filling and leveling product, the owner opted to professionally replace the truck with factory replacement panels to maintain the integrity of the car. While the car is fitted with a GTO hood, the original hood to the car is available. All trim and chrome was refurbished and looks excellent! While the beautiful red paint is not correct to the body tag, it never-the-less looks GREAT with the black interior and black convertible top.
Under the hood you’ll find a matching numbers 326 V-8 with the correct AFB 4bbl carburetor. The motor was rebuilt as was the transmission. The motor runs strong and the transmission shifts just like a 66 Pontiac should. Since this is a Z-code car, all the California smog components came with the car from the factory. While this was removed during restoration, all CA smog parts original to the car are available if desired.
During restoration, the springs were replaced with new, and new upper ball joints were installed. The brakes were completely rebuilt and maintain the original drum braking system. The steering, braking and suspension are restored to factory specs. The wheels are Rally 1 wheels, and the original wheels and caps are available with the car. New tires complete the excellent look of this car.
The interior was completely restored with new carpet, upholstery, door panels and more. An after-market wood steering wheel was installed. All dash components work and an 8-track radio from a GTO was installed. The car sports a new vinyl convertible top with a glass rear window! The top hydraulics were re-worked and the top goes up and down smoothly.
The car has been meticulously maintained since completion of the restoration. The car has never seen rain and is parked in a climate controlled garage. You’ll look far and wide to find as nice a 1966 Pontiac Tempest Convertible as this one presented at auction on September 2 in Billings, MT.