1972 455HO/4spd LeMans Sport Convertible
Price: - Item location: Roxbury, Connecticut, United States
- Make: Pontiac
- Model: GTO
- SubModel: LeMans
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: White vinyl
- Color:Lucerne Blue
- Engine size:455HO
- Number of cylinders:8 - 455HO
- Power options:Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Seats
- Drive type: M-22 4spd
- Interior color: White
- Options: 8 Track, Convertible
- Vehicle Title: Clean Want to buy? Contact seller!
1972 Pontiac GTO White vinylIn 1972, for whatever reason, Pontiac would not allow you to build a GTO Convertible. Judges were removed from the option list mid-year in 1971 so to build a real top flight Pontiac - you had to know your way through the options sheet. Production of HO convertibles was low with only 33 total being produced. Of those, 7 were Lemans GT's and 26 were Lemans Sports. Breakdown on the Sport production is 14 4-speeds and 12 Automatics. According to Dan Jensen who's been tracking these for decades and Jim Mattison at PHS only 12 of the total 33 are known to exist - 3 GT's (all automatics) and 9 of the Sports, 5 of those being automatic and 4 being 4spds.
Ordering the 455HO engine in an A-body in 72 forced some mandatory options. The T-41 Endura option (GTO hood, fenders and front bumper), RAM AIR, a 12 bolt rear axle and the new for 72 Unitized Ignition - checking off the box for a 4spd got you an M-22, there was no other choice. Although only available on GTO's in coupe or hardtop form, you could order your ultimate HO in a Lemans Convertible. That's how this car got started but luckily for us, the walk through the order form didn't end there!
Normal options like power steering and power brakes were ordered, as were the performance oriented ones like in-dash gauges & ride/handling package. Honeycomb wheels, custom interior, body color sport mirrors and vinyl stripes helped in the appearance department and for comfort you got Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Seat and Tilt Wheel. A stereo radio made its way in and so did the stereo 8 track in fact when everything was said & done 35 options were checked off on the list making it the most optioned HO Lemans Convertible known to have survived.
This car was built in December of 1971 at the Pontiac Assembly plant where all convertibles were built and was shipped to its selling dealership in Kissimmee Florida. It is believed to have spent its entire life in Florida as past titles show it being there back into the 80's. In the 41 years since, the car has only received one repaint, still wearing every rust free body panel it left the factory with. It has lived a well-cared for life and retains every numbers matching drive line component including the complete engine with carb & distributor, transmission and rear axle. It shows as a survivor should - honestly wearing marks and character picked up through the years. I've owned this car for 9 years now and it's time to pass it on to it's next owner.
Video of the car running can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XRNHOla0h5E
NOTE: Although shown in the pictures with Rally II rims those are only for storage - it will be delivered with a set of factory Honeycomb rims and new reproduction Firestone Wide Oval tires. T-Handle on shifter has been replaced with a correct black ball.
Please feel free to contact me to set up an inspection of this vehicle at your convenience. Rare cars like this do not come along every day. I can assist with transport (including overseas) or help with delivery for an additional fee. Car is for sale as is, where is and must be paid for prior to pick up.