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World's fastest Tempest - 1963 LeMans

it's not a snowblower, but it is 100% dyed in the wooled designed/made in USA vintage machinery, made at the same time while Ariens 10M's and Snowbirds were rolling off USA assembly lines, this was rolling off a GM assembly line.

it sold for $3,100 new. was lost in 1964. then popped up on Ebay, and sold for $226,000

fascinating story, for all you snowblower mechanics who appreciate vintage made in USA machinery. this is the kind of provenance and heritage you will never see in the type of machinery we are being sold today.

eBay Find of the Day: 1963 LeMans Tempest sells for $226,521

eBay Find of the Day: 1963 LeMans Tempest sells for $226,521


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The eBay auction for this 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest started out innocently enough. Obtained after owner died. Appears to have original interior but no motor, no transmission. Body has a little rust and some dents. There's stuff in the trunk, but no key to open it. Opening bid nine days ago was a mere $500. After one week, eBay seller 123ecklin will pocket $226,521 before auction fees. What happened between Day 1 and Day 9 is an amazing story.

The car's plexiglass windows, unusual suspension setup and a dash plate bearing the name of a racetrack tipped the owner to its racing history. But what he didn't know is that the car is one of only six 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest Super Duty coupes ever made. Hemmings recently did a story on the rare cars in which they listed all ever built. This one looks to have been driven by Stan Antlocer and was the fastest drag car in 1963 before disappearing.

Reading through the questions on the auction gives us reason to believe the seller truly didn't know the car's provenance. In his answers, he seems both surprised by the car's potential value as well as overwhelmed by the attention. He turned down an offer of $160,000 to end the auction early because he feared getting negative eBay feedback. That decision paid off. With only seven minutes remaining, the highest offer was $95,000. When the virtual gavel fell, eBayer ccsi2000 had bought a very rare, if a little rusty, LeMans for $226,521. Thanks for the tip, Trevor!





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after being restored, it showed up at car shows





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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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and was recently re-united with the original owner and driver, who had not seen it since 1964, for 50 years... and had been looking for it during the 1990's. ...
so next time you're working on your old 1960's American made snowblower, just imagine it's a Super Duty Pontiac in miniature.
because in a way, it is... it's from the same era, built with the same quality DNA.
American made from the boom years of the US post-war economy.





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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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Now that's a cool story! What a beautiful car. Ya' just gotta' love old iron. Thanks for sharing it.

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Neato story, recall reading it a few years ago.
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looks a lot like the 63/64 gto I was in accident with. I was a passenger- car was totaled. Very cool story.
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Very interesting story that brought back some fond memories. My first driving lesson was in a 64 Lemans with a 326 and a four speed.

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I had a '64 LeMans with straight 6/automatic 2 speed, blue with blue gut, bucket seats, and oddly enough it had a power drivers seat, and console/floor shift. paid $600 for it, drove it a while, sold it for $900.
should have kept it...




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AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
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Very good story. Od muscle cars were the coolest ever.

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my first car was a $100 1966 Pontiac Catalina. 389-2bbl 4 door. that darn thing would go...

in 11th grade was already working 30 hours/week after school/weekends, bringing home a whopping $68/week. bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu 307/2bbl for $300. had it painted black for $300. put headers, mags, and bucket seats in it.
now the funny part...Dad didn't pay for it. I actually had a LOAN at the bank, and the payment was $45/month. drove the wheels off that car, for 3 years. sold it for $100, and they drove it away. it had like 130,000 on the clock. should have kept that one too...

I see most of today's kids, have no hands on mechanical skills, and don't know how machinery works. they are stuck in their social media iphones all day, pushing those little buttons. sad.

I see it in adults today too. they sit back and think about what they are going to buy next, rather than what they are going to actually produce, build, repair, or work on next, themselves. I don't understand the desire to be complacent, when there's so much interesting stuff to do.

when productivity leaves the general public, the society is on the downstroke...afraid to say. less and less people are actually producing today.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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