Within only blocks of the concrete bunker we find some of the junkiest jalopies in all of Colorado. It’s not like us to keep this bounty to ourselves. Oh, no. We want to share it with you, our loyal readers.
Today we have the privilege of examining this 1972 Pontiac “Luxury” LeMans 4-door hard top.
In the early 1970’s the difference between a muscle car and a luxury car was often the difference between two doors and four.
The LeMans was Pontiac’s answer to Chevy’s Chevelle, Buick’s Sylark and Oldsmobile’s Cutlass. It was an “A body” car – not the big car, not the little car, the one right in the middle of the lineup. Depending on how an “A body” machine was trimmed from the factory, it could be either a performance or a touring vehicle. Either way, it would be a gas guzzler, powered by a massive V-8 displacing between 350-455 cubic inches.
Some of the more desirable early 1970’s GM “A-body” machines include the Skylark GS and GTX, the Oldsmobile 442, Chevy Chevelle SS, Monte Carlo SS and Pontiac LeMans Sport. Those models all fetch a pretty penny these days. They’re coveted and collected. This poor Luxury LeMans is an example of the models that missed that boat. It’s just a big ugly pile of rusting steel with no real value. Maybe that’s why it’s sitting in somebody’s side yard today.
This poor old LeMans, with its peeling paint, worn out vinyl top, mismatched wheels and missing hubcap sits, wing windows open, exposed to the elements, forgotten. Its quarter panels are rusting through and only two of its old tires still hold air. Still, the old car means something to somebody – enough that it’s not been hauled away and crushed just yet.
Someday it will be harvested for parts before its steel is salvaged and recycled. It’s a relatively straight car with plenty of pieces worth saving. The grills will fetch a few hundred dollars. The bumpers are still good. Anything that crosses over with the two-door model is still useful. But, on the whole, this 1972 Pontiac Luxury LeMans is just another of the many shitty cars of Englewood.