The Pontiac GTO is so prevalent among collector cars that it seems odd to find a 1967 Tempest that’s not a GTO – indeed because so many of them have been cloned to appear as original examples of the iconic muscle car.
The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Pontiac Tempest convertible with an honest presentation as a standard model, although notably equipped with the same 400cid, 335-horsepower 4-barrel V8 of the GTO, and with a 4-speed manual transmission.
The Tempest was completely restored a few years back “and looks awesome,” according to the Gladstone, Oregon, dealer advertising the Pontiac on ClassicCars.com.
“The burgundy exterior paint and convertible tan power top are in excellent condition,” the seller says. “The front and rear bumper is nicely chrome. All the glass has no cracks or stars.
“Equipped with tilt steering, power steering, power brakes, power top and dual exhaust. The burgundy interior bench seat looks great without any rips or tears. The dash also has no cracks.”
This is the second-generation Tempest, upsized to midsize, and which received a restyling for 1966, carried over to ’67. The optional 400cid V8 was new for 1967, and became the mid-performance-level engine for the GTO.
In my book, this was the best-looking era stylistically for the Tempest/GTO, the stacked headlights and “Coke-bottle” shape working to make it both sporty and classy. These are great-driving cars, too.
Although muscle car fans might see the lack of GTO badging as a detriment, as well the extra sport features, the Tempest version is essentially the same car, especially set up like this one with the big engine and manual shifting.
The big difference is the pricing, with the value of the regular Tempest significantly undercutting that of comparable GTOs. Which is another reason why it’s rare to find one in correct condition.
This one is fairly priced at $37,500, which seems like a lot of beautiful and muscular convertible for the money.
“These Tempest convertibles are rare, with continued care and maintenance should continue to increase in value over time,” the dealer notes.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day