Why spend thousands more on a GTO just to get those three little letters on the side? If you''re a Pontiac fan on a budget, you shop for cars like this 1967 LeMans, which has been quite neatly restored and upgraded without erasing its identity. First off, this might be one of the nicest $30,000 cars we''ve ever seen. The color is exemplary, reproducing the original code DD Montreaux Blue. On the sleek LeMans profile, it looks outstanding and whomever did the work should have gotten a bonus, because it''s dazzling. From the stacked headlights up front to the gills in the quarter panels to the chrome-rimmed tail panel, there''s no mistaking this Pontiac for anything else and while folks are admiring the car, there''s nothing that will disappoint them. Gaps are good, the paint shines up beautifully, and it just has that look that says this is a very fast car. I always appreciate it when restorers stick to the factory recipe, so it has all the original badges, including the ''326'' emblems on the front fenders (which I''ll get to in a moment) and the factory-issued grilles up front. No fake GTO stuff, not trying to be something it''s not, just a well-executed LeMans that can stand proud on its own merits. The bucket seat interior was also restored back to pretty much factory specs. New seat covers, bright blue carpets, and fresh door panels give it a ready-to-use look that needs no excuses. Deep-set round gauges emphasize Pontiac''s fascination with the European look, and the wood-rimmed wheel looks right in the sporty interior. That Hurst badge on the rear fascia isn''t just for show, there''s a "his and hers" gated shifter in the console, one of Pontiac''s more entertaining ideas for those who chose the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. Extensive servicing means that all the little stuff works like it should, like replaced light bulbs throughout, lock systems that were aligned and lubricated, and all the other stuff that you just never get around to doing but annoys you every time you drive the car. Well, it''s already done. A digital AM/FM radio went into the dash, and it has the ability to upgrade to a CD changer or iPod interface in the future. And you can take to the road with confidence, since there''s a full-sized matching fifth wheel in the trunk, complete with a jack assembly. Pontiac''s 326 cubic inch V8 is a tough engine that likes to run, so they kept one under the hood when the car was restored. It''s a nice combination of OEM looks with aftermarket flash, and it means you''ll never shy away from opening the hood and showing it off. Chrome valve covers, an open-element air cleaner, and Pontiac Turquoise paint on the block look dynamite in the satin black engine bay, with an Edelbrock carb and intake adding some much-appreciated horsepower. Everything has been recently and extensively serviced (call us for details), so it''s ready to run, and the fresh Flowmaster dual exhaust system sounds downright nasty behind the stout small block. The 17-inch wheels are trick replicas of the Rally II and wear 275/40/17 performance radials that emphasize the raked stance. A great-looking Pontiac that isn''t trying to be anything but cool, and it totally succeeds. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.