• Nov 10, 2008
1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest on eBay – Click above for high-res image gallery

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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      Jason
      • 6 Years Ago
      definitely a RARE collectible especially with original plexi windows, and dash plate. glad it didnt end up in a crusher somewhere. hope to see it racing again someday
      • 6 Years Ago
      Idk about the car, but I think I will start looking around my grandparents farm and start putting all the old stuff we have there on ebay, who knows I could strike it right.
      molin
      • 6 Years Ago
      Our Value Systems, are as Bankrupt as our Economy,,,
        schschmiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @molin
        You jus won the kewpie-doll ! Congrats, dude ! An American with a full set !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just because something is 'rare' doesn't make it valuable. The car is junk restored or not..Whoever paid that is an idiot...If they would have only made 6 Yugos, they would still be junk and worthless.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Obviously a lot of the comments are from younger people who don't know anything about this era of drag racing. They made around a hundred Ford Thunderbolts in 1964 and they bring this kind of money. This was the first of the factory funny cars as such. It is worth the dough
        • 5 Years Ago
        If being 'rare' doesn't make something valuable, why are Gold, diamonds, and other gemstones valuable?
        schschmiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        That makes 2 smart Americans found thus far ! Lets see if i can find more.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still looks like a piece of you know what. Person who paid for it much have way more money than brains. Good luck for the seller.
      Alf
      • 6 Years Ago
      IF (?) this is true it proves there is one born every minute.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Alf
        This car is ONE of the original 8 SD421 Lemans being the faster and holding the record 11.93 @123 MPH.It is an Alum front end car and the front end is known too exist as is the 421 engine[from what i heard].So there are the major key component to the car.I guess it going to be up to the new owner as leave the Pontiac rear in it or go back with the rear mounted trans axle.Which in itself was cool,like a clutch automatic where you used a clutch in 1st gear only.This car has ALWAYS be a favorite of mine ever since i can remember,CCSI2000 you ARE the man!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The $226K price could be worth it IF the original engine with its original serial number exists. Bonus points for the trannie. Otherwise, I am scratching my head why anybody would pay this kind of money for what will never be a complete car.
        schschmiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        3 !
        • 6 Years Ago
        The original engine and aluminum front nose off this car was found several years ago.

        This car will have the original engine when completed. The question is will it be returned to original or as raced condition.
      Mike
      • 6 Years Ago
      A friend of mine told me about what this car went for and his response was accurate.... He said " I dont care if Don Garlits and John Force both raced it, its a 1963 pontiac and not $200,00." And i agreed. So what does someone do with it now? Fix it up and put it in a museum? Oh boy !
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Yes, Mike, its a 1963 Pontiac, and yes its worth more than $200,000 due to its rare heritage.
        What, because it doesnt say Ferrari, Rolls Royce or Bentley it doesn't deserve such a high price to fetch? News flash: any fool with $300,000 sitting in a wall safe can purchase one of those vehicles and show it off to another fool who doesn't know diddly about cars.
        Now, how many folks who own one of those high end nameplates can tell their friends that only six of those were ever produced? Gimme a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 500KR (which, by the way has a pricetag of well over $100,000 if its in mint condition) anyday over a Ferrari.I will pull up to you in my rolling museum and offer you a ride!
        schschmiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        Yeah! I raced one too! Think it was, 1977 ! lolz !
      • 5 Years Ago
      This symbolizes another one of the great things that people can find on ebay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the SDs had holes drilled into the frames to make them lighter. I didn't see that in the under car photos. Maybe that was the later years? OBTW I owned a '62 Tempest/Lemans, 194ci, auto, rope drive. Fun little car until the shock towers gave out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is ridiculous,I've had my vehicle on ebay for 6 weeks and not one response.The vehicle is below Kelly Blue book and has extremely low miles.Some people just have too much money and not enough brains!
      • 6 Years Ago
      He turned down an offer of $160,000 to end the auction early because he feared getting negative eBay feedback.

      Who's gonna give him negative feedback if he ends early???
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