Mid-sized cars are great for those who would like to enjoy the cool looks of smaller muscle cars, while at the same time enjoying some of the more practical aspects of a full-size car. Pontiac, a division of General Motors produced a great mid-size car for several years, beginning in 1962. The Pontiac LeMans was quite successful, and its production continued through 1981. Here, we’ll focus on the 1968 Pontiac LeMans, which enjoyed a great deal of success, in particular with its hardtop coupe, which was its most popular body style.
Aside from the hardtop coupe, the ’68 LeMans was also available as a convertible, sports coupe, and four-door sedan. Its wheelbase measured 116 inches, and the car held a sizeable 21.5 gallon fuel tank. The base engine was a six cylinder, measuring 250 cubic inches, which produced 175 horsepower. The 1968 Pontiac LeMans had a starting price of $2,701. Today, that would equate to a pretty reasonable $17,880. Weighing in at about one and a half tons, this car was great as a first car.
Eventually, the LeMans experienced some redesigns that resulted in boxy-looking body styles and different aspects were dropped altogether from production, such as the station wagon body style. All in all, the car enjoyed some success, and came to an end in favor of others. Such is the story of many classic cars of the post-war era, which focused ever more on the demands of an ever-changing customer demand.
Did you ever or do you now own a 1968 Pontiac LeMans? What did you think of it or what were your favorite aspects of this classic car? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment in the section below.