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Old 09-23-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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become the LeMans in 1968? I remember riding in a neighbor's 66 Tempest back in 72 but have not heard much about Tempests lately
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:57 AM
 
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I believe 1970 was the last year the Tempest name was used on the A body car line and they renamed it a T-37 for the next year (1971) with the Le Mans name taking over after that. (1972)

Of interest if you lived in Canada, in 1987 you could order up a new Tempest, but it was a rebadged Chevy Corsica.
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:12 PM
 
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From Wikipedia: The Pontiac Tempest was an entry-level compact produced by the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors, introduced in September 1960 for the 1961 model year.
Sharing the new monocoque (unibody) Y platform with the Buick Special and Skylark, and Oldsmobile F-85 and Cutlass, the model also appeared under the LeMans nameplate (largely beginning with the 1962 model year, though Pontiac also manufactured a few 1961 LeMans coupes).
For 1964, the platform was redesigned with a full-size frame, and renamed A-body. The Tempest name was discontinued after the 1970 model year in favor of LeMans, a nameplate previously used for upmarket versions of that series.

During most of the 60's the LeMans was a slightly higher trim level Tempest, the GTO was high trim with a (usually) better engine and (maybe) transmission.
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