August 4, 2018
It was no surprise to find that this 1967 Pontiac Tempest Custom didn’t have a speck of dust on it anywhere… it’s owned by RealRides reader Steve Gates of Akron, proprietor of Steve’s Pro Cleaning. Gates is the car’s second owner, having bought it for $2,900 30 years ago from the original owner — who lived right in the same neighborhood! Yes, this car has spent its entire garaged, pampered life in Akron. Under the hood is Pontiac’s 326 cu.in. V-8, and it’s connected to a column-mounted automatic transmission. Those dog dish hubcaps are original to the car, but the redline tires are a more recent addition from Coker Tire. The interior is upholstered in something that Pontiac called elegant all Morrokide; the brochure also seemed pretty proud of the ball bearing ashtray. You’d never think it to look at it, but Gates’ car has 152k on the odometer! Very nice.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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