Engine totally rebuilt, 80% tires, Alabama origination, Consignment sale. The Tempest was heaped with praise from automotive journalists in its time, yet as with many compact American cars, was a tough sell to those accustomed to a full-size land yacht. No American car before or since possessed a drivetrain and suspension quite like the Tempest, which sprang from the same John DeLorean-Pete Estes brain trust that cooked up the Pontiac GTO. The four-cylinder and rear-mounted transaxle configuration would resurface with the Porsche 924 in 1976, but not before Mickey Thompson whittled down the Pontiac half a-V-8 into a 250-plus horsepower Pontiac quarter-of-a-V-8.
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