You have to admire when a car company makes an outside the box move in automotive technology and that’s exactly what GM did with the ‘Y’ body compacts introduced in 1961. Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac all shared the Y platform for their entry level compacts and they all introduced innovative technology to their platforms but it may have been Pontiac who was the most innovative. Starting with the 195ci slant four- an engine that was basically the Pontiac 389 cut in half and a rear transaxle that eliminated the transmission hump and allowed for more interior room, this was quite a change in what Americans were used to. Priced at $13,500 and available on Hemmings , this nicely optioned Tempest Safari would be a great acquisition for anyone looking for something just a little bit out of the norm.
Options on this Tempest include the Custom Safari trim package, all transistor radio, two speed wipers, power rear window, deluxe interior and full wheel covers. The current owner stripped the body to bare metal and patched and rust areas with metal patch panels. Front and rear floor pans are new as well. A driver quality paint job was applied.
No transmission hump to be seen here! The interior received new front seat covers, door panels, headliner, wind lace, carpet and wagon vinyl flooring.
The Tempest is powered by the aforementioned 195c.i slant four with a 4bbl carburetor producing a respectable 166hp. Mechanical work includes a serviced and resealed automatic transmission, new kick-down cable, rebuilt carburetor, new alternator generator, radiator and hoses, electric fuel pump, Petronix electronic ignition, front wheel bearings and seals, shocks, wiper motor, tailgate power window motor, all new wiring including dash, fuse panel and under hood wiring.
With great looks, innovative technology and and a ton of work done to bring this Tempest Wagon up to a quality driver, is there a Tempest in your future?