AJ's Car of the Day '70 Pontiac Sport LeMans Convertible

Car: Pontiac Sport LeMans Convertible

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Pontiac's LeMans was a model name that was applied to subcompact- and intermediate-sized cars marketed from 1962 to 1981. For 1970, Pontiac reshuffled its intermediate lineup with the Le Mans nameplate downgraded to the mid-line sub-series previously known as the Tempest Custom and included two- and four-door pillared sedans, while the previous top Le Mans series was renamed the Le Mans Sport in the same three body styles including a four-door hardtop sedan, two-door hardtop coupe and convertible.

What made it famous: Replacing the Pontiac-built OHC six-cylinder as the base engine for Tempest/Le Mans models for 1970 was Chevrolet's 250 cubic-inch straight-six engine, while the 350 2-barrel was again the base V8 and the 4-barrel 350 HO was discontinued. This year, bigger engines which had previously  been reserved for GTO's were made available on lesser Tempest/Le Mans models including a 400 cid V8 rated at 265 hp with a 2-barrel carburetor or a 330 hp option with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.

Why I would want one: For those who can't afford a GTO, a Lemans Sport can be just as exciting, given the option of having one of the engines once reserved only for the Goat.

Fun fact: Manufactured in five generations, the LeMans line was replaced by the downsized Pontiac Bonneville for the 1982 model year and later resurrected from 1988 to 1993 as a badge-engineered version of the Daewoo LeMans car manufactured by Daewoo in South Korea.