The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Pontiac Tempest. We make the process of selling your Pontiac Tempest quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Pontiac Tempest was built by General Motors from 1961 to 1970 and then again from 1987 to 1991. The Tempest shared the monocoque unibody based on the Y platform with the Buick Special and Skylark, and Oldsmobile F-85 and Cutlass. Some of the time during its run it was branded as a Tempest, at other times, it was a sub-model of the Le Mans by Pontiac.
The first generation Tempest cars, made between 1961 and 1963, are the most desirable to collectors. The base engine was a 195 cu in (3.2 L) straight-4. It was marketed as the "Trophy 4." It was the cylinder bank from one side of Pontiac’s 389 cu in V8, which was the most common V8 used in Pontiac’s larger cars, such as the Catalina and Bonneville. Other powerplants available included the 326 cu in (5.3 L) V8, 389 cu in (6.4 L) V8, and the 215 cu in (3.5 L) Buick V8.
The Tempest was classed as a compact car. It was available as a 4-door station wagon, 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, and as a 2-door convertible. It was available with a 2-speed or 3-speed automatic, or with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission. The Tempest was the Motor Trend magazine 1961 Car of the Year.
From 1987 to 1991, the Tempest was based on the compact L-body of the Chevrolet Corsica. This version was only available in Canada.