Pick of the Day: 1963 Pontiac Tempest with factory V8 and loads of style

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible, one of the sweetest compact cars of the early ‘60s, especially when paired with the factory 326cid V8. 

This Tempest looks to be a super-nice example, with some period-appropriate upgrades for added performance and appearance.  While this was still one year prior to the Tempest GTO option that arguably launched the muscle-car era, this sharp-looking droptop should provide plenty of go as well as show.

“With only 5,012 Tempest convertibles produced in 1963, this is not a car you see at every show!” notes the Palmetto, Florida, seller advertising the Tempest on ClassicCars.com. “These cars have so much character, they really stand out from the crowd. Add to that the V8 powerplant under the hood and you could argue that this was really one of the first muscle cars.

“The Pontiac 326 V8 engine has been topped off with a Holley Performance carburetor and upgraded coil for a sure spark. Dual exhaust gives it a nice muscle car sound that is unmistakable.”


The Burgundy paint is fairly recent, the seller adds, and contrasts nicely with the beige interior and power-operated fabric top.  The Tempest rides on a set of Eagle Alloy wheels shod with BF Goodrich Radial TA tires.

This Pontiac looks very sporty in the gallery of photos with the ad, showing off a nice stance along with its sharp original styling.  The car has been driven fewer than 68,000 miles, according to the ad.

“The interior has been restored and shows very well,” the dealer says. “The dash mounted shifter is very unique and makes for a good conversation piece at car shows.”

The Tempest has been provided with an aftermarket audio system and speakers, including a subwoofer mounted in the trunk. 


This tempting Tempest is priced at $33,995, which is reasonable for a car as nice as this one seems.

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