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Pontiac Le Mans (1964)


Pontiac Le Mans (1964)

Without the original factory-backed race cars' class constraints, modern drag racers have been able to develop muscle cars further still, and this Le Mans is a prime example. It uses some of the original frame but with the rear rails narrowed in order to fit in the huge racing slicks and custom-fabricated coilover damper suspension and adjustable four-bar locating arms. At the front all unnecessary steel has been stripped out which means no inner fenders. The interior too has been stripped completely, with painted metal left for the floor and door panels. Two lightweight racing bucket seats stand alone inside. The engine comprises a 400ci (6.6-liter) block with 455ci (7.5-liter) crank and Super Duty con-rods, plus 12.5:1 pistons and a huge carburettor that can flow 1150 cubic feet (32 cubic meters) of air per minute. Nitrous oxide adds 150bhp (112kW) while racing.

Pontiac Le Mans (1964) Specifications

Top speed:159 mph (254 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):3.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:449 ci (7,357 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:520 bhp (388 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:524 lb ft (710 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,501 lb (1,137 kg)
Economy:5.9 mpg (2.08 km/I)
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