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HELP, Need your opinion....lemans or gto ?

hey guys i need your opinion (please),

i just got a pretty nice 65 lemans 2 door hardtop, 4 spd, consoul with A/C,

im fixing to repaint it back the original blue mist slate,

my question is, since im gonna strip it down to paint it & it having the
1 hardtop
2 A/C
3 4 spd and consoul

should i go ahead and cloan it a gto ? i can get all the emblems for about 300 bucks, and im a body man,

or would u go back with the lemans ???

i had one buddy tell me there are more 65 gto`s today then there were in 65 lol,

what would u do ?
thanks for your time and opinion.: confused
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That's your choice, depends on what your going to do with the car. A nice 4 speed LeMans is a great desirable car, especially with A/C. If you want to enter it in shows, I'd leave it a LeMans. If you just want to cruise around in it as a toy or race it I'd go with the GTO. The GTO will turn a lot of heads, but your friends right, so many have been cloned (including mine) there are probably fewer of them than GTO's today.
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It's up to you really.........personally if it is a LeMans, I would leave it one. Either way "make it nice"...you have a HUGE advantage, being a Body man! Congrats, Eric



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LeMans are cool in there own right and probably rarer than the GTO nowadays. I'd leave it but that's just me.

You'll just have to explain to everyone that asks that it's a "clone"......forever.

Bolt ons are the same for the two cars, just build you a sleeper like Instigator. With his 455, he does'nt play second fiddle to any GTO's IMO.
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No matter what you do... It will always be a lemans. It's your money but you'll park next to many more gto's than you will lemans'.

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Well you guys are right, i think im gonna leave it a lemans, thanks for your opinions,
i do have 1 more question,

isnt it true that on a 65 u cant tell if its not a real gto by the vin # ???
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just build you a sleeper like Instigator. With his 455, he does'nt play second fiddle to any GTO's IMO.
Well i guess you know my vote......, Thanks Alky, high praise coming from someone with a blown goat. Went through the same dilema with mine. I say if its intact leave it a LeMans, if you need to tear it down to the frame and do a lot of metal work put the tailpanel in and make it a GTO. Dont forget Tailpanel and lights (6-800), Grilles (400), Hood (600)

And also 55, no true pontiac fan looks down their nose at a Tempest/LeMans. Your correct, until 66' the GTO was just an option on them but PHS will confirm whether it was a GTO or not. The ranks of LeMans/Tempest are growing stronger here day by day....lately the newbies with Lemans/Tempest are around the same as those with true GTO's.Also you have a bit more latitude for custom touches because you do not have to worry about #'s matching and altering a "GTO" from original.....Welcome to the reservation...

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Keep it a LeMans. Much less common than a GTO these days, and it's a 4 speed at that. One of the first, really nice Pontiacs I knew as a kid was a red '65 LeMans convertible with a parchment interior....and a 4 speed with console and gauges. I still remember the checkered flag 326 emblems....too cool. Just another GTO clone is not interesting to me at all. A 4 speed Lemans is, though. Oh yeah...almost forgot: Keep it Blue Mist Slate!!!
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Keep it a Lemans. In my eyes the GTO, Lemans and Tempest are all nice cars.I see way more GTO's (or clones) than I see Lemans and tempests are even more rare. Put a big motor in it and you won't be disappointed. Enjoy.
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Well guys,

'I made up my mind, im gonna keep it a Lemans, put the gto hood on it (it came with the car) and paint it back bluemist slate,

by the way INSTG8TER ....... i LOVE your plates...lol nice touch.

thanks for all your help,

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