Jack Hollowell wasn't looking for a compact Pontiac convertible, but as soon as he saw this 1963 Tempest, he knew he had found something special. `I just kept coming back to this car ... it is a great looking little car,' he said.
A smooth-running 326 cubic inch Pontiac V-8 occupies the well-detailed engine compartment, which includes a factory-original glass windshield fluid bottle mounted on the inner fender. Don't look for a transmission under here, though -- it's mounted to the rear axle.
If you look closely, you'll see what the access plate in the trunk is for -- it reads `Remove Plate To Check Transmission Oil.' That's right, the transmission dipstick is located in the back of the car.
The distinctive Pontiac split grille carries the `326' badge indicating this car is V-8 powered. The following year, the Tempest would provide the platform for what most consider the first true muscle car, the iconic GTO.
Hollowell has thought about adding custom wheels to the Tempest, but almost everyone who sees it recommends against it, preferring the classic full-wheel Pontiac hubcaps. Tires are Cooper 205/75R/15 thin-line whitewall radials.