When I see things listings that say, “Figure-8” car, I automatically figure that within months, the car will be a dead carcass on a rollback headed to the crusher. Amateur racing is brutal on cars, period, and what was a modestly decent shell will look like a soda can that was kicked around all afternoon after a few races. Sure, it ended life as a racecar, but it wasn’t a glamorous end. You can only save so many vehicles from that fate, but while surfing Craigslist I found one gem that might have a second shot at life. This 1977 Pontiac LeMans was destined to go racing, but the seller decided that prepping a race car was more than he wanted to deal with. Some of the interior is gone, and the car is in “hide everything” black from head to toe, but there’s nothing really wrong with it. The 350/automatic is present, it runs and drives, and it even has paperwork.
Why would you bother with a project like this? Because it’s already gone enough that no matter what you do, so long as you don’t set it on fire or drive it into a brick wall, things can only go right from here. Get some aftermarket gauges and build a panel. Put in that rollcage. Get some D-slot mags and some all-terrain tires or wide street rubber. Make this thing bark. It’s a 1973 LeMans…they aren’t that collectible, they aren’t that valuable, but they aren’t that common either. Give that car a reason for living! Eight hundred bucks is the buy-in for the car itself…how much money were you prepared to dump into a project car? We see a NASCAR tribute machine in the works right here…what about you?