1971 Pontiac T-37
1971 Pontiac T-37
In 1971, Pontiac GTO owners were hit with a big insurance premium. In response, the Pontiac engineers offered muscle car enthusiasts an alternative option. The Pontiac Le Mans T-37 was a high performance option which mated the guts of a GTO with the appearance of a low budget economy Le Mans. This T-37 was special ordered by the Denton Texas dealer Warren “Monk” King with the sole purpose of terrorizing the local, regional, and national drag strips.
This T-37 was ordered with basically no options. It is a radio and carpet delete car and the insulation and all sound deadening materials were deleted from the factory as well. It could be considered a factory lightweight car with these delete options. The optional engine that powers this car is the top of the line 455 HO powerplant. The 455 HO is mated to a weight saving column shift Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. A factory tinted windshield helps cool the interior for the driver. It is an original a black car with a white painted top from the factory, but that white paint was quickly covered up with gold metallic paint which resulted with the nickname “Black Gold”. Many Pontiac enthusiasts believe the paint combination was done to continue the black and gold theme that some other Pontiac drag racers used when racing their GTOs in the mid to late sixties.
The Black Gold T-37 Pontiac was categorized in the D/Stock class and it was not unusual to hear that it ran the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds!
It is believed that this T-37 is one of six ever built with these options. It is in mostly original “as raced” condition and it is currently powered by a correct 1971 455 Pontiac engine. With approximately 4,000 original miles, many Pontiac enthusiasts consider this car a time capsule.