Pontiac’s 350 cubic inch V8 shares a displacement, but little else with the erstwhile Chevy powerplant, and it has a sound all its own. It’s also big on torque production, making this bright red ragtop feel light on its feet and very capable out on the open road. It’s covered in Pontiac Turquoise engine enamel and accessorized with a big chrome air cleaner and a set of Edelbrock valve covers that give it a period performance look. It starts with a bark from the dual exhaust system, which features mandrel-bent tubing, and a X-pipe and quickly settles into an even idle. There’s a cam inside, so you can hear that there’s some added horsepower on tap, and with a high-stall torque converter in the transmission, it practically lunges off the line. The underside is ready to rock with big sway bars front and rear, power steering and brakes, and a proper stance that screams horsepower. Factory Rally II wheels are wrapped in 235/60/14 BFGoodrich radials that really fill the wheel arches.

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