I purchased this car April 13, 1967, two days after returning from serving with the Navy in Viet Nam. Got out on April 11, (the day I met my "pen pal"), drooled on the floor of the Pontiac dealership on the 12th, and brought the car home on the 13. It and my "pen pal" have been an important part of my life ever since. The "Sprint" took us on our honeymoon in late September 1967, was used to transport my wife for the delivery of two kids over the next 4 years, and took us on many wonderful trips. We referred to it as our Pontiac Land rover, driving the gravel roads, which included fording creeks, in the wilderness areas where we live.
The car is driven occasionally, has been repainted, and is what is called a "survivor"! Still very close to the way I got it with the exception of an electronic ignition, and Rally II wheels. Three speed manual "Hurst" in the console and high back bucket seats add to the rarity of this vehicle. The original 6 cylinder with a factory 4 BBL provide plenty of power. The carpet has been replaced , but the rest of the upholstery is original. I only recently removed the "original" floor mats.
The engine was only produced 4 years and usually went in Firebirds. The Overhead cam engine was not shared with any other GM product.
I seldom see these vehicles, and never at shows. It still turns heads and has 145,000 on the odometer, though It is only driven on nice days, and has not been rained on in 20 years (sometimes hard to do in our Pacific Northwest weather), so it does get babied, but still gets driven.
It recently won a "Best in Show" at a car show, and I do NOT take it to shows. While it was clearly NOT the best vehicle, but the "story" made it a crowd favorite, and I was very pleased. It has been written up in the local newspaper and was featured in the October 2009 issue of the Pontiac Registry on line magazine. I am a member of the Overhead Cammer's Club, and have a lot of documentation, including the window sticker, build sheet, and the manuals supplied with the vehicle.
It is a FUN "head turner" for an ol" guy to drive!