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Tom Karpenko's 1974 Pontiac LeMans - Cruise Missile

By Miles Cook, Photography by John Kiewicz

Up in the frigid hinterlands of Minot, North Dakota, lurks Tom Karpenko's badass '74 Pontiac LeMans. Taking a break from the frost (and trading it for rain) at the '98 CC Summer Cruise in St. Paul, Tom debuted this obscure land-yacht GM A-body alternative-one of the coolest cars we saw at the show.

By Miles Cook
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49 comments
Ken Johnson
Ken Johnson

looks like the one from Discovery Channel "Moonshiners"

Brian Banker
Brian Banker

own two loved them both one stick /one auto

Steven Elkins
Steven Elkins

Those were the sharpest body style of the 70's. How many were sold? About three.

Steven McCready
Steven McCready

Had a silver one with a custom power sunroof that car was a chick magnet!

Phil Landers
Phil Landers

The tail lights on the 73 were better IMO. I had a 73 LeMans Sport Coupe back in the day. Was black also.

Tiri Parent
Tiri Parent

people hoo said does cars was scrap dosent no mutch about good cars

Tiri Parent
Tiri Parent

doese car was realy good cars i add one like this but red not black

Michael Kelley
Michael Kelley

Grew up in the 70's and 80's and always loved these and other Pontiacs from that era.

Larry Atkins
Larry Atkins

I sure had some FAST TIMES in a white one of this style, 400 4speed!

Chip Bonham
Chip Bonham

Like it cause its not a body you see all the time! "Dare to be different"

Ralph Laakmann
Ralph Laakmann

funny how your taste changes...hated these bodies when they came out....now I would love have one.................

Tom Mosley
Tom Mosley

Mine was dark brown. I miss that car.

Michael Mungo
Michael Mungo

I didn't like them when they were new in the 70's but I like that one.

Gene Stribling
Gene Stribling

I would not drive the pile of junk like this scrap it,,,

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

From 98 summer nats and it still looks awesome!

John Lyons
John Lyons

Looks like the one from Moonshiners...

Kel Chwartacki
Kel Chwartacki

Love it !! Had one !! Centre console and power windows!

Kent Hartleib
Kent Hartleib

Only one of his nice cars great guy great cars!

Carl Muniz
Carl Muniz

My brother had when when he was a teen thing was a bad ass car I have been looking for one for him ever since he got ride of it

Tim Howe
Tim Howe

Good looking car, they drive good and have nice interiors.

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

I always liked that body style--never saw too many of them.

Jim O'Mahony
Jim O'Mahony

Do you buy modern road race wheels and tires for all of your feature cars....oh brother

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