Ultimate Barn Find:
Super Duty Tempest Found!
In a story too bizarre to be fiction, one of six rare 1963 Super Duty Pontiac Tempests thought to be long gone has turned up in Harrison, Michigan. When the eBay auction closed on November 9, the winning bid was $226,521.63. Not bad for a car with no motor, no trans, beat-up paint, and a non-original front end. The car has been positively authenticated as the one that Stan Antlocer ran during the 1963 NHRA season, and that Popular Hot Rodding reported on in the December 1963 issue. What makes the Antlocer Super Duty unique is that it was the only one converted to a solid axle (the other five cars were run in NHRA competition with the original independent rear suspension, rope drive, and rear transaxle).
Almost as soon as the auction opened, the seller was bombarded with questions from Pontiac experts. When that happened, the "Buy It Now" option quietly disappeared, and the bidding skyrocketed. We called the seller to get additional information after the auction closed, but he declined to elaborate on the advice of his lawyer. We got unconfirmed reports that the seller was asked as a favor by someone else--possibly a family member or friend--to dispense with the contents of a garage that included the Tempest. The seller allegedly piled the contents of the garage into a truck to take to the dump, intending to do the same with the Tempest. The story goes that his daughter suggested he sell the car on eBay rather than tow it to the dump. If that's true, then this rare bird is one lucky piece of history!
We're working on a major story on this significant barn find, as well as an interview with the Tempest's original owner and driver, Stan Antlocer. We'll also have plenty of juicy details from Pontiac experts, as well as current and historical photos of the Antlocer Super Duty Tempest soon, so stay tuned.
Laguna: Full Speed Ahead!
To be honest, I thought you guys were a bunch of tools over there with "get your car in the mag," but you buying the Laguna changed that for me! Anybody building a Laguna can't be all that bad. I'm building a 1976 Laguna S3. It's green with white inside, with all the 'Guna spec stuff. I'm going with the following: big-block 454, Flowmasters, steel two-inch cowl hood, ZR1 taillights, big brakes, and anything that will make it handle like a GT car. As far as parts go, I have a bunch of NOS parts I bought over the years to do this right (my family owns a Chevy dealership); no one has as many new Laguna parts for the inside and outside as I do. Laguna owners are a bunch of crazy guys, too, like the poor version of Shelby owners without the paperwork! I'm building mine to drive every day, so everything I do will be based on that. I even got two brand-new noses in the boxes. Pack rat DNA. If you need anything, contact me.Warren Rodgers
We didn't have the heart to call your letter our "Rant Of The Month," Warren, because outside of being just a tad crazy, there's nothing insulting about it. Send in some pix of your car and your NOS swag, and we'll print 'em! As for Project Talladega, our body and paint are handled in this issue, but all the custom touches, like spoilers and block-offs, will be next month.
Thank you for the enjoyment and memories your October issue has given me. I was passing the magazine rack and saw the yellow Popular Hot Rodding title, remembering how I would get the magazine in my younger years. So I picked it up, read it complete that night, with flashbacks of being 13 years old and a runner for my Dad's friend's AA gas dragster pit crew, racing weekends at Irwindale, OCIR, and Lyons Dragstrip.