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Who Stole 4 Cylinders From This 1962 Pontiac Tempest?

In 1961 Pontiac engineers working to release the first generation Tempest under the guidance of John Z DeLorean wanted to offer a small displacement and frugal engine but did not have the budget for a full scale development effort. What they did was hack half the cylinders off of a 389 V8 and create the 195 Trophy 4.

It was one of the first American built sedans to have a 4-cylinder engine since the Kaiser Henry J went out of production and would rattle the fillings out of your teeth with vibration. Find this 1962 Pontiac Tempest Trophy 4 currently bidding for $2,125 reserve-not-met and $11,500 buy-it-now on ebay, located in New Castle, DE.


The Trophy 4 was available in 115, 140, and 166 horsepower ratings, depending on which carb and compression ratio was used. Interestingly enough, only a few Tempest left the factory with the optional 215 cubic inch V8 in 1961/1962 and most were powered by the 195 ci bucking bronco four. So why is it that people don't talk about the Trophy 4 Tempests very often? 'Cause it's like talking about an ugly sister that you want to get married off. You know she needs a husband but you don't want your friend to be mad at you!

Under the hood is a misshapen lump that looks like a V8 that has been given a unilateral mastectomy...which is essentially what the Pontiac engineers did. All the V8 smoothness was replaced with the inherent imbalance of a 3.2 liter inline-4 and power was transferred via Pontiac's rope drive to the rear mounted transaxle. The fact that the Trophy 4 weighed 200 lbs more than the optional Buick 215 alloy V8 is truly ironic.


This Tempest looks great inside and out, with perfect upholstery and nice carpets. It is a shame the seller did not include a close up of the original lever-action automatic shifter.


You can read more about the Trophy 4 in this Hemmings article by David LaChance or in this MotorAuthority guilty pleasures article by Murilee "Isn't She Dreamy" Martin. See another 4-cylinder powered ugly sister? tips@dailyturismo.com


Originally published as 10k: Half A Loaf: 1962 Pontiac Tempest Trophy 4 on Daily Turismo.

Photo credits; car pics from ebay, and cross section by Pontiac via hemmings.

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