The rear spoiler and Formula graphic were added during the restoration for a more performa
Since the engine ran so well, it was simply checked to ensure good compression, a new fuel pump was installed, and it was detailed for installation. The trans and rear were both opened for inspection and then resealed. Though factory exhaust manifolds are in place, the aftermarket true-dual exhaust with a crossover, no cats, and hi-po mufflers was retained and dressed with stock tips.
Prior to reassembly, the subframe, upper and lower control arms, core support, and many other small parts were stripped and powdercoated. The balljoints, bushings, shocks, fuel tank, and fuel and brake lines were replaced, along other wear items, but the 1.25-inch front stabilizer bar, the WS6 springs, 0.750-inch rear stabilizer bar, and 14:1 constant-ratio steering box remain.
Looking back on the restoration, Jim says, “This Formula was a great find. At first I couldn’t believe its California delivery story was true—but it was, so I had to have it. Also, its color combination and its options made it worthy of a full restoration.
A simple cleaning was all that was required to make the Snowflake wheels look new, since t
He continues: “Mike and Bobie at Sunrise Automotive specialize in Firebirds and T/As, so they know them well and do fantastic work. Though I would have loved to keep the Pontiac for myself, since I started a new business venture, PHS Muscle Cars, with my son, we decided to auction it. Because our mission statement is to only provide cars to the public that we would be proud to have in own car collections, I knew that this Formula would represent the new company well.”
Shortly after the restoration, noted Pontiac collector Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering purchased the Formula at auction, and it now resides in his collection. Ken says, “It’s a very rare Pontiac that’s drop-dead gorgeous—I couldn’t help myself.” It turns out Jim and Ken know each other and their businesses are only 45 minutes apart in Michigan and Indiana respectively, yet both of them and the Formula made the trip to the Mecum auction in Dallas to do the transaction, since Ken didn’t know Jim was the seller of the car.
Here’s a peek at the clean undercarriage.
In Ken’s hands, it will live the life of luxury going forward and remain a well-preserved piece of Pontiac history. One thing is for sure—this Formula reminds us to never say never, especially when it comes to Pontiacs.
A copy of the dealer invoice lists the options and shows the California dealer to which th
The buildsheet reveals how special this Formula is.