COLUMBUS GROVE — Mike Birkemeier, of Columbus Grove, owns this 1964 Pontiac Tempest Custom. He has owned the car since 1989.
The Tempest was Pontiac’s in-between car, introduced in 1960. The model was redesigned for 1964, when the car was larger and more powerful. This new design featured a body-on-frame design. The Tempest is the same body style that Pontiac used for the GTO. The 1964 Tempest was easily recognizable due to its strong lines and signature front end.
The 1964 Tempest was available as a two-door hardtop, a convertible, a four-door or station wagon.
Birkemeier traced his car to when it was first sold at a dealership in New Jersey.
“I have the original leather key fob that came from the dealership,” said Birkemeier.
The car then made its way to Arizona. It was later sold and made its way to Ohio where Birkemeier found it for sale in the classified ads.
“The car was in great condition, having spent so much time in the dry climate. I have tried to keep the car in its original condition as much as possible with the exception of the slotted aluminum wheels,” said Birkemeier.
Birkemeier’s car features a 326-cubic-inch V-8 engine and a two-speed automatic transmission.
“From a dead start it shifts into second gear at 75 miles per hour,” said Birkemeier.
Birkemeier says he has a lot of good memories with this car, taking it through parades, going to the drive-in movies and trips to the lake.
“This car is a driver and I’m looking forward to doing a mechanical restoration and taking it on a long road trip,” said Birkemeier.