Canadian Poseur: The Jury

This dealer-prepped decal muscle car from Calgary was a reflection of the times.

Stampede Pontiac-Buick LTD in Calgary, Alberta found itself in an unusual position in the fall of 1969. Sales of GTOs were strong but falling, and only two or three Judges were being sold each month. The market was evolving, and high-performance cars were on their way out.

(New images courtesy of https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/abbotsford/1970-pontiac-lemans-jury/1365984438

(New images courtesy of https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/abbotsford/1970-pontiac-lemans-jury/1365984438

Those cars still had image. Stampede thought about offering a car for those who wanted the image of the GTO and Judge but who reflected the new values that were emerging. The dealership concocted a plan to order 26 LeMans Sports Coupes (with B-pillar) with the 255-horsepower 350 and either a 4-speed (20) or automatic (6). All were Palladium Silver with blue bench seats. Upon arrival, they were striped with a design by a local company, and a 1969 Judge spoiler was installed.

For years there was folklore floating around thanks to intermittent sightings but, in 1994, High Performance Pontiac magazine published an article filling in the blanks.

Several months later, Pontiac had a similar idea and introduced the GT-37 (you can read more about it HERE). Standard quipment was very similar but the package was based on the Tempest-based T-37 and had the 400 available as an option.

Currently there's a Jury for sale on Kijiji for the bottom-dollar price of $80,000 Canadian. For the same amount of money, you can get a real Judge and have enough left over to buy a Tempest car. Which is a better value proposition for you?

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