A 231 cubic inch V6 was standard equipment, and that engine would go on to fame as GM’s 3.8 liter V6, so you know it’s durable and smooth. It’s really tucked far back by the firewall in the large engine bay, but that means the Esprit has great weight distribution and handling, and service access is good. With a 2-barrel carburetor, it makes a very smooth 190 pounds of torque, so it’s no slouch, and fuel economy will surprise you, even today. There are a lot of fresh parts, including a new water pump, new motor mounts, and a fresh set of valve cover gaskets, so everything works as it should. A quiet exhaust system is the right choice in this low-key Poncho, and there are new shocks and brakes, so it really does feel like a car you could drive every day. Handsome Pontiac “snowflake” wheels look great and wear newer 215/65/15 Goodyear radials.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States