By Vern Parker
The passion for automobiles that Doug Mar nurtured as a child growing up in Indianapolis has never faded. Into his life many cars have come – and gone. He is skilled at automotive restoration so when one of his cars has been renewed he often sells it to make room for the next project.
Almost three years ago he was at his computer when he saw a notice offering for sale a 1973 Pontiac . Since the car was located in Boonesboro, Md., not far from his McLean, Va., home he went to investigate. What he found was a 1973 Pontiac LeMans with the GTO option. All four wheel wells were riddled with rust and, Mar recalls, the entire vehicle was covered with a coat of primer. He suspects the primer was an attempt to camouflage any and all imperfections.
Still, the sport coupe had a certain appeal to him so in January 2010 he purchased the car. The 17-foot, 3.4-inch-long Pontiac was loaded onto Mar's trailer along with assorted parts and hauled off to his home. There he discovered the car had originally been sold at King Pontiac in Gaithersburg, Md. That made the vehicle a local car. When new it wore a coat of Ascot Silver paint.