In the early ‘60s, all the car manufacturers presented compact sedans. However, Pontiac went a different route and presented one of the most advanced and interesting American cars of the era. The new 1962 Tempest had an independent suspension all around, in a time when all cars used live rear axles.
Also, it featured the economical four-cylinder engine. But the most interesting parts are the rear mounted gearbox and transaxle design, things that were unheard of back then.