- Original 389 cubic inch Trophy V8
- Correct Tri-power carburetion
- Original Muncie 4-speed
- Limited slip rear end / 3.55 gears
- Correct Starlight Black paint
- Original and OEM sheetmetal
- Correct Parchment and Black interior
- Fully documented
- $184K concours restoration
- Winner of multiple national awards
If you're a fan of style, speed and comfort, you simply can't go wrong with Pontiac's storied GTO. The goat practically defined the golden age of Detroit, and by the time its first production run was over, it had become the best-selling muscle car of all time. Not surprisingly, demand for these cornerstone classics continues to be strong. And, in the first nine months of 2013, we've shipped EIGHT GTOs to eight very satisfied owners. The product of a $184K concours restoration, this national award-winning drop-top is quite possibly the world's finest Pontiac muscle car. With its numbers-matching, Tri-power drivetrain, mostly original sheetmetal and desirable Black on Parchment color combination, it's the perfect car for anyone who cruises fast, wide and loud. And if you're searching for an investment grade classic that'll roll straight out of the showroom and right onto the red carpet, it's the opportunity of a lifetime!
Before we begin this rare Poncho's thorough aesthetic and mechanical breakdown, here's a detailed look at its VIN, cowl tag and Pontiac Historic Services paperwork:
* 2: Pontiac Motor Division
* 37: LeMans and GTO
* 67: Convertible
* 5: 1965 model year
* B: Assembled in Baltimore, Maryland
* 1: 8-cylinder assembled during the model's first 100,000 units
* 12337: Sequential production number
* 01C: Assembled during the third (C) week of January (01), 1965
* 65: 1965 model year
* 2: Pontiac Motor Division
* 37: LeMans and GTO
* 67: Convertible
* BAL: Assembled in Baltimore, Maryland
* 1978: Sequential production number
* 218: Parchment interior
* A: Starlight Black paint
* 1: White convertible top
EQUIPMENT LISTED BY P.H.S.
* Starlight Black paint
* White top
* Parchment & Black interior
* GTO option
* -- 389 cubic inch, high compression V8 that's complete with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust
* -- 3-speed synchromesh floor shifter
* -- Sports type springs and shocks
* -- Special 7-blade fan and fan clutch
* -- 7.75x14 redline tires
* -- Chrome air cleaner cover
* -- Chrome rocker arm covers
* -- GTO emblems
* 389 cubic inch Tri-power V8
* Transistor ignition system
* Fully synchronized 4-speed synchromesh transmission
* M20 wide ratio manual transmission
* 3.55 gear ratio
* Soft Ray glass
* Windshield washer and dual speed wipers
* Remote outside mirror
* Door edge guards
* Dual exhaust splitters
* Back up lamps
* Courtesy lamps
* Instrument panel pad
* Rally gauge cluster that includes a tachometer
* Pushbutton AM/FM radio that's hooked to a manual antenna
* Custom sports steering wheel
* Tilting inside mirror
* Power windows
* Floor mats
While this goat's classic good looks originated in the mind of engineer John Z. DeLorean, it was the first class professionals at Jim Mott Restorations that worked double time to ensure those looks present better than ever before. With a solid body present and accounted for, the car was gifted a set of OEM quarters and meticulously straightened to better-than-new condition. When that highly detailed metalwork transitioned from the garage bay to the paint booth, modernist panels were layered in four coats of correct Starlight Black DuPont ChromaBase, sealed in five coats of urethane clear and detailed with subtle white pinstripes. Once that finishing work was vivid, dry and shiny, a first class profile was fitted with a correct white top. And today, this sinister tin indian is world class trophy winner that proves things of quality have no fear of time.
Tough, understated and attractive, this GTO perfectly defines Pontiac's lasting legacy of tempering sophistication with aggression. The front of the car is dominated by trademark, stainless-trimmed grilles that are anchored between stacked T3 headlights, a pristine, satin-finish arrowhead and a broad chrome bumper. Inside those grilles, a prominent “G T O” emblem hints at the performance bolted beneath a new-for-1965, GTO-exclusive hood scoop. At the sides of that scoop, expressive 'coke bottle' fenders hang dent-free wheel trim and arrow-straight rocker guards around familiar GM door handles. On the outside of those fenders, bright GTO crests combine with black “G T O” scripts to create visual sizzle that matches the car's visceral thrill. Above those crests, Soft Ray glass combines with brand new stainless and a correct chrome mirror to highlight the car's super clean profile. And behind that glass, a second chrome bumper hangs small reverse lamps below a finned valence, an ominous “G T O” badge, a second arrowhead and appropriately centered “PONTIAC” lettering that lets everyone know EXACTLY who outran them.
Raise this Pontiac's long steel hood and the first thing you'll notice is a killer Tri-Power 389 which sports a trio of Rochester carburetors, a web of stainless fuel lines and three chrome air cleaners. Less obvious, of course, is the stalwart engine's correct 9778789 casting number, December (L) 30th (30) of 1964 (4) casting date and Tri-power 389/4-speed-exclusive “WS” build stamp. Dubbed 'Pontiac's Trophy 389' because of its domination in motorsports this Turquoise mill, which was bored .030 over during its recent restoration, is one of the first production engines to feature purpose-built performance hardware. Its triad of Rochester carburetors feeds a high output intake that's bolted between hydraulic lifters, hardened valve seats and correctly mirrored rocker covers. Fires are lit by a correct, points-style distributor, which jolts sparks through a fresh set of Packard Radio TVRS wires. Cooling is provided by a big Harrison radiator, which sends water around a correct fan shroud via pliable hoses and traditional tower clamps. And exhaust is funneled through a nice pair of cast and correctly restored manifolds. At the front of the engine, you'll find a correct and recently rebuilt alternator. In front of that alternator, you'll find a fresh Delco battery. And everything inside this clean, Satin Black engine compartment is exceptionally well done and looks fantastic!
Logging few miles since its noble rebirth, this goat's subdued floors and straight frame are completely free of significant issues and major defects. The stout 389 sends power to an original Muncie 4-speed which hangs a familiar 3851325 casting number in front of a Muncie (P) assembled on November (11) 5th (05) of 1964 build stamp. That proven gearbox grinds power to a stalwart GM 10-bolt, which spins a limited slip differential around gravel busting 3.55 gears. At the sides of that rock-solid drivetrain, aluminized, true-dual exhaust pipes connect the car's restored manifolds with tough turbo mufflers, small resonators and polished side-splitter tips. At the sides of that booming soundtrack, a professionally restored suspension is complete with manual steering, correct spiral shocks and big drum brakes. At the corners of that suspension, a quartet of painted steel wheels spins 7.75-14 U.S. Royal redlines around detailed Pontiac Motor Division hub caps. And, as it sits, this Poncho has no major leaks of any kind, as new fluid lines retain their parts store shine.
Open the car's freshly finished doors and you'll find a correct Parchment interior that's sporty yet classy. Front and center is firm bucket and bench seats which feature bright chrome trim, cool pleated covers and era-correct lap belts. The engine's vitals are displayed by a correct Rally gauge cluster which integrates round-faced dials into veneer trim inspired by European sports cars. On the floor, like-new carpet anchors a chrome Hurst shifter inside a stainless-trimmed console and black, Pontiac-branded floor mats. At the sides of the car, fresh door panels hang chrome handles and small power window switches beneath clean white frames and bright GTO crests. In front of the driver, a custom sports steering wheel spins a wood rim around a Turquoise, Pontiac-branded horn button. And behind the passengers, a spotless trunk sandwiches a correct jack and a full-size spare tire between a new mat and fresh decklid decal.
Not surprisingly, MAJOR honors back up this GTO's “award-winning” claim. Here's a list of the car's national accolades:
* First Place at the 2013 All Pontiac Indian Uprising in St. Charles, Illinois
* Concours Gold/Junior at the 2013 Pontiac-Oakland Club International CoVention in Dayton, Ohio
* Concours Gold at the 2013 GTO Association of America CoVention in Dayton, Ohio
* Winner's Circle Award at the 2012 GTO Association of America Convention in Loveland, Colorado
* Concours Gold at the 2011 GTO Association of America Convention in Portland, Oregon
* Best of Show Award at the 2011 GTO Association of America Convention in Portland, Oregon
* Jim Wangers Award at the 2011 GTO Association of America Convention in Portland, Oregon
* Concours Gold (992/1000) at the 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, Illinois
* Jim Mattison Celebrity Choice Award at the 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, Illinois
* First Place at the 2010 All Pontiac Indian Uprising in St. Charles, Illinois
* Concours Gold at the 2010 GTO Association of America Convention in Wichita, Kansas
* Concours Gold (989/1000) at the 2010 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, Illinois
And while we're listing things, here's a rundown of the items included with this pristine classic's sale:
* An original owner's manual
* A book of restoration photos
* A stack of restoration receipts
* A cost summary of those receipts
* The aforementioned Pontiac Historic Services paperwork
* A reproduction window sticker
* Reproduction factory paperwork
* A copy of the car's feature in GTOAA's The Legend newsletter
* A packet of GTOAA judging sheets
* Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals judging sheets
* A pair of factory-style door guards
* A correct, non-working oil pressure sending unit
This awesome GTO is a documented, investment grade muscle car that features an ideal blend of performance and style. And, thanks to its numbers matching drivetrain and professional restoration, it'll be an absolute pleasure to drive and show. If you've been patiently waiting for the opportunity to pick up a near perfect example of the ORIGINAL muscle car, here's your chance!
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