When the GTO officially kicked off the muscle car era, it wasn't the cars hot V8 or aggressive design that turned it into a legend; people had been putting big power into attractive bodies for years. Our beloved Pontiac 'goat' is the result of what happens when a renegade car division that's ran by busted-knuckle gearheads is confident enough to go against their own corporate culture and then 'borrow' Ferraris most coveted name. I can't think of any GTO which embodies that take no prisoners attitude and charisma better than this frame up restored 1965 black on black Tri-power car. Fully sorted and paint shop fresh, it is the PERFECT car for any serious GTO fan who wants to prowl the streets in one of the most bad ass American cars to ever hit the road.
The beneficiary of a complete frame up restoration, this handsome GTO is a perfect blend of expert craftsmanship and fine attention to detail. The cars straight and solid body is covered in a deep, highly polished coat of GM code A Starlight Black paint that is so fresh you'll swear you smell wet paint as soon as you're within five feet of its glistening panels. Under that paint, straight and tight panel gaps, which are consistent throughout the car, indicate that this GTO was a solid piece even before the restoration began; and, as we all know, with a color like Starlight Black you simply can't hide misalignments of imperfections. The result is a clean, show-worthy GTO which looks great hammering down the highway, but is subtle enough to stay under the radar.
This monochromatic 1965 GTO perfectly epitomizes Pontiac's image of top-dog performance wrapped in a universally appealing, upscale package. At the front of the car, trademark stainless trimmed split grilles are bordered by clear, stacked T3 headlights and a pristine satin finished Pontiac arrow head. Below those grilles, a body width show-ready chrome bumper that houses clear, square parking lights displays a raked back appearance which gives the car a wider, more aggressive look. In the grille, a prominent, wide set “GTO” emblem stands out from a virtual sea of stealth black which is capped by a new for 1965 GTO exclusive hood scoop. Behind that hood scoop, new glass combines with excellent looking stainless trim and straight chrome drip rails to highlight the cars awesome pillarless hardtop. Below that glass, expressive 'coke bottle' fenders feature dent free stainless wheel well trim and arrow straight stainless rocker moldings. Behind the front tires, bright red GTO crests which include “6.5 litre” displacement stampings provide a bit of visual pop, and on the quarters, subtle, wide set “GTO” emblems feature factory fresh black inlays. At the back of the car, a body width chrome bumper with optional deluxe back up lights sits below a great looking finned rear valence that cleverly hides the cars brake lights and prominently displays a bright white “Pontiac” script. Above the bumper, an ominous black “GTO” trunk emblem contrasts well with a second centered satin finished arrow head, and below the bumper stainless dual exhaust tips add a nice finishing touch.
Under the hood you'll find a YS 389 V8 that was completely rebuilt during this GTOs extensive restoration and then upfitted with Pontiac's legendary Tri-Power setup. Correct chrome valve covers sit at the sides of three Rochester 2 barrel carburetors which each sport their own small, round air cleaner as original. Below those carburetors, a brand new coat of correct Pontiac Turquoise adorns the car's engine block from intake to oil pan, and a correct optional seven blade GTO fan sits behind a correct radiator that's equipped with correct GM hoses and tower clamps. At the sides of the block, correct reproduction exhaust manifolds send spent gases into a true dual exhaust system, and throughout the engine bay, detailing is nicely done including a properly finished master cylinder, a correct bright yellow throttle return spring, correct decals and a correct reproduction Delco Energizer battery. Visually, the satin black inner fenders and fully finished hood create an awesome frame for the turquoise V8 making for one fantastic looking engine compartment that you'll be proud to show off!
Logging very few miles since their complete restoration, this GTOs satin black floor and rust free frame are absolutely spotless and present as if they were brand new. During the restoration, the car's front suspension was completely rebuilt along with the its four wheel drum brakes and power steering was added to make the turns a little more manageable. Power from the growling 389 is sent to a Muncie 4-speed transmission which spins a familiar GM 10 bolt rear end that's complete with new coil springs, new shocks and a reproduction maintenance tag. In front of that transmission, the cars turquoise oil pan is completely dry indicating no leaks, and at the sides of that transmission, a nice mandrel bent true dual exhaust system incorporates two turbo mufflers, authentic wrinkle bent tail pipes and stainless steel turn downs. At the corners, correct silver painted rally wheels wear perfect stainless trim rings and center caps inside of four E70-14 Firestone Super Sport Wide Oval redlines. The bottom of this slick GTO is as fully sorted and fresh as its pristine engine bay with even the recently replaced stainless fuel tank, fluid lines and chassis hardware still retaining their parts store shine.
Inside the car a newly assembled black vinyl interior features firm Pontiac stitched seats and a completely restored walnut veneer trimmed dash. Positioned directly in front of the driver, correct optional rally gauges that are intended to be reminiscent of European sports cars look great and function just as well as they did in 1965. Below those gauges, a correct factory optioned AM push button radio sits in excellent looking new chrome trim which contrasts well with the gloss black lower dash. Between the seats, a new full length console holds a chrome Hurst shifter inside of excellent looking 'mile-long' finned trim, and below the console, new black carpet is protected by color matched floor mats with vibrant GTO emblems. At the sides of the seats, new door panels feature new stainless trim and chrome handles under correct red GTO emblems, and above the seats a new black headliner still retains its factory gloss. In front of the driver, a correct stainless trimmed Pontiac steering wheel features a trademark turquoise centerpiece inside of a pristine chrome horn ring. Behind the cockpit, an expertly restored trunk features a new trunk mat, a new spare tire and correct lid decals.
Included with this GTO is a framed show board which includes the cars Pontiac Historical Services documentation and a basic spec listing.
Packing a Tri-Power 389 under the hood and a slick shifting 4-speed Muncie transmission, this iconic black on black '65 GTO is an ideal blend of performance and style. It's an absolute pleasure to drive and with killer good looks it'll win trophies and turn heads seven days a week. If you've been looking for the opportunity to pick up a high quality muscle car to enjoy for years to come, here's your chance. Call today!
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