- Original 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8
- Original Turbo Hydra-matic 400 3-speed transmission
- 14 inch Pontiac Rally II wheels
- Correct Verdoro Green exterior paint and Ivory vinyl top
- Correct Gold vinyl interior
- Pontiac Historical Services documentation is included with the sale
During its 84 year existence, Pontiac produced some of the meanest muscle cars that ever prowled American streets. And if you're a Pontiac enthusiast, chances are you're one of those car buffs who likes driving your classic car just as much as you like looking at it. That's why virtually all of our fully sorted, road ready Tin Indians roll out the doors almost as fast as they roll in. This fully documented, numbers matching 1968 GTO convertible is a whole lot of fun for not much money. Painstakingly restored to showroom fresh condition, it's a pure bred muscle car that wraps a numbers matching drivetrain and a ton open air style in correct Verdoro exterior paint that proves exactly why green is the color of envy! If you're in the market for some exclusive Pontiac muscle that is as much fun to drive as it is to show, this '68 GTO is YOUR car!
Included with the car's Pontiac Historical Services documentation is a copy of its original window sticker which breaks down as follows:
24267 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE: $3,486.93
* 400 cubic inch V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor: $00
* Turbo Hydramatic 4-speed automatic transmission: $236.97
* Saf-T-Track rear differential: $42.13
* Pushbutton AM radio: $61.09
* Retractable headlight covers: $52.66
* Deluxe wheel discs: $21.06
* Center console: $68.46
* Electric clock: $18.96
* Remote decklid release: $13.69
* Wonder Touch power steering: $94.79
* Wonder Touch power brakes: $42.13
* Complete Soft Ray tinted glass: $34.76
* Air conditioning: $360.20
* Verdoro Green exterior paint with a white vinyl top: $00
* Ivy Gold interior with bucket seats: $00
TOTAL OPTIONS: $1,046.90
VEHICLE TOTAL: $4,533.83
Assembled in Fremont California and originally delivered to Hockett Auto Sales in Grass Valley, California this broad shouldered GTO has traveled to virtually every corner of the country with previous owners living anywhere from Arizona and Illinois to Florida and Ohio. When the current owner took possession of the car, he financed a multi-year frame off restoration which amounted to just over $40K, bringing his total investment dangerously close to the six figure range. In typical Pontiac fashion, this GTO's correct GM code Q paint is one of its most striking virtues; and while the gold metal flake in original coats of Verdoro Green was almost ALWAYS dull, this car's fresh two-stage urethane sparkles like liquid sunshine. Under that glossy paint, the car's straight and solid body is in excellent shape, free of any dings, dents or ripples; and the super cool Endura front bumper, which is so frequently cracked, warped and beat up by the sun, is near perfect! It all adds up to one seriously cool head turner which drops jaws just as easily as it wins trophies.
For the 1968 model year GM redesigned the GTO with more curvaceous, semi-fastback styling which gave it a less traditional look, and subsequently, made it more appealing to younger buyers. At the front of the car, Pontiac's familiar stainless trimmed twin grilles hang hidden horizontal headlights and a pristine white “GTO” script below a satin finished arrowhead header panel emblem. Below those grilles, the car's curved front valence features the clear, corner mounted parking lights that virtually all Pontiacs adopted for the 1968 model year; and above those grilles, a new for 1968 hood features more aggressive sculpting that incorporates the first use of Pontiac's 'twin nostril' air intakes. Behind that hood a like-new glass windshield, which is cleared by the first production version of hidden windshield wipers ever featured on an American car, connects to a correct Ivory top through an attractive layer of well-maintained stainless trim. And at the sides of that hood, expressive 'coke bottle' fenders are highlighted by dent free stainless wheel well trim and straight stainless rocker moldings which add just the right amount of flash to the car's slick green paint. On the front fenders, traditional red and black inlayed GTO emblems display the cars “6.0 Litre” engine displacement; on the back fenders, white “GTO” decals sit next to awesome chrome trimmed Pontiac arrow head marker lights. And on the doors, traditional chrome door handles complement a correct chrome driver's side mirror and a correct stainless antenna. And at the back of the car, a show worthy chrome bumper hangs showroom fresh tail lights between spotless stainless exhaust tips and a black inlayed “GTO” trunk emblem.
Lift this GTO's solid hood and you'll find its original 9790071 Pontiac 400 which was cast on October (J) 21st (21) of 1968 (8) and branded with a correct “YS” suffix code. That impressive engine is centered in a thoroughly detailed engine compartment which was recently resealed and repainted by the experts at our own RKM Performance Center restoration facility. Every bracket was blasted clean and refinished, the car's core support, inner fenders and firewall were completely cleaned and re-sprayed, the big Pontiac block was bathed in a striking coat of correct Turquoise paint; and a new set of chrome valve covers was added along with a correct chrome and satin black air cleaner that provides just the right amount of sparkle to set things off. Below that air cleaner a 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor, and corresponding Pontiac intake manifold, replace the car's original, yet wimpy California 2-barrel set up. Behind that air cleaner, a correct points distributor sends spark through fresh black plug wires. And at the sides of that air cleaner, restored cast iron exhaust manifolds dump spent gases into a free-flowing true dual exhaust system. Naturally, the folks at the RKM Performance Center thoroughly reworked all the engines ancillary components as well. You'll find a completely rebuilt air conditioning system which is equipped with new hoses, a new accumulator, a remanufactured compressor and all new seals. There's a freshly detailed power brake booster which rides behind a remanufactured master cylinder. And finishing touches included the installation of a new wiring harness, a re-coring of the car's original radiator, cinching up a new set of belts, hoses and correct tower clamps, and a fresh Delco Energizer battery.
Take one look underneath this stunning goat and you'll really begin to appreciate what a high quality restoration looks like. Spotless satin black floor pans sit above a super clean, rust-free frame that is held together with new stainless hardware. Traveling up and down those floorpan is new stainless fuel and brake lines that run to either a new stainless fuel tank or correct power drum brakes. In the middle of the chassis the car's original 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission, which wears a correct 110424 partial VIN, sends power through a tough driveshaft to a fully restored GM 10 bolt rear end. The cars original double A-arm front and four link rear suspension has been completely restored to factory specifications and features correct power steering and fresh shocks. Recent bushings and body mounts give the car a showroom slick ride; and a fresh reproduction exhaust system sent spent gases through modern turbo mufflers and stainless tips to produce a classic sound that will make you feel like its 1968 all over again. At the corners of the car, 14 inch Pontiac Rally II wheels take the place of original disc wheel covers, and spin reproduction 215/75 Coker Classic redlines around dynamic, red lettered “PMD” center caps.
Finished in its correct, and very attractive, GM code 21 Gold, the interior of this pristine drop top perfectly complements its exterior's gold-tinted, green hue. While GM seems to be experiencing an interior renaissance as we speak, their designers were really at the top of their game in the 50s and 60s. And colors like this Gold, and the famous pearled Ivory found in Chevelles of the same vintage, literally shimmer in the sunlight and provide a testament as to one reason these cars continue to be so admired. There are new seat covers that are wrapped around rebuilt seat frames which are bolted through like-new carpet. A new dash pad hangs rebuilt gauges and luxurious looking trim above a slick wood and aluminum steering wheel. The clean original center console features a traditional 'his and hers' shifter; and mint door panels are detailed with fresh chrome handles, fresh stainless trim and bright GTO emblems. As you would expect, the trunk is in the same great condition with a new trunk mat, a correct jack and a full-size spare making their home next to plenty of room for car show supplies!
Included with the sale of this awesome GTO is the Pontiac Historical Services paperwork highlighted above, the car's original owner's manual and a stack of restoration receipts.
Featuring an original drivetrain, factory documentation, and an ultra-cool and highly desirable color combination, this GTO is what owning classic American muscle is all about! It's a fully sorted collector car that can be driven and enjoyed while it continues to climb in value. If you're in the market for some exclusive metal that features a clean restoration and a whole lot of character, this freshly detailed Pontiac is exactly the car you've been looking for!
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