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1970 Pontiac GTO

1970 Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO became known as "The Goat" due to an interpretation of the letters that make up its name. Figuratively speaking, the car's "defiant, stripped-to-the-basics personality" also had a hand in cementing the moniker, according to Edmunds.com. It is speculated that the acronym GTO, which stands for Gran Turismo Omologato, was taken from the Ferrari 250 GTO. American consumers have a history of shortening the names of cars with multiple syllables, and this likely influenced the nickname of this Pontiac brand. "The Goat" is catchy, easy to remember and was essentially born out of convenience.

Purchased new by our consignor's father before being passed on to our consignor in 1973 then enjoyed until 1983, we present for consignment a fab metallic blue 1970 GTO. With its original interior, a powerful V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission this car is begging to be resurrected to the boulevard cruiser it once was. With some solid wrench turning you'll be prowling the streets and the show circuit in no time at all.

Exterior
For 1970 GM tweaked the GTO's design with a number of detail changes and subtle refinements. At the front of the car, Pontiac's installed smaller twin grilles with quad headlamps at the edges of the iconic Endura bumper. Below that bumper, the car's front valance features revised and more aggressive square parking lights; and above that bumper, a sculpted hood with Pontiac's legendary 'twin nostril' Ram Air air intakes and a red, white and blue GTO decal. Behind those intakes, the glass is bordered by an attractive layer of bright stainless trim and a correct chrome driver's side mirror. Below that mirror and bathed in a 1976 Imron respray of Mid-Metallic Blue, aggressive fenders and body lines are highlighted by dent-free stainless wheel well trim, straight stainless rocker moldings and traditional chrome door handles. On the front fenders, red, white and blue GTO decals have been applied and give the right amount of pizzaz which matches the Starsky & Hutch light blue over the roof stripe. On the back fenders, '68-era arrowhead marker lights have been exchanged for wrap around taillights. At the back of the car, a chrome bumper hangs proudly with new for 1970 taillights between quad exhaust tips and another “GTO” trunk decal. Overall, the paint is in good condition for the age but does show crazing, inclusion, some minor rust bubbling and body filler on the passenger side from as consignor stated minor accident. 14-inch Ansen 5 spoke mag wheels are on all 4 corners and give the right vibe.

Interior
Take a look inside this A-Body's cockpit and you'll find a snazzy correct blue interior. Front and center a straight and crack-free dash wears a wood applique around the original gauges with an engine turned aluminum panel at the bottom. On the floor, a Hurst shifter in the original center console sits between the two bucket front seats. The seating, both front buckets and rear bench show soiling and wear with the driver's seat showing the majority and also a tear on the upper bolster where the stitching has separated. At the sides of those seats, stainless-trimmed door panels hang red-inlaid “GTO” emblems above the original hardware and armrests. Below those panels, soiled and stained carpet frames chrome-trimmed foot pedals. In front of the driver, what appears to be the original 3 spoke blue plastic rimmed steering wheel with its Pontiac arrowhead in the center. Behind the passengers, the trunk contains a slew of spare parts and full-size spare tire as well as a bumper jack.

Drivetrain
A 1970 numbers matching 400ci WT stamped V8 steel blue painted block is topped with casting number 12 Ram Air III cylinder heads. A non-original Muncie M20 4-speed manual is behind the mill and sends power back is a 10-bolt 3.55 Safe-T-Track rear axle. Patina abounds on this drivetrain, but all appears to be complete, and it does turn over by hand.

Undercarriage
Give this car a lift and we are met with independent front suspension and 4-link rear suspension. Power disc brakes up front, and power drums on the rear, bring it to a quick halt. Dual exhaust with turbo mufflers, that are in dire need of replacement, snakes its way from the mill back through a clean and rust-free frame, floor pans, rockers, and inner fenders.

Drive-Ability
Beings as this car hasn't been started in 38 years, yes 1983 was that long ago, we didn't dare risk cranking the engine via the key. We did, however, find that the engine turns freely by hand...a good sign.

Overall a nice example of a 2 owner 1970 GTO with its build sheet and known history. It's not often that you can find one fresh from a 38 year slumber that is complete with its numbers matching engine. Boulevard humbler or AACA show queen, the choice is yours but don't wait as I have a feeling this Goat will be out butting heads before you know it.

VIN DECODE
242370B109694
2-Pontiac
42-GTO
37-2 Door Hardtop
0-1970
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
109694-Sequential Unit Number

TRIM TAG
ST 70 24237-1970 GTO 2 Door Hardtop
BDY B125206-Baltimore Body #
TR 250-Blue Vinyl Buckets
PNT 25A-Bermuda Blue, White Vinyl Top

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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.