1969 Pontiac GTO
1969 Pontiac GTO Coupe
In early 1963 a team of engineers and designers got together at Pontiac and decided to focus more on street racing and power. The Tempest had been in production for a bit and a more “muscular” powerful car was needed. Hence the acronym GTO or Grand Tempest Option became the code for the secret new development that would take place. John DeLorean actually claims the GTO came from the Italian Gran Turismo Omologato or Grand Touring Homologated (certified) which in reality the car was never meant for grand touring, but to be the fastest straight-line Pontiac produced.
This code 73 color (Verdoro Green Metallic) GTO or tongue-in-cheek “Goat” supposedly because it would EAT anything (i.e. the competition) or “Tiger” (voracious) is a fair example of the American Muscle Car in its heyday. 51,994 miles (not known if original) sports rally wheels and redline tires, as well as a short sport shifter, and rally steering wheel.
Repainted to color Match Verdoro Green Metallic, shows some blistering on the hood, as well as rear quarter panel repairs with slightly noticeable imperfections. Rust is showing on left door and appears to be surface variety. Fit and finish is not perfect, but typical of a car from 1969. Chrome bumpers are in fair condition, and other trim is pitted, or slightly dulled. Grille is in good condition, and hiding headlights are working. A thorough studying of the underside photos is recommended, as there appears to be possible issues with front suspension and steering, as well as brake hoses. The body mount bushings appear to be nonexistent on all 4 corners. Some “wet” areas are present around transmission seals, and floor pans showing areas of rust as well.
Black vinyl bucket seating in front and a bench seat in back, show very little wear and use, and appear to be original to the car. Black carpeting is found in good condition in front and rear of passenger compartment. Center console black vinyl lid to storage is worn on sides and rubber boot on shifter is cracked on driver's side. Vinyl peeling and rusting is present around ashtray area on dash, otherwise dash is in good condition, with gauges working as well as switches and knobs. An AM radio is inserted, and heat and venting controls are working as well.
A 400ci V8 engine with headers, and performance exhaust with a Quadrajet carburetor make up the power plant. A 4-speed manual transmission is seen, and A-arm independent front suspension with coil spring rear suspension which came standard on this car from the dealership. 4-wheel drum brakes stop the car quickly and efficiently.
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This vehicle is 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.
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