GTO fans, rejoice. Here's an unusual 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible that keeps a very stock look but runs like it weighs 1000 pounds less than it does. How's that possible? How about a freshly built 400-inch Poncho that's been built for combat, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the suspension and brakes to use it. Oh, and did I mention that it comes with more than $126,000 worth of receipts attached to it? Yeah, you're going to love this car.
The entire point of this car was to build a stock-looking 12-second GTO convertible that could run with modern Camaros. Have they succeeded? Well, you'll have to run it and let us know, because it has only covered 1314 miles since it was finished, so it really hasn't turned a wheel in anger. Basic black looks spectacular and we love the fact that they skipped the Judge stripes and even the rear spoiler, making this somewhat of a sleeper, if such a thing is possible. They started with an ultra-straight car, and as a result, it's just gorgeous with great panel alignment and looks outstanding from every angle. And for subtlety, this car nails it with HID headlights, a few well-placed GTO emblems and two modest nostrils on the hood. In a world of over-done resto-mods this one looks fantastic and will catch a lot of folks asleep at the wheel.
You're going to dig this car's interior, which almost looks stock save for a few modest upgrades. The seats look stock, but that's black leather instead of vinyl so it's a lot more comfortable. The carpets and door panels are in excellent shape, and the dash is fitted with aftermarket gauges that could almost pass for stock if you're not familiar with period GTOs. The Budnik 3-spoke wheel is simply gorgeous, and you'll note that the center console houses a shifter with five gears on the knob instead of the usual four. This is also a factory air car, highly unusual in a GTO convertible, and all new components were reinstalled when the new engine went back in. The original AM radio and 8-track unit are still in place, with a Bluetooth radio stashed in the trunk to help with the illusion that this is a stocker. A matching black power top lowers itself in a matter of just a few seconds and lives under a snug-fitting boot, while the trunk is properly outfitted with a reproduction mat and full-sized spare.
Now, about that engine. It's a Pontiac 400 rebuilt by McIntosh Performance and puts out around 500 horsepower. It features an Edelbrock intake manifold fed by a FAST fuel injection system so it can look like a stock carburetor but run like a modern car with EFI. There's nothing too radical up top, which only helps with the illusion that this is a stock Goat, although you've never driven a stocker that runs like this. There's a fresh dual exhaust system to provide an awesome soundtrack, and with that 5-speed overdrive transmission, it's both a beast out of the hole and an easy cruiser. It's suspended on tubular A-arms up front and control arms in back, with coil-overs all around. Baer supplied a set of giant cross-drilled disc brakes, 14-inchers in front and 13s in back, and there's an electric parking brake for safety. Obviously things like the lines, hoses, and gas tank are new, the floors are excellent, and those big 17-inch Torque Thrust wheels are shod with fat 245/45/17 Michelin radials.
A beautifully done GTO that offers a lot of subtle upgrades to create one of the slickest pieces of muscle we've seen in a long time. Call today!