What you're looking at here is one of the rarest GTOs of all. The
1974 GTO was a one-year-only design of which just over 7000 were
built. This unusual GOAT also includes a rather rare bucket seat
interior, a strong-running 350 cubic inch small block, and
traditional red paint, the ultimate GTO color.
The GTO moved to the X-body platform in 1974 and would be discontinued after that, so the compact coupe you see here kind of represents the bookend to the original 1964 models. This one was originally code 75 Buccaneer Red, and during the restoration no one dared to change the color, and we're all better off for it. They did a great job with the refresh, and it's pretty clear that this car was never someone's beater because everything fits well and lines up neatly. A new GTO stripe package was installed to really make it stand out, and yes, that hood scoop is actually fully functional, not just a piece of dress-up. Big chrome bumpers were a fact of life in 1974 and they're in good original condition here, and it does wear plenty of GTO emblems and badges, just in case you missed the point.
White bucket seats were an option in the GTO, and that's exactly what was ordered for this beauty. The seats, plush carpets, and headliner are in very good condition and the white door and kick panels show reasonably well for being original. The dash is standard X-body, with a simple wide speedometer and fuel gauge in the factory bezel, aided by a set of auxiliary Bosch oil, temperature, and volt gauges that provide a welcomed addition of information for the driver. There's a modern AM/FM/Cassette stereo head unit in the center of the dash and other than the aftermarket wood-grain steering wheel, the amenities pretty much stop there. But that's fine by us, because the only addition to the driving experience anyone should need comes through the tall shifter in between the bucket seats. You could also get either a regular trunk or a hatch on your GTO, and this car's trunk is very practical, is finished in neat spatter paint, and contains a full-size spare and jack assembly.
The 350 cubic inch V8 that came in the '74 GTO was rated at 200 horsepower, which was still a decent number in 1974 and remember, the X-body was a relatively light car, so performance is energetic. The big air cleaner assembly should look familiar to Trans Am junkies, and the corporate turquoise engine enamel found in most Pontiacs has been replaced by a vivid blue. It's very clean and tidy under the hood with bright chrome valve covers, a fresh Edelbrock intake, and an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor so it runs right and should make a great car to show off at Pontiac meets. Dual exhaust was part of the GTO package, although the twin Flowmasters sound a heck of a lot better than the original setup. Power steering moves the GOAT with ease, and there's a quick-shifting 3-speed manual, a set of highway-friendly gears out back, and handsome Rallye II wheels carry 215/70/14 Hoosier white-letter radials to finish of the look.
If you like the Nova, this is a fantastic alternative with a big-name badge on its nose. Complete with PHS documentation, it's a great addition to any Pontiac lover's collection. Call today!
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