The car often credited with staring the Muscle Car movement by many auto enthusiasts is the 1964 Pontiac GTO. From the beginning, it was a car that broke the rules and enforced Pontiac’s reputation as the performance-oriented brand of General Motors. With auto manufacturers banned from active participation in sanctioned racing activities, Pontiac began an advertising and marketing campaign stressing street performance.
Pontiac Motors Division executives, led by John DeLorean, exploited a loophole within corporate policy at General Motors limiting engine size in mid-sized lines to 330 cubic inches proposing an option allowing the 389 cubic inch engine from the Bonneville and Catalina lines between the frame rails of the mid-sized LeMans as an option. While upper management at Pontiac approved the plan, it hedged its bets by limiting initial production to a mere 5,000 units. Public response was much greater than had been anticipated and year-end sales totaled over 32,000 units.
This award-winning car was built the second week of May 1964 at the Pontiac, MI assembly plant, coming off the line as one of the 17,559 Pontiac Tempest LeMans convertibles produced. It was treated to an impressive frame-off restoration in 1992 and made into one of the finest GTO tribute cars you will find. The car was impressive enough to win the convertible class at the GTO Nationals in Lincolnshire, IL that same year. Finished in the correct Gulfstream Aqua with the correct black bucket seat interior and black top, this is now a highly optioned vehicle with power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. Power comes from a period-correct 389 cubic inch engine topped with three two-barrel carbs and has a console-shifted two-speed automatic transmission. Proper redline tires and deluxe spinner hubcaps, both part of the GTO option package, are present with this outstanding vehicle completing the tribute.
The car has been a part of the current owner’s portfolio for over 15 years and been stored during that time in a humidity-controlled environment. The almost 30 year old restoration has aged very well and presents in excellent condition. This would be a fantastic vehicle for someone starting to build a collection. While not an original GTO, it’s still a wonderful car that attracts a lot of attention and begs to be driven!
This beautiful car is offered by Evergreen Digital Showroom for $74,900 USD. Pre-purchase inspections are welcomed and encouraged. We will gladly arrange shipping at buyer’s expense or work with the shipping company of buyer’s choice. For additional information or to make an offer contact sales manager Steve Russell at 417-532-8000.
Because of the number of vehicles we represent we cannot drive every vehicle for long distances. These vehicles have been part of static displays for long periods of time, in some cases for decades, and are subject to the flaws and imperfections consistent with that. While we do our best to disclose all issues we known about a vehicle in our advertising, these are old cars and something that has always worked in the past might not function properly today. Please check the requirements of your state regarding the licensing and registration of classic vehicles and make sure the vehicle you are looking at meets those if applicable. Unless otherwise noted, all vehicles represented by Evergreen Digital Showroom possess a clean (non-branded) title which will be provided the new buyer when purchase funds clear our financial institution. Virtually all our vehicles are sold as mileage exempt due to their age. We do not warranty any vehicle, nor any part of the vehicle including air conditioning systems, brake systems, electrical systems and gauges, fuel systems, accessories or powertrain components.
These are old vehicles and it is very common for them to require certain maintenance and upkeep for them to be operational. In many cases issues with leaks may develop when being driven after a long period of not being used. This is common, as classic cars at some point will leak fluids. For this reason, we do not encourage buyers to attempt driving their purchase home as we cannot guarantee functional reliability of these vehicles. We strongly encourage prospective buyers to be sure they are comfortable with these issues before purchasing a classic car.
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