1968 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat Tribute
So if you consider the term Goat, it indicates an animal that can
eat anything, while the Pontiac GTO is known for "eating anything
on the street", as a nod to its power and capability of beating
other cars while racing.
For consignment, a Royal Bobcat GTO from 1968. This car is a
tribute car to the dealership, Royal, who's owner realized he could
increase horsepower on his Pontiacs he had at his dealership by
putting better parts on them. He quickly gained a reputation for
speed and hence the Royal Bobcat GTO was born. More horsepower
translated into more and younger sales of vehicles for his
dealership. Our consignment pays this tribute to these GTOs of yore
with a frame off restoration and now with a 400ci V8.
Our tribute car starts off with a hidden headlight horizontal
ribbed split grille. This has a GTO badge and is split in the
middle by the Pontiac "beak". This beak forms a bump that runs to
the windshield and along the way sports 2 air scoops and a hood
mounted tachometer. Straight steel for all the rust-free panels and
all bathed in miles deep black. Shiny window trimmings and bumpers,
the rear housing the taillights within it. On the doors a red and
white pinstripe which begins at the edge of the front quarter, runs
to mid door where it ends with a Royal Bobcat badge within a fading
checkered flag. Nice stainless steel polished trim for the wheel
well surrounds and rocker trim. A nicely sloping rear window gently
makes its way to the trunk line and it almost forms a hatchback
look. Dual pipes are peeking out from underneath the bumper and
14-inch rally 2 wheels are wrapped by red line rubber.
Opening the doors takes us past black vinyl paneled doors that have
pristine black padded armrests, shiny actuators, and power window
toggles. This interior was also the beneficiary of a complete
restoration, and it looks the part. Nice black vinyl buckets with
some tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters are curved nicely to
meet the headrests which nestle on the tops of the buckets. A
center console/armrest, covered in black rests between the buckets.
In back a wide bench in the same design and in black stretches from
side to side. Upfront the dash has been restored and now is showing
very clean and very original looking. A black padded dash top
floats over a wood applique dash front housing the triple round
deep-set gauge cluster fronted by an original steering wheel. As we
move across the dash, we find the factory radio in the center, and
for the passenger a wood applique door glovebox. Below the dash is
a trio of aftermarket gauges and just below these is a white ball
topped Hurst shifter. Carpeting is like new, and a black headliner
is hanging tightly above.
Under the hood and the ram air cleaner topped 400ci V8 is in these
tight quarters. This mill is from 1976 as the code goes. There is a
single 4-barrel carburetor on top forcing fossils and air through a
ported intake manifold. Behind is a 4-speed manual Muncie M21
tranny. Final drive works out to be a 10-bolt 3.90 posi rear axle.
All looking good and showroom under this hood.
It always fascinates this writer when a frame off restoration was
completed, and you can view a virtually new frame and mechanical
environment. This one does not disappoint as we gaze upon a new
fuel tank, new dual Walker mufflers and straight black floor pans
and toe kicks. Independent coil springs provide the ride for the
front, and on the back is a 4 link with coil springs. Power disc
brakes for the front and power drums for the rear. Very nice under
She fires right and as I put my foot into it the 400 cubes spring
to life. Here I experienced wonderful acceleration, smooth shifting
and easy power steering. Braking was solid and all functions were
working just dandy.
A tribute to the early days of muscle car performance in the form
of a Royal Bobcat Goat. Frame off restoration has been performed,
and all you have to do is get in and turn the key and start showing
37-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
G-Framingham, MA Assy Plant
112464-Sequential Unit Number
11C-3rd Week November Build
ST 68 24237-1968 GTO 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BDY FRA29941-Framingham Body #
TR 224-Parchment Vinyl Buckets
PNT Gg-April Gold
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
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.