For Sale: 1966 Pontiac GTO in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

Not many cars get enthusiasts and car fans excited quite like the Pontiac GTO, and the convertible has us practically drooling at the near thought. This gorgeous 1966 droptop, for example, offers all the right parts: a 389 Tri-Power engine, 4-speed gearbox, and a fantastic color combination that'll bring the toughest man to his knees. No major modifications, just a really nice, real-deal Goat that commands respect everywhere it goes.

Refinished in what is essentially a Montero Red color, a bright upgrade over the original Starlight Black this car was born with, this GTO looks the way Pontiac designers intended: sporty yet refined. Those iconic stacked headlights are a slam-dunk in terms of styling and among Pontiac faithful, they're highly-sought. Add in a subtle hood scoop and you get a car that has the goods but doesn't feel the need to advertise too much, allowing its own legendary status to do most of the talking. The good news is that when the car was restored, they took their time and get the bodywork straight first and remove any signs of the original black color, then laid down several coats of that luscious red paint. The result is a straight, shiny GTO that shows very well despite being driven and enjoyed a bit since it was completed. Sure, it's days of winning every car show in sight might be behind it, as there are a couple signs of use here and there that those snooty judges might consider to be demerits, but it still looks great as a strong driver-quality droptop. And if it's trophy-hunting that you're after, a professional buff-and-wax could easily restore some former glory and get this Tiger roaring on the stage again. There's still plenty of chrome on the car (remember, this is the pre-Endura GTO) and things like the bumpers, rocker panel moldings, and grille surrounds are in great condition, offering a shiny contrast to the deep red finish. A white pinstripe runs end-to-end and breaks up the red just a little bit as well, but for my money's worth, the rear end is what brings the crowd in. My goodness, has there ever been a cooler design? Between the unique taillights, the stainless outlines, and the big rear bumper with dual pipes poking out, the curb appeal is through the roof.

Pontiac nailed the interior of the GTO in every way: comfortable, sporting, and refined, with just a hint of European sophistication. It is the white (okay, it's Parchment, but in today's world it's called 'off-white' at best) interior that makes the GTO an adult's sports car, and the bucket seats, center console with its no-nonsense Hurst shifter, and wood-rimmed steering wheel all work towards that end. The seat covers look great, the black carpets are plush and protected with matching floormats, and the 3-spoke steering wheel positively glows from within the white interior. The round gauges are definitely meant to evoke the finest sports cars from the Continent, and include a speedometer, clock, and secondary gauges to monitor the engine at a glance, all inside a warm woodgrain panel. The 4-speed sticks out of the factory console, which is kind of a cool contrast to the otherwise highly evolved interior, and for entertainment, there's a stock-style Pontiac AM/FM radio in the dash that fits perfectly. Options include factory A/C (although it needs a service), tilt wheel, power steering and brakes, and a power top. And speaking of that power convertible top, it's white canvas, and although it does have a couple stains and a small hole on each side, it seals up nicely and stows away behind the rear seats. The trunk has plenty of room to accommodate most travel plans, and it's been outfitted with a plaid mat on the floor and a full size spare tire and jack set.

The legendary 389 cubic inch Pontiac V8 under the hood makes big horsepower and torque, particularly thanks to the three two-barrel carbs living up top. With correct mini air cleaners, shiny valve covers, and Pontiac Turquoise paint on the block itself, it's quite nicely done under the hood. Even though the car was born with a 4-barrel set-up atop the YF block that's in there today, it's tough to spot any deviations from stock, as it's been neatly presented and very well cared for, so everything pretty much looks just like it should. Stock cast iron exhaust manifolds and a newer dual exhaust system give it a spectacular baritone sound and you'll note that while the body was being restored, even the floors were coated black, giving it a nicely finished look underneath. It's no longer a razor-sharp, blue-ribbon winner, but it's still really nice and shows you that the restoration was a high-quality one. Power steering and power brakes are along for the ride, which means you can sit back and enjoy some good 'ol fashioned convertible cruising without too much trouble behind the wheel. Period-perfect Rally wheels look suitably industrial and carry fat 215/70/14 redline radials at all four corners.

If you want a great-driving GTO that has the right look, then this is a fantastic choice. Beautifully restored and well-maintained ever since, it's still as appealing a combination today as it was in 1966. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1966 Pontiac GTO
  • Listing ID: CC-1574357
  • Price: $79,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1966
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:GTO
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Parchment
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:24934
  • Stock Number:5374-DFW
  • VIN:242676K133847

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