1967 Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO became known as "The Goat" due to an interpretation
of the letters that make up its name. Figuratively speaking, the
car's "defiant, stripped-to-the-basics personality" also had a hand
in cementing the moniker, according to Edmunds.com. It is
speculated that the acronym GTO, which stands for Gran Turismo
Omologato, was taken from the Ferrari 250 GTO. American consumers
have a history of shortening the names of cars with multiple
syllables, and this likely influenced the nickname of this Pontiac
brand. "The Goat" is catchy, easy to remember and was essentially
born out of convenience.
We often say here at Classic Auto Mall you never know what is going
to show up at the door on a daily basis, and when this beauty
arrived, we all just smiled, and pushed each other out of the way
to do our test track drive! A mere 92,845 title verified original
miles, unrestored and unmolested, loaded with factory options, an
original drivetrain car, tons of documentation including the window
sticker, build sheet, PHS documentation, Protect-O-Plate, and
factory A/C. This "goat" surely is a sight to behold!
This writer's favorite version of the venerable GTO the Pontiac
division got it all right this year. Stacked dual headlights framed
with pristine mirror-like bezels flank a woven wire chromed grille
with signal lights and GTO badging, and a lower bumper in very good
original condition. Looking down the line towards the rear we can
see only straight steel, well minded factory gaps, and miles of
Mariner Turquoise paint covering broken up by a white pinstripe,
and a lower stainless rocker cover again with the GTO badge up
front next to the wheel well. The paint is the factory applied
coating and does present with some cracking, stone chips, scratches
and dings but overall is remaining nice for a 55 year old paint
job. A dinged in header panel leads to long straight scooped hood
with dealer-installed hood pins backed up to clean glass all
around, all framed by shiny polished trim. This trim does a very
nice job of highlighting the black vinyl roof which shows with no
tears or evidence of rust bubbling underneath and you've gotta love
those flying buttress B pillars that frame the rear glass deep set
within them. Moving to the back a long laser straight trunk lid
curves downward to the foursome of horizontal thin rear tail light
clusters, and more gorgeous framing of chromed trim and a snappy
rear bumper. Lest we forget the factory installed and highly
sought-after option code 522 red fender liners that are rarely seen
as few were ordered and very few have survived in original
condition and the not oft seen factory power antenna. 14-inch
Pontiac Rally 1 wheels are all around and sport BFG raised white
letter radial rubber. This goat oozes with originality!
You can take this interior to the bank in black...the vinyl is just
beautifully preserved and original. Door panels with their inset
GTO badges, front buckets and rear bench are the exact parts this
Pontiac was assembled with and show well thanks to years of care
and proper preservation. We note the optional headrests and even
the option code 578 reclining passenger's bucket seat. A wood
applique covers the center console which races through the front
buckets making room for the factory Hurst shifter and goes forward
hiding under the original dash. More perfect wood applique for the
gauge cluster, and center panel which houses the airflow levers and
the original AM/FM radio. To add more excitement, the original
custom sport steering wheel is fronting this all original dash.
Topping off the dash is the original crack free pad and in front of
the passenger is the obligatory Jesus bar, GTO badge and glove box.
Factory black carpet floods the floors and presents with only minor
fading and wear while a black headliner floats perfectly above all
this as from the factory interior beauty.
A lift of the hood, and we are being stared at with the steely blue
gaze of the factory installed engine block and intake manifold, and
its chromed valve covers. An original to this car WT stamped 400ci
V8 pumping out 335 horses, is topped by #670 heads and a 4-barrel
Rochester Quadrajet carb. This mill sits in an unrestored engine
bay that is correct right now to the chalk marks on the fire wall.
Bolted to the back is the original Muncie M20 4-speed manual
transmission (stamping P7A26) and bringing up the rear is the
window sticker specified 10-bolt 3.23 Safe-T-Track axle. It just
doesn't get much more original than this.
Up on our lift we literally could turn this car upside down and run
it around and everyone would be just as impressed by the amount of
originality here. No rust is seen, just miles of patined factory
undercoating covering the strong steel frame and floors.
Independent coil spring suspension is on the front and a 4 link
with coil springs brings up the rear. Power front disc brakes were
optioned onto this Goat and they work in conjunction with rear
power drums to bring all the ponies to a halt. Dual exhaust with
stock style mufflers snakes its way to the rear of the car and we
note factory Wonder Touch power steering. Lookin good and just the
way I like it.
As mentioned, myself and my decoder/muscle car expert/all around
good guy were clamoring to take it for a test and it certainly did
not disappoint. It's not often we get to drive a fully original
unrestored piece of muscle car history, so this was a rare treat of
a drive. The Goat handled our test track with ease on all fronts
with excellent acceleration, straight bias free braking and good
handling for a car from the 60's. Only 2 frowns crept up during our
test track tour, those being the windshield wipers wouldn't wipe
and the heater blower refused to blow. All in all, a great drive
was had and it was pure pleasure to get to experience how these
boulevard bruisers really worked.
A true highlight with all its originality and if you are even a
lukewarm fan of the GTO a must see when visiting the ever-changing
halls of the expansive and very impressive Classic Auto Mall.
Wearing its original paint, original interior, and original
drivetrain it's hard to ask for much more....oh wait....all that
documentation is the icing on the cake. Don't dally, unrestored and
unmolested GTO's don't come along every day!
17-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
G-Framingham, MA Assy Plant
116740-Sequential Unit Number
02B-2nd Week February Build
ST 67 24217-1967 GTO 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BODY FRA5153-Framingham Body #
TR 223R-Black Vinyl
PAINT L2-Mariner Turquoise, Black Vinyl Top
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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
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