In the muscle car world the GTO is a true icon. It was introduced
in 1963 and was initially an optional trim level on the Pontiac
Tempest before becoming is own model in later years. It is hard to
talk muscle cars without bring up the classic GTO and many
attribute them for kicking off the muscle car era with their first
generation. Soon after all big domestic automakers would introduce
competitors. The name was the idea of John DeLorean after being
inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO. In fact, a certain Pontiac
employee actually took the proper steps to get the GTO homologated
(certified) by the FIA in 1964 making it actually possible for the
cars to be used in European sports car racing. This very clean 1965
is a beautifully frame off restored car and being convertible makes
it among the more desirable GTOs out there. The Pontiac Historical
Society has confirmed it's status as a true from the factory GTO
that was originally built in Kansas. The current owner bough the
car in 2000 and has cared for it extremely well. It has always been
stored in a climate controlled garage and they use it as a fun
unique dependable driver and cruise it around 1,000 miles per year.
During the build the body was completely stripped to bare metal and
then repainted in its original Mayfield Maze color. It pairs
perfectly with the Black convertible top that has also been
replaced and operates properly. The bumpers were all rechromed and
the trim is in great condition as well. The glass is in great shape
and has a slight tint. The car has American Racing Torq Thrust
wheels with 15 inch BF Goodrich tires but the original Rally wheels
with center caps do come with it.
The 389 motor originally came with a 4 barrel but had been changed
to tri power. During the rebuild it was entirely gone through and
done to stock Pontiac 389 tri power specifications. The engine
compartment has a clean look and the car runs great. As mentioned
previously it was built to be a nice dependable driver and it has
no problem delivering. The original Muncie 4 speed shifts smoothly
with no issues. The car has a great sound through dual Flowmaster
exhaust that exit below the rear bumpers. It really is a
comfortable car to cruise around in especially when you factory in
the upgraded power disc brakes and converted power steering system.
The springs, shocks, and sway bars were replaced throughout and it
has air shocks in rear. Underneath the car is very solid and the
frame was all sandblasted and epoxy painted.
The Black upholstery has been entirely redone and is in excellent
condition. It wasn't originally a console car but an aftermarket
console was added between the bucket seats. It has a Hurst shifter
routed through the floor and the carpet is in just as good
condition as the seats, door panel, and headliner. The dash has its
stock layout and wears the original style wood grain trim. To avoid
modifying it they installed a new Kenwood radio with CD changer in
the glove box with new kick panel speakers. A second pod has been
added below the dash for amp/oil/temp gauges. A polished tilt
column and different wood grain wheel was added to allow for
comfortable positioning for a taller person. The trunk of the car
is all finished out as well and has plenty of storage space for all
your car show gear.
This is a very well built car that was set up to look good at car
shows while also providing a smooth comfortable drive to get there.
For the purists out there the car does come with original parts
like the steering column original wood grain wheel, rally wheels,
drum brakes and more. These GTOs have always been popular and this
one being a restored convertible makes it a great addition to any
It could be yours for $59,000.00!
This vehicle is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. We will
assist in setting up transport.
1965 Pontiac GTO
Exterior Color:Mayfield Maze
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