1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible
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.
Purchased by our consignor in October 2008 after being lovingly
restored, we present for consignment a beautiful 1 of 158 built
1970 GTO 455ci 4-speed convertible. Restored, but not so much to
make this a trailer queen, resprayed in its original hue, sporting
its original interior color, however not holding it's numbers
matching drivetrain within, this car was made to be enjoyed. A
build sheet, window sticker and PHS documentation is included for
the car, along with service records make this for one serious
For 1970 GM tweaked the GTO's design with a number of detail
changes and subtle refinements. At the front of the car, Pontiac's
installed smaller twin grilles with quad headlamps at the edges of
the iconic Endura bumper. Below that bumper, the car's front
valance features revised and more aggressive square parking lights;
and above that bumper, a sculpted hood with Pontiac's legendary
'twin nostril' Ram Air air intakes. Behind those intakes, the
windshield glass is bordered by an attractive layer of bright
stainless trim and a correct chrome driver's side mirror. Below
that mirror and bathed in a respray of Baja Gold, aggressive
fenders and body lines are highlighted by dent-free stainless wheel
well trim, straight stainless rocker moldings and traditional
chrome door handles. The gaps are well minded throughout the body
and just a few inclusions and flaws are seen in the paint,
particularly on the lower panels of the body and we note nearly no
cracking in the Endura front bumper. On the back fenders, '68-era
arrowhead marker lights have been exchanged for wrap-around
taillights and at the back of the car, a chrome bumper hangs
proudly with new for 1970 taillights between quad exhaust tips.
Never overlooked are the GTO 455 decal callouts in black on the
front fenders and the trunk lid, so you don't forget who you're
about to mess with. 15-inch Pontiac Rally II wheels are on all 4
corners and give the right vibe and lest we forget the like new
black canvas convertible top with its perfect glass rear
Take a look inside this A-Body's cockpit and you'll find a snazzy
correct Saddle interior. Front and center a straight and crack-free
dash wears a wood applique around the original gauges with an
engine turned aluminum panel at the bottom. On the floor, a Hurst
shifter in the original center console sits between the two bucket
front seats. The seating, both front buckets and rear bench show
very nicely with the driver's seat being the only area presenting
with wear, albeit extremely minimal. At the sides of those seats,
stainless-trimmed door panels hang red-inlaid "GTO" emblems above
the original hardware and armrests. Below those panels, very clean
tan carpet frames chrome-trimmed foot pedals. In front of the
driver, what appears to be the original 3 spoke Saddle plastic
rimmed steering wheel with its Pontiac arrowhead in the center,
like the rest of the interior appearing as new. Behind the
passengers, the trunk is finished with correct spatter paint and
has a correct liner mat and full-sized spare tire.
A 1974 455ci, 485428 casting and YY stamped V8 steel blue painted
block is topped with casting number 4X cylinder heads and rests
between the fenders where the original 455ci HO V8 used to reside.
A correct but slightly suspect, (due to stamping font on the
partial VIN and the transmission production date being post vehicle
production date), number matching Muncie M21 4-speed manual is
behind the mill and sends power back is a 12-bolt XU stamped but
now holding 4.33 gears within the Safe-T-Track rear axle. This
engine presents nicely in a fully restored engine bay and has some
extra bling from the factory in the form of chrome valve covers and
a chrome air cleaner lid assembly.
Give this car a lift and we are met with independent front
suspension and 4-link rear suspension. Power disc brakes are up
front and power drums are on the rear to help bring the car to a
halt and dual exhaust with stock style mufflers snakes its way from
the mill back. All of this is supported by a strong steel frame
replete with light surface rust and black paint. The rest of the
undercarriage is a mix of black paint and light road dirt splashes.
No invasive rust is noted and this strong black environment that
will provide a long lasting solid structural support.
She fired right up, and as I put my foot into it the 455 cubes
sprung to life. On our well-hidden test track I experienced
wonderful acceleration, smooth shifting and nice steering input
from the manual steering. Braking was solid and all functions were
working just dandy however the radio loses reception from time to
time but that is most likely due to our lush rolling valley.
Overall, a nice and very rare example of the 1970 version of the
Pontiac GTO. Competently restored with only a few minor flaws, a
non-numbers matching muscle car right from the folks at Pontiac.
With a gobs of documentation and remaining true to its original
colorings, this goat won't last long, all nicely wrapped up and
waiting for you to turn the key.
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
125823-Sequential Unit Number
ST 70 24267-1970 GTO Convertible
BDY B658299-Baltimore Body #
TR 255-Saddle Vinyl Buckets
PNT 55H-Baja Gold, Dark Gold Top
12D-4th Week December Build
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
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