This is one of 310 455 HO 4 speed GTO’s produced for the 1972 model year. it came off the Fremont, CA assembly line in December 1971. It was loaded with options and the first owner was an oil company in Las Vegas, Nevada. i bought it from the second owner in Sacramento, CA in 1989. it has been garaged in Colorado since then. it’s a straight, solid muscle car that has probably never seen snow. i know it hasn’t seen even rain since 1989.
There are less than 200 miles on the fresh 455HO motor, professionally built by the Pikes Peak Hill Climb pros at Steve Mills Racing. The exhaust system is also completely new. You can tell from the video that the car runs and sounds great. The body is unrestored but very straight. The 1972 Pontiac GTO beige cordova top was replaced and is in really good shape. the paint job is a first generation two stage paint job in the correct Quezal Gold color for the the car. It should be repainted but i've been told that the gold colors for this year are not that popular, so i leave it for the next owner to select his own color. That is reflected in the price.
The pictures show the options PHS and all of the correct 455HO parts that have gone back onto this car as a part of the engine build, including the 7F6 head on the engine. The correct carburetor and unitized ignition are particularly rare. another important point is that the 7F6 heads have hardened seats so they can withstand today's gas. I have the original dealer installed hood tach. A second hood will go with the car. It makes sense to me that the next owner cut the hood tach into one hood and paint both hoods with the rest of the car. I do not have the original M22 or the 12 bolt rear but those are easy swaps. The car has an M21 in it. I haven't checked the rear closely, but the gears seem low (3.90-4.33 range) from driving it on the highway.
The 455HO block is stronger than other 455 blocks, beyond 4 bolt mains. The block in this car is a correct factory service replacement block (stamped SR). Any defective block would have been replaced by the dealership with this block. It is not the block that was in the car from the factory but it is as correct as possible. The only difference is the SR stamp as opposed to the WM and VIN. The date is a match. If you can find one, an SR 455HO block alone sells for about $4k (or more), so this is no small deal.
As in 1964 and 1965 the 1972 GTO did not have its own model number, it was an option to the LeMans model, hence the 2D37 in the VIN. A lot of "Lemans Sports" were built with the endura bumper. A lot of GTO listings are "sports", not real GTOs. The 334 option in the PHS for this car is the GTO option. The X2P in the VIN (34X option) means that this is a real 455HO 4 speed, not a fake. The motor as is is a complete, correct 455HO. matched with this car, you do have one of the 310 455HO GTOs produced in 1972.
The Hagerty valuation guide does not cover 1972. It stops at 1971. According to http://www.nadaguides.com/Classic-Cars/1972/Pontiac/GTO/2-Door-Hardtop/Values, this car would retail for $35.2k on average, topping out at $53.6K. Hemmings only shows 6 listings for 1972 GTOs. The average ask is $60K, with a low of $20k. The low is not for a 455 HO. Someone actually is asking $125K for one. based upon this, with a new paint job and a few cosmetics, i'd guess this car might be worth at least $47.5K. That's a $20K upside from my asking price.