Time to go over your perfect muscle car checklist. 1970 Pontiac
GTO, check. Numbers-matching, check. Professional respray of the
interesting original color, check. Factory A/C, check.
Keeping a real-deal GTO looking right is no easy task. For starters, the stylish and dent-resistant Endura front bumpers were exclusive to the GTOs and not shared with any other mid-size Pontiacs in 1970. All of this is set off with the factory-correct Bermuda Blue that looks quite nice thanks to a professional respray within the last few years. The GTO looks fast just sitting still, and the wing on the deck lid and twin scoops on the hood definitely help this image. As was typical of GTOs, the badging is simple and almost subtle, with correct lettering on the front grille, fenders, and trunk. Not much chrome was left on the redesigned '70 Goat, but the things that remained - like the rear bumper - are in excellent condition, just as you'd expect. Plus, the Rally II wheels are a hallmark of these muscle cars because they have a stylistic flair with the PMD (Pontiac Motor Division) center cap that gives them a hint of industrial seductiveness.
Inside, the cool blue bucket seats are all about sporty business. The interesting color and texture on the chairs coordinate nicely with the door cards, center armrest, roof, dashboard and three-spoke wheel. But the interior is not a monochromatic experience. There is wood paneling on the center console and surrounding the gauge cluster. Plus, 1970 was the first year when Pontiac's performance cars would feature a sporty section of machine-turned aluminum trim. Even the provisions for the factory air conditioning are still there, you just need to hook it back up if that's how you want your GTO. You get an AM/FM/CD stereo and a set of auxiliary gauges. Looking for the tachometer? It's outside, mounted on the hood. It was a head-up display option for racing, and quite frankly, also just another way for the designers back then to show how they were always thinking about cool showpieces.
One look at the original, numbers-matching 400 cubic inch V8, and you realize this GTO is all about honesty. It wears the correct Pontiac Turquoise paint with pride, and it sports a chrome air cleaner lid and valve covers (after all. Pontiac knew its customers would be showing off their engine bay.) Pontiac rated this big V8 at 350 hp right out of the box, and they will certainly hear all of it thanks to an upgrade to headers and a Flowmaster dual exhaust. Of course, it all ends in the correct bright quad tips under the rear bumper. This one moves down the road nicely thanks to the TH400 three-speed automatic that's believed to be as original as the motor. Plus, handling is done right with disc brakes up front and BF Goodrich rubber at all four corners.
This is a real-deal GTO that's turnkey ready to go have some fun. With the interest they have gathered from the auctions lately we don't expect this one to last. Call today!!
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