Legends are earned the hard way, and not every car with a big
engine from the muscle car era qualifies. But one special car that
does carries the intimidating name of The Judge. Pontiac's top GTO,
The Judge was everything that was great about muscle cars, all
rolled up into the most outrageous wrapper you can imagine. So when
you see this gorgeous Canadian-built 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge,
complete with its numbers-matching powertrain and a top-flight
restoration, remember that you're in the presence of greatness.
Were there any differences between Canadian and US-built Judges? Well, not in any way that really matters. Same great shape, complete with the Endura front bumper splitting the grilles, same outrageous colors and graphics, and the same dedication to performance. So there's really no downside to owning this pedigreed example, especially when it looks this good. The paint is a very accurate re-creation of the factory Palladium Silver (of which only 118 were built), and bearing in mind that this was 1970, the subtle look was probably not an advantage. Today, however, it looks elegant and brutal, a silver cruise missile designed to cut through traffic like an apex predator. It also carries a correct Ram Air III hood, a rear wing, and beautiful reproduction Judge decals, including the brash fender flare accents and stylized "The Judge" emblems. Finish quality is impressive, with a great shine to the paint, excellent panel alignment, and a high-quality overall look that suggests the guys putting it together knew it was, well, a legend. They did the chrome, too, so the rear bumper sparkles, the stainless trim glitters, and it's all very impressive in person. You probably won't be able to find a nicer one.
Given the quality and ownership history of the car, it shouldn't be a surprise that the interior is almost entirely original. That means factory-issue seat covers, door panels, and woven carpets that all remain in such nice condition that replacement would be unthinkable. The blue upholstery is rather unusual but also looks spectacular in the silver Judge, and with a few upscale accents, Pontiac was able to position the Judge not as a price-leader as originally intended (it was to be a Super Bee competitor), but rather as the top-of-the-line from GM's excitement division. The woodgrained dash features a full array of instruments, including a tachometer, and experts will note that it has an ultra-rare dealer-installed internal hood release. The center console is simple and houses a Hurst T-handle shifter for the 4-speed gearbox, which will take all the abuse you can give it. The original AM radio remains in the dash and the trunk is correctly outfitted with its original mat, a full-sized spare (which may be the car's original spare), and complete jack assembly.
Pontiac's legendary 400 cubic inch Ram Air III V8 provides motive power, and this is indeed the car's original, numbers-matching WS-coded powerplant. Topped by a 4-barrel carb underneath that Ram Air intake system, it barks to life easily and rumbles menacingly through a pair of Flowmasters. Proper chrome valve covers and Pontiac Turquoise paint keep the engine compartment looking quite stock, and there are correct components everywhere you look, from the alternator to the brake booster. Even the points and condenser are original! Factory exhaust manifolds bolster low-end torque and the aforementioned 4-speed gearbox powers a 10-bolt rear end, and you can easily see just how detailed the chassis is in the photos. Handsome Pontiac Rallye II wheels are fitted and wear period-correct G70-14 Firestone Wide Oval tires that emphasize just how correct this car is.
Documented with its original window sticker, build sheet, history documents, and PHS papers, and with just three owners from new, this is an investment-grade Judge from our friends north of the border. And it is, of course, legendary. Call today!
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