Real GTO? Check. Top goes down? Check. Great color combination? Check. If you've been wanting a GTO convertible, this classic ragtop delivers in a big way, yet is priced such that you can happily drive and enjoy it without a second thought. And quite honestly, life is pretty darned good from behind the wheel of a vintage GTO convertible.
Code 28 is Atoll Blue, and it provides a great contrast to all the bright red, orange, and yellow GTOs running around. From the Endura front bumper surrounding the twin Pontiac grilles, to the twin hood scoops, to the ultra-straight flanks, it's stylish and timeless. It was repainted at some point in the past, long enough that it has a bit of patina, but it sure cleans up nicely. Quarters, doors, fenders, and the original twin-snorkel hood are in great condition, which is obvious from the sharp crease that runs down the flanks. The deck lid fits flush, the gaps around the hood and doors are even, and even the nose fits reasonably well, and that particular part is notorious for being out-of-shape. Simple GTO badges are right for the understated image Pontiac was trying to achieve, although the hood snorkels do send a pretty clear message about performance. And chrome was still in fashion, with a brightly plated rear bumper, bright rocker moldings, and shiny wheel well trim, all of which is in very good condition overall.
The interior is also blue, which is a somewhat rare choice, even on cars with Atoll Blue paint. The seats, door panels, and carpets are believed to be original equipment and remain in great shape considering they're approaching their 50th birthday. A matching blue steering wheel would probably be tough to restore so it's a good thing it looks fantastic today, and a matching dash pad ties it all together neatly. Pontiac used a lot of faux wood in the upmarket GTO, but it actually works pretty well with the appliques on the dash and center console looking like the same stuff. A Hurst shifter with a cue ball knob manages the ultra-desirable 4-speed manual transmission, which gives this Goat a genuine attitude. The only notable modification is an older JVC radio in place of the original, but that's an easy sin to forgive. A bright white power top sparkles against the blue paint and includes a correct glass rear window and a matching blue boot. The trunk's a little scruffy, but it's original and doesn't have major issues, so a new mat would be a smart upgrade for the new owner.
The engine is the original, numbers-matching YS casting 400 cubic inch V8, now topped with a Tri-Power setup that gives it some real bite to match its bark. All the parts are factory-spec, so no worries about some mis-matched collection of aftermarket parts, and with Pontiac Turquoise paint on the block, it certainly looks authentic and drives extremely well. A factory-style exhaust system fits and sounds right, offering original quad tips under the rear bumper. The undercarriage is clean and solid, and while not detailed for show, it does prove that buying a solid original car is always a smart choice because there's nothing hiding from you here. Pontiac Rallye II wheels have been fitted with correct G70-14 redlines, which are not only correct, but they look awesome on the sleek Poncho.
With all the talk of investment-grade cars, it's refreshing to see a clean, original GTO with a pedigree that's ready to drive, not collect dust in someone's portfolio. Call today!