Between the glowing paint job, pristine condition, thumping V8 engine, and exceptional rarity, it’s not surprising this 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Convertible is so highly coveted.
Let’s start outside, where we find the body panels slathered in Carousel Red. The nose is outfitted with a twin-scoop hood, while hideaway head lamps keep it looking exceptionally clean. Five-spoke Rally II wheels sit in the corners.
Meanwhile, a Parchment white interior makes this particular Pontiac GTO color combo rather special, not to mention attention-grabbing. Bucket seats and power steering keep it comfortable. Just ahead of the steering wheel, the driver is entertained thanks to a hood tachometer and set of Rallye gauges.
The main party piece is Ram Air IV V8 engine, which blesses the Pontiac GTO with a pavement-twisting 370 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque thanks to upgraded heads and larger ports, an aluminum intake manifold, polished valves, and other associated goodies.
Putting it all to the ground is a Positraction 3.90 rear end, as fed by the Turbo 400 automatic transmission. Front disc brakes are in place to help the driver plan their stops without use of a calendar.
It’s also worth noting that this particular example is one of just 14 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertibles equipped with the Ram Air IV / Automatic drivetrain combo, making it exceptionally rare.
Included is complete documentation, with the trade-in dealer invoice, PHS (Pontiac Historic Services) documentation, ownership history up to 1986, and the original Protect-O-Plate as well.
This Pontiac GTO recently went up on the block at the Mecum Auction in Monterey as Lot F85. Unfortunately, it failed to meet its reserve, rising to $145,000 before bidding ceased. Estimates place it between $160,000 and $180,000. However, that’s good news for parties interesting in acquiring it for themselves, as it’s still available through Mecum’s The Bid Goes On program.
Source: Mecum Auctions