Following General Motors’ infamous company-wide ban on participation in motorsport in 1963, Pontiac decided to re-shift its focus and place a greater emphasis on street-legal speed. With that, the Pontiac GTO was born, providing impressive performance and head-turning looks, all of which culminated in one of the most iconic muscle cars of the era. Now, this GTO restomod is headed to auction with a thorough ground-up rebuild that’s simply dripping with tasty details.
Hailing from the 1967 model year, the last model year of the first generation, this Pontiac GTO looks immaculate. “No expense was spared during the four-year rotisserie restoration that began with a complete dismantling, acid drip and strip of the frame, which was then powder-coated for beauty and life-long protection,” read the vehicle’s auction description.
The body panels were then covered in several coats of Tyrol Blue paint, which complements the chrome trim nicely. The corners are equipped with Rally II wheels, sized at 17 inches by 8 inches in front, and 17 inches by 9 inches in the rear. The look definitely identifies this 1967 Pontiac GTO as something special, but doesn’t overdo it with oversized rollers, outrageously wide rear rubber, or over-the-top custom body mods.
The color scheme continues under the hood, where we find a V8 engine with a baby blue finish. The ‘eight in question is a 400 cubic-incher that’s bored .030 over and stuffed with new TRW pistons. There’s also Kauffman Racing 75cc aluminum cylinder heads, Harland Sharp roller rockers, and an Edelbrock RPM intake. Sitting up top is a custom Cliff’s High Performance Quadrajet carburetor. Add gasoline, and the V8 returns upwards of 475 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, all of which is funneled through a Tremec five-speed transmission.
The details continue with upgraded suspension and an AGR quick-ration steering rack, while big disc brakes help to shed the speed. Meanwhile, the cabin is draped in Parchment upholstery, while Dakota Digital gauges, Vintage Air Gen IV climate control, and a Custom Autosound stereo add some modernity.
Now, this award-winning 1967 Pontiac GTO restomod heads to the Mecum Auctions Indy 2020 event, scheduled to take place June 23rd through the 28th.
Source: Mecum Auctions