A General Motors enthusiast in Florida was surprised to find that the 1965 Pontiac GTO he purchased last year was actually the same car he owned as a teenager in the early 1980s.
The GM enthusiast, Randy, took his 1965 Pontiac GTO to the recent Festival of Speed classic car show at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, where he won first place in the Muscle Car Vintage category. Helping to draw some attention to his beautifully restored GTO was a signboard he displayed next to it telling the story of the car, which he purchased last fall from a classic car dealer in Connecticut.
Randy purchased the car sight unseen from the dealership last fall and had it checked over by an appraiser before the dealer loaded it on a flatbed and shipped it to his home in Florida. While the vehicle was en route to his home, he dug up his old paperwork from the 1965 Pontiac GTO that he purchased for $2,000 back in 1980. He noticed the VINs were fairly similar, but then saw that the VIN on the newly purchased GTO did not match that of the paperwork he was given by the dealer. Concerned the car was a clone and not a real GTO, he reached out to the dealer, who confirmed there was a typo in the original VIN report and provided him with the actual number.
Randy was stunned to see that the VIN of his newly purchased GTO was an exact match with that of the car he owned when he was 16. “This is my first car, the VIN matches!” Randy exclaimed over the phone to the dealer, who was just as surprised as he was.
“This dealer just sold me the first car I ever owned!” he explained on his car show posterboard. “I didn’t know until after I had already bought it that this was my first car. I have the Protect-O-Plate to validate also, since I forgot to give it to the buyer in 1985.”
“35 years ago I watched my car drive off into the sunset, and now it is back,” the sign also says. “For good this time!”
Making this story even more surprising is that Randy is originally from Oklahoma City and this car was located more than 1,500 miles away in Connecticut. GM only produced a little more than 8,000 Pontiac GTO coupes like this in 1965, so there was always a small chance he’d come across his old car considering he was shopping for the same style vehicle from the same model year, but this is still one highly unlikely scenario.
Here’s to enjoying many more years behind the wheel of your first-ever car, Randy!