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The entire Pontiac model line-up was completely redesigned for 1968, with the image-leading GTO awarded Motor Trend’s prestigious Car of the Year award. Now riding on a shorter 112-inch wheelbase length, the 1968 GTO introduced Coke-bottle inspired “fuselage” styling with a sporting long hood/short deck stylistic treatment. Frontal styling was bolder than ever before, with optional concealed headlights and a tough body-colored Endura bumper, which was hit but left undamaged by Pontiac Division V-P John Delorean’s sledgehammer in a famous TV ad.
Pontiac continued to maintain its strong third-place sales ranking and commanded nearly an 11 per cent share of the new car market for 1968. The GTO was highly popular and continued to play a major role in that success, with over 87,000 GTOs built in all for 1968. With the GTO priced from just $2,996, nearly anyone could get an out-of-the-box supercar with upscale standard features including a big-block 400 V-8, deluxe sport steering wheel, interior lamps, and bucket or notchback bench seats with a central armrest, plus many more outstanding features.
The basic GTO engine for 1968 was a 400 V-8 with 350 horsepower. Buyers could also specify the Ram Air I 400 V-8 with 360 rated horsepower, which was quickly succeeded after March 1968 by the Ram Air II with a 366-horsepower rating and upgrades including forged pistons, lightweight valves, and free-breathing cylinder heads with round exhaust ports. Ram Air-equipped GTOs received a dealer-installed fresh-air induction kit with functional hood scoops as well.
Offered at No Reserve, this legendary 1968 Pontiac GTO is powered by a newly rebuilt 400 cubic-inch V-8 with less than 500 miles of use on the rebuild, mated to the original Muncie four-speed manual transmission and original 12-bolt rear end. This original A/C-equipped car also features a new interior and headliner, and new paint and trim. Riding on very nice wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter up front and 20 inches at the rear, with the car also having been lowered a couple of inches to provide the correct stance. The Consignor reports they have gone through entire car and cleaned and refurbished the original parts inside and out and underside of the car is very clean with no rust. Features and options include power steering and new power brakes. Fast and fun, this 1968 Pontiac GTO marks a great example of Pontiac’s iconic GTO.