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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Having risen from near-extinction during the mid-1950s to America’s third-best selling marque by the early 1960s, a position it would hold to 1969 thanks to its “Wide-Track” swagger, inspired Jim Wangers-led advertising, and factory racing program, GM’s Pontiac Motor Division refused to knuckle under to GM’s infamous self-imposed racing ban of 1963. Sizing up the growing performance-minded youth market of the early ‘60s, Pontiac engineers Russ Gee, Bill Collins, and John DeLorean considered the potential of Pontiac’s 389 V-8 combined with the lightweight, mid-size Tempest body and chassis. While GM’s corporate policies limited engine displacement for its intermediate models, the 389 was cunningly slipped past the GM brass as the basis of a new high-performance option package for Pontiac’s Tempest Le Mans, thereby not requiring corporate approval. Rather, the GTO was “green-lighted” at the divisional level by PMD General Manager Elliott “Pete” Estes.
Named ‘GTO’ denoting “Gran Turismo Omologato,” a cheeky swipe at Ferrari’s megabuck GT racer of the time, the GTO option was a comprehensive package and a startling value, endowing the 389 V-8 with free-flowing 421 HO cylinder heads, a high-lift cam and supporting valvetrain, Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor, 10.75:1 compression ratio, and chrome accents. Tri-Power induction with three two-barrel carbs was optional. Far more than the sum of its parts, the GTO option was a well-integrated package of engine, braking, drivetrain, suspension, and appearance/image features.
Sales totals were surprisingly high for 1964 versus the most optimistic forecasts. Mild styling updates for 1965 included aggressively stacked headlights and crisply restyled bodylines, which developed into the definitive “Coke bottle” body style of 1966-1967. The GTO’s popularity was so great that it spurred product planners to list the GTO as a separate Pontiac model series beginning in 1966. Revised tail lamps and an increase in engine displacement to 400 cubic inches were the major updates for the 1967 GTO, which made the great basic car even better than before. It remains an undisputed collector favorite today.
Restored to National-level show quality and retaining the original 400 HO 360-horsepower engine, 4-speed manual transmission, and 3.55:1 Safe-T-Track rear end, this 1967 Pontiac GTO is a 3-time GTO Association of America (GTOAA) National Concours Gold Award winner (2006, 2007, 2009) and the Best of Show winner at the 37th Annual 2011 GTO Association of Central Ohio Indian Uprising. According to a copy of its build sheet and PHS documentation, it is highly correct throughout, including its factory-specified Cameo Ivory paint, Black Cordova (grained vinyl) top, and eye-catching red Strato-Bucket seat interior. Other factory options included a pushbutton radio, Custom front and rear seat belts, Rally I wheels, power brakes and steering, Soft Ray tinted windshield, floor mats, and Red Line tires. Other highly desirable features include a proper Gardner exhaust, red fender liners, and a hood-mounted tachometer. Accompanied by a copy of the High Performance Pontiac magazine feature article on it and entitled “Total Recall,” this outstanding 1967 Pontiac GTO is offered complete with the Protect-O-Plate, build and PHS documents, show awards, and judging sheets. As such, it marks one of the finest examples of the 1967 Pontiac GTO available today.