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It's hard to imagine that the Pontiac GTO might never have made it into production. Had it not been for a small group of managers at Pontiac who were also car enthusiasts and visionaries, the GTO might not have been.
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Initially introduced for the 1964 model year, the Pontiac GTO is often considered to be the car that started the muscle car movement. An affordable price tag with slick modern looks and big power made for a performance vehicle like no other! Though other automakers soon jumped on the muscle car train, the GTO beat nearly everyone to the punch. For 1965, the GTO received its first restyling creating one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time. Finding a GTO convertible for a reasonable cost these days is quite a challenge, especially if it is a real-deal PHS documented GTO like this one. Thats right, this GTO convertible is a verified GTO! No clone here! But wait, theres more, this is also a factory 4-speed, factory black interior car. Though it was originally burgundy, this car is currently finished in a stunning coat of what appears to be either Montereo Red or Victory Red. The current color really draws your attention to the unique styling and aggressive look these GTOs have! Additionally, a light colored top has been installed in lieu of the original black; the correct choice to stand out against the current paint color. This car is clean and straight, and was restored with no shortcuts. The interior is the correct black vinyl, and is in excellent shape all around. The pattern on the seats is unique to Pontiac and is one of the more aesthetically pleasing designs available during this time period. Everything has been put back factory correct, and when sitting behind the wheel one could easily be fooled into thinking it was the 1960s again. All wear items are in good condition showing minimal use; a sure sign that this GTO has been properly cared for since it was restored. Under the hood sits a Pontiac 389 V8. This engine runs great, and is the perfect OEM power choice for a GTO convertible. Given how well the engine runs and the lack of smoke, leaks, and other ailments suggest this engine has been rebuilt in the not-so-distant past. This 389 is a correct, 1965 335 horsepower block and is believed to be the original for this car. Originally equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor, it has been switched over to a factory Tri-Power setup. Despite anything negative you may have heard about Tri-Powers, this car is set up right and runs like a champ! The 4-speed transmission received a new clutch kit in 2016, and shifts just the way it should. Included with the sale are copies of the PHS documents proving this cars pedigree, as well as both Protect-o-Plates and the original owners manual. If youre in the market for a real-deal, factory 4-speed GTO convertible, you wont want to miss out on this beautiful specimen! This Pontiac is an example of what the original muscle car was intended to be, and they certainly arent making any more of them. Whether you want a classic weekend cruiser, or another collectible American icon for your collection, you wont want to pass this GTO by! Contact Shelton Classics & Performance for details at (704) 663-0432 or visit www.SheltonClassics.com DOES IT WORK? Air Conditioning N/A Heater NO Speedometer YES Oil PSI Gauge YES Temperature Gauge YES Fuel Gauge YES Tachometer N/A Wipers NO Horn NO Radio YES Headlights YES Tail Lights NO Brake Lights YES Reverse Lights NO Turn Signals YES Emergency Brake YES Keys Ignition, Door & Trunk YES Runs & Drives YES
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