1966 Pontiac GTO
1966 Pontiac GTO
$59,995
Streetside Classics - Nashville
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1966 Pontiac GTO

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Not many cars get enthusiasts and car fans excited quite like the Pontiac GTO, and the convertible has us practically drooling at the near thought. This gorgeous 1966 droptop, for example, offers all the right parts: a 389 Tri-Power engine, an automatic transmission, and a fantastic color combination thatll bring the toughest man to his knees. No major modifications, just a really nice, real-deal Goat that commands respect everywhere it goes. Refinished in what is essentially a Montero Red color, a bright upgrade over the original Cameo Ivory this car was born with, this GTO looks the way Pontiac designers intended: sporty yet refined. Those iconic stacked headlights are a slam-dunk in terms of styling and among Pontiac faithful, theyre highly-sought. Add in a subtle hood scoop and you get a car that has the goods but doesnt feel the need to advertise too much, allowing its own legendary status to do most of the talking. The good news is that when the car was restored back in the 90s, they took their time and get the bodywork straight first and remove any signs of the original color, then laid down several coats of that luscious red paint. The result is a straight, shiny GTO that shows very well despite being driven and enjoyed quite a bit since it was completed. Sure, its days of winning every car show in sight might be behind it, as there are a couple signs of use here and there that those snooty judges might consider to be demerits, but it still looks great as a very strong driver-quality droptop. And if its trophy-hunting that youre after, a professional buff-and-wax could easily restore some former glory and get this Tiger roaring on the stage again. Theres still plenty of chrome on the car (remember, this is the pre-Endura GTO) and things like the bumpers, rocker panel moldings, and grille surrounds are in great condition, offering a shiny contrast to the deep red finish. A sharp crease on the top of the profile runs end-to-end and really shows off this convertibles sexy bodywork, but for my moneys worth, its the rear end that brings the crowds in. My goodness, has there ever been a cooler design? Between the unique taillights, the stainless outlines, and the big rear bumper with dual pipes poking out underneath, the curb appeal is through the roof. Pontiac nailed the interior of the GTO in every way: comfortable, sporting, and refined, with just a hint of European sophistication. It is the white (okay, its Parchment, but in todays world its called off-white at best) interior that makes the GTO an adults sports car, and the bucket seats, center console with its no-nonsense shifter, and woodgrain applique in the dash all work towards that end. The seat covers look great, the black carpets are plush and protected with matching GTO floormats, and the 3-spoke steering wheel positively glows from within the white interior. The round gauges are definitely meant to evoke the finest sports cars from the Continent, and include a speedometer, clock, and secondary gauges to monitor the engine at a glance, all inside a warm woodgrain panel. A stubby shifter sticks out of the factory console, which is kind of a cool contrast to the otherwise highly evolved interior, and for entertainment, theres a stock-style Pontiac AM radio in the dash that fits perfectly and remarkably still works. Options include power windows, tilt wheel, a heater/defrost unit, power steering and brakes, and a power convertible top. And speaking of that power top, its white vinyl and very clean, and it seals up nicely and stows away behind the rear seats underneath a matching vinyl boot cover. The trunk has plenty of room to accommodate most travel plans, and its been outfitted with a black mat on the floor and a full size spare tire and jack set. The legendary 389 cubic inch Pontiac V8 under the hood makes big horsepower and torque, particularly thanks to the three Rochester two-barrel carbs living up top. With correct mini air cleaners, shiny valve covers, and Pontiac Turquoise paint on the block itself, its quite nicely done under the hood. During the full engine rebuild in 2019 (and yes, we have the itemized receipts to prove it), the date-code correct YS-block had its stamp pad decked, so we cant 100% verify that its number matching, but rather only that its the believed original engine (based on the owners account and a preponderance of evidence). Regardless, its in great shape, running awesome, and tough to spot any deviations from stock, as its been neatly presented and very well cared for, so everything pretty much looks just like it should. Stock cast iron exhaust manifolds and a newer Flowmaster dual exhaust system give it a spectacular baritone sound and youll note just how solid the pans and undercarriage really is. Its no longer a razor-sharp, blue-ribbon winner under there, but its still really nice and shows you that this Goat has lived an easy life. Power steering and power brakes are along for the ride, which means you can sit back and enjoy some good ol fashioned convertible cruising without too much trouble behind the wheel. American Racing Torque Thrust Old Style wheels look great on anything, especially a classic convertible, and they carry fat 235/60/14 BFGoodrich white-letter radials at all four corners. If you want a great-driving GTO that has the right look, then this is a fantastic choice. Beautifully restored and well-maintained, its still as appealing a combination today as it was in 1966. Call today!

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    242676Z101837
  • Classic Car ID
    101789222
  • Stock Number
    3506-NSH
  • Category
    Muscle & Pony Cars
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    56,720 miles
  • Engine
    389 V8
  • Transmission
    2 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color
    Red
  • Interior Color
    White

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