Purchased by our consignor in October 2008 after being lovingly restored, we present for consignment a beautiful 1 of 158 built 1970 GTO 455ci 4-speed convertible. Restored, but not so much to make this a trailer queen, resprayed in its original hue, sporting its original interior color, however not holding its numbers matching drivetrain within, this car was made to be enjoyed. A build sheet, window sticker and PHS documentation is included for the car, along with service records make this for one serious GOAT. Exterior For 1970 GM tweaked the GTOs design with a number of detail changes and subtle refinements. At the front of the car, Pontiacs installed smaller twin grilles with quad headlamps at the edges of the iconic Endura bumper. Below that bumper, the cars front valance features revised and more aggressive square parking lights; and above that bumper, a sculpted hood with Pontiacs legendary twin nostril Ram Air air intakes. Behind those intakes, the windshield glass is bordered by an attractive layer of bright stainless trim and a correct chrome drivers side mirror. Below that mirror and bathed in a respray of Baja Gold, aggressive fenders and body lines are highlighted by dent-free stainless wheel well trim, straight stainless rocker moldings and traditional chrome door handles. The gaps are well minded throughout the body and just a few inclusions and flaws are seen in the paint, particularly on the lower panels of the body and we note nearly no cracking in the Endura front bumper. On the back fenders, 68-era arrowhead marker lights have been exchanged for wrap-around taillights and at the back of the car, a chrome bumper hangs proudly with new for 1970 taillights between quad exhaust tips. Never overlooked are the GTO 455 decal callouts in black on the front fenders and the trunk lid, so you dont forget who youre about to mess with. 15-inch Pontiac Rally II wheels are on all 4 corners and give the right vibe and lest we forget the like new black canvas convertible top with its perfect glass rear window. Interior Take a look inside this A-Bodys cockpit and youll find a snazzy correct Saddle interior. Front and center a straight and crack-free dash wears a wood applique around the original gauges with an engine turned aluminum panel at the bottom. On the floor, a Hurst shifter in the original center console sits between the two bucket front seats. The seating, both front buckets and rear bench show very nicely with the drivers seat being the only area presenting with wear, albeit extremely minimal. At the sides of those seats, stainless-trimmed door panels hang red-inlaid GTO emblems above the original hardware and armrests. Below those panels, very clean tan carpet frames chrome-trimmed foot pedals. In front of the driver, what appears to be the original 3 spoke Saddle plastic rimmed steering wheel with its Pontiac arrowhead in the center, like the rest of the interior appearing as new. Behind the passengers, the trunk is finished with correct spatter paint and has a correct liner mat and full-sized spare tire. Drivetrain A 1974 455ci, 485428 casting and YY stamped V8 steel blue painted block is topped with casting number 4X cylinder heads and rests between the fenders where the original 455ci HO V8 used to reside. A correct but slightly suspect, (due to stamping font on the partial VIN and the transmission production date being post vehicle production date), number matching Muncie M21 4-speed manual is behind the mill and sends power back is a 12-bolt XU stamped but now holding 4.33 gears within the Safe-T-Track rear axle. This engine presents nicely in a fully restored engine bay and has some extra bling from the factory in the form of chrome valve covers and a chrome air cleaner lid assembly. Undercarriage Give this car a lift and we are met with independent front suspension and 4-link rear suspension. Power disc brakes are up front and power drums are on the rear to help bring the car to a halt and dual exhaust with stock style mufflers snakes its way from the mill back. All of this is supported by a strong steel frame replete with light surface rust and black paint. The rest of the undercarriage is a mix of black paint and light road dirt splashes. No invasive rust is noted and this strong black environment that will provide a long lasting solid structural support. Drive-Ability She fired right up, and as I put my foot into it the 455 cubes sprung to life. On our well-hidden test track I experienced wonderful acceleration, smooth shifting and nice steering input from the manual steering. Braking was solid and all functions were working just dandy however the radio loses reception from time to time but that is most likely due to our lush rolling valley. Overall, a nice and very rare example of the 1970 version of the Pontiac GTO. Competently restored with only a few minor flaws, a non-numbers matching muscle car right from the folks at Pontiac. With a gobs of documentation and remaining true to its original colorings, this goat wont last long, all nicely wrapped up and waiting for you to turn the key.