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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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California original one-owner, virtually no rust. Never any accidents or repainting. Vietnam vet owner cant complete his project because of disabilities caused by Agent Orange. This is a truly unique opportunity for someone who is a Muscle Car enthusiast: with relatively minor expense the car could be left with its current 455 drivetrain, restore the interior (some pieces come with the car), repaint it - and have an awesome-looking, awesome-driving true Muscle Car. OR - now or later - restore it with the original 400 drivetrain and it could possibly be worth $60k-$70k. Near the end of the photos be sure to check out the original window sticker and a list of restoration pieces and the original drivetrain included with the purchase. The 1964 to 1974 model years Pontiac GTO is generally considered the original and most popular muscle car. Although they arrived as part of the last gasp of the muscle car era, 1971 and 1972 GTOs have a lot going for them, from potent V-8 engines to distinctive styling and performance. Pontiac advertising claimed that the 1971 455 H.O. was the fastest GTO that the division ever tested, so dont be fooled entirely by those lower compression and horsepower figures. The GTO was always considered a muscle car that could handle, so Pontiac did its best to make sure the 1971-72 Goat could turn as well as accelerate. The standard GTO suspension includes springs and shocks upgraded from standard A-body Pontiacs in addition to anti-roll bars measuring 1.125 inches in front and 0.875-inch in the rear. The owner added15-inch wheels (vs. 14 originals) in staggered sizes, and 2-inch custom rear springs give the car the proper period Muscle Car stance. 1972 GTOs are fairly rare: due to a lengthy strike at GM plants only 5,673 GTO hardtops were made in 1972, no convertibles, and just 134 coupes were made. The 72 455 H.O. GTO marked the end of the Muscle Car era, but many look upon it as the high watermark. The combination of the torque and horsepower of the 455 H.O. places it at the pinnacle of the Muscle Car engines. Note: Even though there were relatively little changes in the engines from 1971, there was a drastic drop in the power ratings of the engine due to a change in the industry standard for measuring the power of the engine. The 455 engine was only available in 1971-1972 GTOs. As the best-selling muscle car of all time and a variant of the very popular GM A-body, the GTO has strong support from the restoration and performance communities. Many body, frame, trim and interior pieces remain available. You may still find some NOS parts, but they are fewer and farther between in recent years, so the reproduction market may be the way to go. Likewise, the aftermarket for Pontiac performance remains strong, whether you want a bit more go or are looking for all-out dragstrip domination. There are no GTO production numbers by color - but this Brittany Beige must be one of the very rarest. This car has huge potential - but is presentable as-is (with the best powertrain); gradually restore the interior, and other areas while enjoying it. Offered at $33,900. Engine: installed 455 CID V8 4-barrel carburetor - rebuilt to HO specs: 300 hp @ 4000 rpm, 415 lb.-ft torque @ 3200 rpm (original 400 CID V8 4-barrel carburetor, 250 hp @ 3600 rpm) Transmission: M-40 Turbo-Hydra-Matic 400 3-speed automaticDifferential: installed 308 (original 342)Colors: Brittany Beige with Dark Saddle vinylOdometer: 176,785 miles on chassis; roughly 8k-10k on 455 engineVIN: 2D37T2P171929 Visit My Car Guy online at www.mycarguy-sf.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at (415) 860-1505 today to schedule your test drive.
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