The Pontiac GTO has always been an upscale muscle car. Far more than just a mid-sized ride with a hopped-up middle of the hood. No GTOs were cars that had comfort and style along with the tire smoke and speed. And this one is at the top of the stack when it comes to 1969 GTO Goodman’s.
It starts off with a great design. the 69 GTO had a really cool look with the Endura knows, hidden headlights, swoopy curves and the subtle ram air scoops in the long hood, the white convertible top and the gorgeous matador red paint. That combo along with the white interior is enough to make most muscle car fans drool. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll find more treasures on this one that make this GTO even hot. The base price of a 69 GTO convertible was about 3382 dollars. But this car has nearly two grand and extra options.
Take a look inside at first glance you’ll notice the white bucket seats and full-length floor console. Although the console was optional on the 69 GTO, it’s a common sight in these cars. A Hearst for speed stick pops up through the console, rolling the optional, close-ratio four-speed manual gearbox and anyone who knows muscle cars knows a four-speed GTO convertible is a pretty rare sight. But that’s only the beginning of the long list of cool options on this car. This one boasts an am/fm stereo with the 8-track player and a power antenna. A custom sports steering wheel and the rally gauge cluster complete with a clock in the dash. The top is electric as are the windows another rare option on a car like this. This car was obviously built for comfort is the driver’s seat is electrically operated and the passenger seat recline. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reclining bucket seat in a GM a-body. There are lights all over the car including in the glove box, the ashtray in the trunk and it even has cornering lights on the fenders that light up when you hit the turn signal to show you the way around dark corners. The headlights hide behind power doors, and there’s a factory-installed under hood lamp as well and speaking of under the hood this GTO is not just a cushion.
The ram air for 400 v8 is one of Pontiacs most famous v8 engines. This had a high-flow air intake and exhaust design. A very radical camshaft for the day and made 370 horsepower boatloads of torque. That input very many of these ram air force in convertible GTO’s so it’s a real treat to see one. Especially one that has been restored to this level of detail. The Muncie for Speed sends the twist back to the safety track differential which is loaded with specially ordered 4.33 the one gears to take advantage of the ram air for his ability to make power at the far right end of attack. The ram air hood has functioning ducts to pull in cool air when you pull the under dash knob and it exhales through low restriction manifolds and dual exhaust. The performance ride and handling springs, shocks and sway bars work together with the disc brakes rally two wheels and redline tires to keep the power on the pavement and the ride going in the right reaction. And those wheels look good.
One exterior detail that we have not touched down is the hood monitor tachometer. It appears at first glance that this is the optional Pontiac 8000rpm hood tech found on many GTO’s and Firebirds from the time. However we notice a row of three lights across the bottom what’s this all about. Well it turns out that Pontiac made a prototype tagged with a built-in three-level shift like back in 1969. And when activated the green light little bit low rpm. The yellow light came out at 4600 RPM to warn the driver. And the red lit up at 5101 it was time to grab the next year. Only one of these light show tax was rumored to be released to the public and it was seen on a car at the GTO Nationals back in the mid eighties. The restorer of this car thought the shift light attack was cool, so he researched the notes and built one for this car. And although it’s not authentic it is faithful to the prototype and it fits the theme of the car with nearly every available option installed on it.
It was restored with just over 33,000 miles on it and has won numerous awards that shows all over the country. And it’s a great addition to the brothers.
|Curb weight||1592 kg (3510 lbs)|
|Dimensions||4.93 m (194 in) long, 1.86 m (73 in) wide, 1.28 m (50 in) high|
|Wheelbase||2.74 m (108 in)|
|Power / weight||236 ps (232 bhp) / t|
|Torque / weight||379 Nm (279 lb-ft) / t|
|Origin country||United States|
|Top speed||247 kph (153 mph)|
|0 – 100 kph||5.4 s|
|0 – 60 mph||5.1 s|
|1/4 mile||13.9 s @ 107.5 mph|
|Engine type||Pontiac V8 400 Ram Air IV|
|Displacement||6.6 l (400 ci)|
|Power||375 ps (370 bhp / 276 kw) @ 5500 rpm|
|Torque||603 Nm (445 lb-ft) @ 3900 rpm|
|Power / liter||57 ps (56 hp)|
|Transmission||4 Speed Manual (3.23 ratio)|
|Layout||front engine, rear wheel drive|
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Published: Patrik Jonsson