Ah, the iconic GTO. Easily among the top three greatest Pontiacs ever made along with the Trans Am and Bonneville, this model is regarded by many to have started the muscle car craze of the ’60s and ’70s.
Due to its honorable age, most examples of the breed are run-down rust buckets these days, with very few units properly maintained through the years. However, among those pristine condition ones, we’ve found a restomod job that made us gawk like little children.
This 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible advertised in the classifieds for $99,900 is the culprit of it all. Finished in several coats of Nightwatch Blue paint under glossy red pinstripes, this bad boy is just the thing for you in you’re a fan of old school style, speed and comfort.
Customized in a way that celebrates the golden age of Detroit Motor City, that same era when Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Diana Ross & The Supremes were at the top of the Billboard music charts, this is one of the finest GTOs we’ve ever laid eyes our upon.
Brutish yet understated at the same time, the exterior aesthetics of the car are dominated by the stainless-trimmed front grilles anchored between stacked headlights and a broad polished chrome bumper. With the addition of GTO badging on all corners, the highly detailed look of the metalwork is completed by polished stainless steel side mirrors that highlight the convertible’s super clean profile.
Under the long steel hood of this GTO sits a ballistic Tri-Power 389 cubic inch (6.4-liter) V8 drawing its zing from a trio of Rochester carburetors. Producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 424 ft-lb (575 Nm) of torque, all that zest is sent via a Muncie four-speed stick shift transmission to a GM-sourced 10-bolt rear axle which benefits from a 3.55 posi-trac differential.
Exhaust gases are funneled through a pair of long-tube headers all the way to the throaty MagnaFlow mufflers. Those 18-inch Coys wheels spin 235/40 front and 255/45 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZR rubber, while brake power is provided by a quartet of The Right Stuff disc brakes.
The striking blue cabin is the creation of King’s Auto Upholstery of Roanoke, Virginia. The reconditioned gauge cluster seats round-faced dials behind more familiar trim and a modern Alpine audio system. A manly aluminum Hurst shifter comes out of the custom center console, while the polished steering wheel had its rim wrapped around in high quality leather.
Do you know any other old school drop-top muscle car that hunkers down for the long haul as fine as this one?