1968 Chevrolet Camaro: Formerly Code Name Panther

The 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is a first generation GM pony car, which, before the 1967’s, with the same body style,  hit the market was referred to a “Panther” by company execs. When asked about the curious designation, according to We Love Camaros, the GM executives would playfully respond that the “Panther” is a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs. This was due to the fact that the first gen Camaro was released, along with the first gen Pontiac Firebird to compete directly with the extremely popular Ford Mustang.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro image by dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1968 Chevrolet Camaro) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Information

The 1968 Chevy Camaro was given a handful of designations over the years, including pony car, muscle car, intermediate touring car, and sports car. No matter what term was used to describe it, however, it was a wildly popular ride, and still is today.

A total of 245,147 Camaros were produced for 1968, with the majority of  those being the base coupe according to Old Ride. Other models included the base convertible, the Rally Sport Camaro, the Camaro SS, and the Z/28 Camaro.

The Six-Cylinder 1968 Chevy Camaros

The six cylinder Camaros for 1968 included the Series 23 Camaro Sport Coupe (with almost 50,000 produced) and the Series 23 Camaro Convertible (with under 3,000 made), as noted by 1968SS.

The Selection of 8-Cylinder ’68 Camaros

A total of eight 8-cylinder options were offered for the ’68 Camaro, according to My Classic Garage. These options included:

  1. The 302 cubic inch 290hp engine in the Z/28
  2. The 327 cubic inch 275hp engine in the L30
  3. The 327 cid 210hp engine in the standard model V8
  4. The 350 cubic inch 295hp engine in the L48
  5. The 396 cid 375hp engine in the L78
  6. The 396 cubic inch 325hp in the L35
  7. The 396 cid 350hp engine in the L34
  8. The 427 cubic inch 425hp engine in the L72

1968 Camaro Dimensions

In comparison to a lot of other cars in the market for 1968, the Camaro was fairly small and light, and the combination of its light weight and powerful engines drop it squarely in the heart of the muscle car genre.

The car’s total length is 184.7 inches and its wheel base comes in at 108 inches. The Camaro for ’68 measures 51.5 inches tall and 72.6 inches wide. The nickname Panther may have been an insider’s joke before the first gen Camaros hit the market, but its sleek stance and powerful performance delivered a certain amount of raw magnetism and appeal that’s not unlike the panther and kind of unusual to find in a machine.

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The Phenomenon Of The 1965 Ford Mustang

The 1965 Ford Mustang is a pony car that’s been making history since it first hit the market, and it’s easy to see why. Its sleek lines and the throaty growl of its powerful V8 engine make this a ride that’s a thrill to drive and a pleasure to look at whether it’s parked or cruising down the street.

1965 Mustang Hardtop Coupe

1965 Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

1965 Ford Mustang History

Whirling in the mind of a young Lee Iacocca, was the concept of introducing a reasonably priced sports car to a youth flooded car market. So, in April 1964 at the Worlds Fair, the first Ford Mustang was introduced. The response was tremendous. Nearly 700,000 buyers weighed in and the popularity of this car was established.

’65 Mustang First Release Sales Records

The Mustang was Ford’s response to the popular Chevrolet Corvair. But, much more than that, it set the stage for the muscle car era. The 65 “‘tang” made the cover of Time and Newsweek before it hit the market to entice an awaiting buyer. The first release of this car made a sales record for the car industry.

’65 Mustang V8 engines

The basic car had a 101-horsepower six-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission floor shift, but quickly, a 260-cubic-inch V-8 with 164 horsepower was offered. The 289-cubic-inch version of that V-8 with 200, 225 and 271 horsepower were the next available options. The 260 and the 289 caught the attention of Carroll Shelby and were placed in his Cobra cars. The V8 engines sold 3-to-1 over the 6-cylinder motors.

2+2 Fastback Mustang

The fastback design evolved as a collaboration between Ford and Carroll Shelby. Two engine versions were introduced. One with a 306hp as a street version and the other 360hp (GT-350R) that was ready to race. Thus the highly collectible Shelby Mustang fastback made its appearance.

’65 Mustang Hardtop Coupe

The hardtop (the model shown in the image above) was the most popular of the Mustang designs in 1965. Ford sold over 500,000 hardtop models. That was heads over the convertible and fastback models.

Mustang ’65 Convertible

The first run of the Mustang was 1964 & 1/2 that included the coupe and the convertible. The Convertible sold to over 100,000 buyers.

The 1965 Ford Mustang is still as popular among automotive enthusiasts today as when it was first introduced.

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Resources:

  • http://classicponycars.com/history.html
  • http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/1965_ford_mustang.html
  • https://myclassicgarage.com/marketplace/knowledge_base/1965-ford-mustang

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The Story Behind the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

The first gen 1959 Chevrolet El Camino is considered a coupé pickup because it merged the lines of a car with the utility of a farm truck, and it was a design with a lot of history behind its making.

59 Chevrolet El Camino

1959 Chevy El Camino image by Vegavairbob at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The History Behind the Creation of the 1959 Chevy El Camino

Long before there was a sporty coupe pickup with great fins and an edgy stance: long before anyone had ever looked at a tough little car-truck and whispered the name El Camino, there was an Australian woman who wanted a nice church ride that could haul some pigs, too.

The story behind the creation of coupé pickups, like the ’59 El Camino, goes back to the early 1930’s, when the wife of an Australian farmer wrote a letter to the Ford Australia company asking for a vehicle that would be suitable to take to church on Sunday and then haul hogs to market on Monday. Then, a few years of development and competition led us to the delivery of the first generation Chevy El Camino hitting the streets.

1959 El Camino

1959 El Camino image By allen watkin from London, UK (1959 El Camino) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

’59 El Camino Specs

With an overall length of 210.9 inches and a wheelbase of 119 inches, the front engine, rear wheel drive ’59 Chevy El Camino stood 56.4 inches tall and came in the buyer’s choice of two series.

The 1959 El Camino 1100 series was the six cylinder model while the 1200 series delivered the power of a V8 engine.

Engine Options for the ’59 El Camino

Seven different engine options were offered in the 22,246 Chevrolet El Caminos produced in 1959:

  1. The 1-bbl 235 ci engine that delivered 135 horsepower
  2. The 2-bbl 283 ci V8 that offered drivers 185 hp
  3. The 4-bbl 283 ci V8 that provided 230 horsepower
  4. The 4-bbl 348 ci V8 with its 250 hp delivery
  5. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci V8 that offered 280 hp
  6. The 4-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 that provided 300 horsepower
  7. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 and its 315 hp delivery

1959 El Camino Transmission Options

A total of five different engine transmission options were offered in the 1959 El Camino models, including: a 3-speed manual, a 3-speed overdrive manual, a 4-speed manual, a 2-speed PowerGlide automatic, and a 3-speed TurboGlide automatic.

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1964 Dodge Polara Outshines Most Other Muscle Cars

Chrysler’s 1964 Dodge Polara

1964 Dodge Polara

1964 Dodge Polara image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1964 Dodge Polara) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sleek with shiny chrome galore, this beauty of a classic car, designed in hard top and convertible models is extremely desirable. Under the hood lies the V8 318 engine with a high performance torque of 461 Nm / 340 lb-ft that responds well to acceleration with a 3-gear manual shift stick on the floor. (Other engine options offered in the 1964 Dodge Polara are detailed below.) The 4-Door Sedan holds large capacity bucket front seats and roomy back seating popular for 1960 autos.

1964 Dodge Polara Holds Up Against Stiff Competition

This model from Dodge production began in 1960, where a full-sized car was popular and in demand. In 1962, the Polara was “downsized” slightly where it remained this smaller size until its replacement in 1973, the Dodge Monaco. Its two main competitors were the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala.

'64 Dodge Polara

’64 Dodge Polara image by Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 64 Polara Popularity Highly Profitable for Dodge

The Big Three in automobile manufacturing companies, Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet worked hard to distinguish their styles as innovative and unique in character, speed, performance, and appearance. The Polara’s back fins, stacked rear lights and front chrome grill was customized by designers to stand out among this competition, and it served them well. Through trial and error, a superior and sought-after automobile primarily because of its appearance showed increased sales, starting in 1965.

Mopar: Chrysler’s Nickname For Motor Parts

Clamoring to produce a car, model and lingo that would prove state-of-art and appeal to American drivers, there are two meanings for the term: Motor Parts, and Massively Over Powered And Respected.

Dodge V8 Engine For Speed and Performance

In a day of small cars without heavy weight chrome, large-scale engine sizes and seating and focus on mileage and environmentally-protective features, power under the hood is what attracts muscle car lovers. V8 engine cars competed on how quickly their engines could drag-race to reach 0-60mph.

Engine and transmission options, as detailed by Automobile Catalog, for the ’64 Polara include:

  • The 318 V8
  • The 318 V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl (automatic tranny)
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl 4-speed
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl with the 4-speed transmission
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 426 V8 High-performance 4-speed
  • The 426 V8 High-performance TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 4-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 4-speed

64 Chrysler Corporation Speed Ratings

4.8 seconds for the Dodge Charger rates as number 4/10, only slightly behind Corvette and Cobra. Car popularity ebbs and flows for decades, but Dodge will always stand for high quality in manufacturing autos according to muscle car aficionados!

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Jeeps History Is As Versatile And Durable As The Vehicle Itself

When you see a soccer mom stepping out of one of today’s Jeep SUVs, unloading a pile of kids, groceries and athletic equipment in today’s modern world you would never guess that the versatile and luxurious vehicles not so humble beginnings evolved from a request from the department of defense prior to WWII over 75 years ago.

Classic Jeep

Vintage Jeep image courtesy of Pixabay

The First Jeep: Enter the Bantam Blitzbuggy

The military was looking to replace the motorcycle and other vehicles in 1939. They reached out to 135 car companies to compete for the right to build the next great military vehicle. One of the three companies that decided to fulfill the militaries need was Bantam. They brought in a man named Karl Probst to help in the design and production.

In 1940 together they had produced the first prototype to meet the military specs called the “Bantam Blitzbuggy”. The military had certain requirements for the new do it all vehicle, one of which was the vehicle had to be 4×4 (four wheel drive).

Bye-Bye Blitzbuggy, Hello Civilian Jeep

Considered by many as the vehicle that won the war, it wasn’t long before the popular new vehicle was in demand just as much in main street as on the allied fronts in Europe and the Pacific. In 1945 the CJ series, named as an abbreviation for “Civilian Jeep” was introduced to the American market and the popularity of this unique and versatile vehicle has never looked back since.

The evolution of the Jeep throughout the years has taken it from a tough warrior in the war and all military activities abroad that have followed since, to a surfers dream vehicle cruising down the beach into today’s modern needs of busy and active families that want toughness, luxury and versatility all in one vehicle.

The Evolution of Today’s Jeep

The popular Jeep C J series has progressed and kept up with the times through all the decades in the second half of the 20th century and is still a popular choice for consumers and militaries throughout the world in the first two decades of the 21st century. The Jeep C J series began to evolve with the upgraded design in the 50’s and deep into the 80’s when the now still popular Wrangler was introduced in 1987.

Today they offer 11 models to consumers and still showing why it always has been and always will be the leader in versatility and durability.

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1967 Chevelle: Rock Crusher Tranny vs the Turbo-Hydramatic Transmission

The 1967 Chevelle is one of the sleekest and most beautiful cars you could ever own. The engine makes a roar you simply cannot replicate, and it’s a car that entices with its beautiful sounds and power.

1967 Chevelle

1967 Chevelle image courtesy of dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1967 Chevrolet Chevelle) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’67 Chevelle was the last year for the first gen Chevelles, and it came from the factory with the buyer’s choice of two different transmissions, which basically offered the difference between automatic and manual. This article takes you between the two transmission types to give you an overview of the 4-speed Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher and the GM Turbo-Hydramatic.

’67 Chevy Chevelle Engine Options

The Chevelle is a rumbling car (in a good way) that will not be overlooked when it’s thundering down the road, and it’s practically a given that people notice this car when it’s coming down the road. The car makes a surprising sound, and according to My Classic Garage, there were eight different engine options offered in this stunning machine.

  1. 230 cid 6-cylinder
  2. 250 cid 6-cylinder
  3. 283 cid V8
  4. 327 cid V8 (275 hp)
  5. 327 cid V8 (325 hp) (The difference in horsepower came from the different carbs offered.)
  6. 396 cid V8 (325 hp)
  7. 396 cid V8 (340 hp)
  8. 396 cid V8 (375 hp) (Again, the diff came from the carbs.)

Muscle Car Station Wagons?

A total of 369,133 Chevelles rolled off the production line in 1967, with 85,700 of those being 6-cylinder models and 283, 400 being V8 models, according to Old Ride. When you think of Chevelle muscle cars, you may think first of the classic ‘Coke bottle’ shape of the ’67 Chevelle, but this ride was also produced as a pretty cool, powerful station wagon. Another 27,300 units of ’67 Chevelles were produced as station wagons, with 5,900 of those being 6-cylinders and 21,400 being V8s.

1967 Chevelle Tranny Options

Several different transmission options were also offered in the ’67; the 3-speed standard, the Muncie M20 4-speed which had a wide ratio, the M21 4-speed which had a closer ratio, and the 4-speed M22 Rock Crusher. The automatic tranny options included the Powerglide automatic and the Turbo-Hydramatic RPO M40.

Turbo-Hydramatic Transmission

The Turbo-Hydramatic is the automatic version that came in the ’67 Chevelle when for drivers who didn’t not want to spend all their time changing gears. The Turbo-Hydramatic delivered a smooth shifting experience with no extra effort. This was a popular, simple way to drive for drivers who preferred not to drive a manual.

Rock Crusher Tranny

The Rock Crusher is the beefiest of the manual shifting options offered on the 1967 Chevelle.  This transmission that was made to handle the power of the Chevelle engine, and you will get the heavy response from the engine that muscle car enthusiasts look for with this transmission.

Rock Crusher or Turbo-Hydramatic: Which Is Right For You?

When you’re buying or rebuilding a ’67 Chevelle, and you’re ready to choose a transmission that’s best for you – you might select one or the other based on your driving style. You may prefer an automatic if you are taking off on long road trips or using your classic machine as a daily driver to go to work. Or, you may choose a manual when you are driving for pleasure or you simply prefer the synchronized dance of engaging the clutch and shifting the gears on your own.

General Motors gave us all a gift when they created this car, and you’ll find that both styles of transmissions are perfect for different driving styles. Choose your favorite, and you’ll feel more confident behind the wheel, and you get to enjoy the heady roar of the Chevelle’s powerful engine every time you take to the streets.

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The Growl of the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

Most people have never heard of the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe. Nevertheless, if you ever get to own one, the experience is extraordinary.

1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe image by Lothar Spurzem (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Information on the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe

This coupe is exceedingly rare, particularly when in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition. Built in 1961 by the Borgward Company, it was initially marketed as the Hansa featuring in-house parts, front leaf spring suspension, a water pump, an integrated electrical generator, and a mounted steering pinion and rack.

Although only a few Tiger Coupés were produced, subtle differences distinguish individual cars. The 1960 model is distinctive due to its scalloped tubular bumpers, finned tail lights and the esthetics of its cosmetic blend. With the Borgward company folding in 1961, production of the Hansa 1100 stopped. Other models such as the Sunbeam Tiger (1964-1967) and Sunbeam Alpine (1957-1961) came out two years after the Goliath.

Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe Specs

The Goliath’s four cylinder 1100cc water-cooled boxer engine produces 61hp with a top speed of 85 miles per hour. According to its 1960 Road and Track road test, the 1960 Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe one horsepower per cubic inch is standard for this model and period. Additionally, the Goliath features a fully synchronized four-speed transmission, a sliding gear shift, and a 6-volt power system and period bias wide wall tires.

A unique feature of the Goliath is its 60-year-old revolutionary front wheel drive train standard in cars today, such as the Subaru. Its furnishing is impressive as well. Interior decor, trim patterns, and materials blend with exquisite detail. Another feature peculiar to the GT Coupe is the white rubber seal on the rear window and front windshield. With a Tiger horn ring, a two-spoke steering wheel, and beautiful interior decoration; the Hansa 1100 coupe is the most coveted model of the Goliath line.

The Goliath 1100 Tiger GT Coupe Experience

A drive in the Goliath is a unique and fun experience ensuring the car’s recognition in motor shows while surprising enthusiasts with its peculiar mechanics. The 61 hp engine is throaty at low revs but smooths out at higher gear ratios providing sufficient torque making the drive enjoyable and satisfying.

References:

  • http://barnfinds.com/hold-that-tiger-1960-goliath-1100-tiger-coupe/ .
  • http://classiccarlabs.com/2016/11/01/incredibly-rare-1960-goliath-1100-tiger-coupe-that-needs-saving/

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1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra: The Foundation

The Ford Fairlane was a full-size American car manufactured from 1955 through 1961, and then it was made into a mid-sized car, which was produced by the Ford Motor Company from around 1962 until 1971. The name of the Fairlane Cobra model comes from the Fairlane property of Henry Ford Lane directly.

1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra Jet

1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra Jet image by Sicnag (1969 Ford Torino 428 Cobra Jet) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Information on the ’69 Ford Fairlane Cobra

The V8 engine in the model range of this car took a different position. In 1955-1958 the most expensive model as well as equipped “Ford” was the Ford Fairlane. Since 1962, the name has been produced using a mid-sized car model by independent manufacturers within the compact Ford Falcon and Ford Galaxie and Ford Custom.

The First Generation Ford Fairlane Cobra Jet

In 1968, the muscle car was again modernized, now the headlights were horizontally positioned, and the design was more aggressive. This generation was significantly larger than the previous ones, although the wheelbase remained the same. There were added the Sportsroof (body fastback ) and luxury Torino. The 1968 model was produced in Argentina until the early 1980s. Since 1969, a powerful Cobra package was proposed, aimed at competing with Plymouth Road Runner. Hence the birth of the 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra

’69 Cobra Jet Specs

The basic model engine type was offered with a 302-m block (5 hp) and a mechanical three-speed gearbox, optionally with 390 m (6.4 l) or 428 m (7 h.) Blocks. The Cobra had a standard 428 block (335 declared hp), as an option the rear axle with a ratio of 4.3: 1, separate seats, a clock, a tachometer, an air intake on the hood and disc brakes in front with a vacuum amplifier.

The Cobra Jet Ram Air 429

In 1970, the 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra became even larger, the wheelbase increased by one inch. On the “Cobra” appeared 429 block (360-370 claimed hp, depending on the installed heads of the unit). The Cobra Jet Ram Air 429 was offered with the Ram Air system (inertial air pressure from the air intake on the hood), and the Drag Pack.

Intro to the Ford Torino Legacy

From the middle of the year, the so-called “Ford Falcon 1970 ½” was produced, which was a body of Fairlane with a minimal finish. For 1971, the names Falcon, Fairlane, ’69 Fairlane Cobra , and Fairlane 500 were abolished, all medium-sized “Ford” got the name Ford Torino.

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1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan Street Rod Stunner

In 1940, the average cost of a new house was $3920, the average family income was $1725, a gallon of gas cost 11 cents, and the average cost of a new car was $850. 1940 was also the year the stunner shown below rolled off the production line. It didn’t look quite like it does now, though, because this ’40 Ford has been the subject of a frame-off rebuild, turning it into the street rod you see today.

1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan

1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan for Sale on eBay

1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan

Imagine the luxury and fun of sliding behind the wheel of this amazing, head-turning car, and cruising in style to a car show or pretty much anywhere you get inspired to go.

This four door 1940 Ford Deluxe has undergone a complete frame-off rebuild. It’s an all-metal car, with no rust on it anywhere.

What Is a Frame-Off Rebuild?

Before I move on, I know most everyone reading this already knows what a frame-off rebuild is, but just to be sure, in a frame-off rebuild, like with a frame-off restoration, the car is completely taken apart, with the body and all components removed from the frame, so each and every detail can be inspected and perfected before the car is reassembled.

8BA Flathead

The 8BA Ford Flathead is a V8 engine, which came out in 1949. The 8BA isn’t original to the 1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan, but that’s okay, because it’s a street rod, and that means it’s customized to have more power and comfort features than it rolled off the line with in 1940.

The radio is one this that is standard in this ’40 Ford. It has original radio in it, and it still works !

According to the seller, this car runs cool when you’re in traffic, and the radiator’s electric cooling fan is set up on a temperature control switch, plus it has a manual switch to turn it on if you feel it needs to be on sooner. The seller also notes this 1940 Ford Deluxe is quiet, with no rattles, and the tires shown in the photo are not included with the sale, but a set of classic red steelies do come with this stunner of a ride.

By Laure Justice

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First Year American Muscle Car Legend: the 1964 Pontac GTO

The Gran Turismo Omologato (GTO) has a charming story behind its development, in which John DeLorean dropped a 389 cubic inch engine in a Pontiac Tempest as an experiment – just to see how it worked. According to the legend, upper management thought they would never sell so much as 500 GTOs and didn’t like that the GTO exceeded ten pounds of body weight for each cubic inch of engine displacement, but eager customers had ordered over 5,000 of these mid-sized muscle cars.

1964 Pontiac GTO for Sale

1964 Pontiac GTO for Sale on eBay

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Can you imagine yourself sliding behind the wheel of this bold, red performance machine, turning the key and feeling the power surge and the heady growl of the engine waiting to take you anywhere you want to go., then feeling the surge of power as you shift her into gear and hit the gas?

The Vermillion red GTO featured above started life an entirely different color; it was Gulfstream Aqua with a dark aqua interior, and the seller mentions having the build sheet from Pontiac Historic Services.

This GTO has had three owners, and as a ten-year project, this performance machine was completely restored by the second owner who kept the original engine and 4-speed transmission intact while changing some other details to make this ride even sweeter than it already was.

Some comfort features were added to the interior during the restoration process, such as adding sound-deadening Dynamat to the flooring and panels and installing a custom sound system that includes a CD player installed in the trunk.

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By Laure Justice

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