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Lot Number
53
1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $60,000
CHASSIS NO: 24176K115646
• Original 'Tri-Power' four-speed GTO
• PHS documented and highly optioned
• Factory color combination
• Rare factory original options

389 cid V-8 engine, triple two-barrel carburetors, 360 HP at 5,200 RPM, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”


Nearly extinct during the mid-1950s, Pontiac became America’s third-best selling marque during the 1960s by cashing in on America’s fast-growing youth market. A defining moment came when Russ Gee, Bill Collins, and John DeLorean stuffed a 389 V-8 into a mid-size Tempest to create the first “true” muscle car. While GM policy limited engine displacement for its intermediates, the 389 was the foundation of a new option package for the Tempest Le Mans, thereby circumventing corporate approval. Named as a cheeky swipe at Ferrari's GT racer, the GTO option was a fully integrated engine/handling/appearance package. Brisk sales spurred many imitators and encouraged product planners to list the GTO as a distinct model series beginning in 1966.

Featuring its original color combination, this original Tri-Power/four-speed 1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop is a prime example of one of the most influential and successful factory muscle cars ever built. As confirmed by documents supplied by Pontiac Historical Services (PHS), including a copy of the original 1966 Car Billing History card, it was delivered to Seifert Pontiac Inc. of Denver, Colorado and invoiced on January 6, 1966. It was highly equipped with factory options including bucket seats with rare factory head rests, remote control outside mirror, visor and rear-view mirrors, the full suite of lamps including the rare underhood lamp, Rally Gauge cluster including tachometer, Deluxe wheels including red painted brake drums, floor console, tinted windshield, Saf-T-Track rear axle, and a pushbutton radio.

With just three owners from new, the GTO benefits from a high-quality repaint applied earlier in 2017, nicely complemented by very good chrome and stainless trim. The engine bay is very well-presented, highlighted by the mighty Tri-Power 389 V-8, which was repainted in the correct factory light blue and contrasts beautifully against the well-finished inner fenders. The interior compartment is highly presentable with the carpets, seats, and headrests nicely complemented by a new floor console housing an iconic Hurst shifter. The undercarriage is similarly attractive, finished in correct semi-gloss paint and including grey springs. A freshly completed service included installation of new spark plugs, and upgraded ethanol-resistant gaskets for all three carburetors. Other upgrades include installation of wheel well liners, period style redline tires, and a great sounding, high-quality dual exhaust system including tubular headers. If you are looking for a truly iconic American muscle car, look no further than this outstanding example of Pontiac’s legendary “Great One.”

1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop
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