The Auburn Auction

Lot 30
1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible

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1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible

CHASSIS NO: 242679B153344

• PHS documentation with tasteful custom touches
• Documented 5,667 careful miles since a comprehensive restoration
• Full numbers-matching engine and rear end
• Overdrive transmission added during 2009 restoration

400 cid V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, Turbo 400 automatic transmission with overdrive, custom independent four-wheel Hotchkiss suspension, disc brakes; wheelbase: 112”

There are few real deal 1969 Pontiac GTO convertibles out there - fewer than 4,385 were produced a half-century ago. So, when you're looking at one that has an unbeatable paint finish, and its original fire-breathing 400 V-8... well then, you know the ultimate GTO collectable is up for grabs.

This GTO 'Vert is powered by a numbers-matching 400 cubic-inch, 6.6-liter V-8 which produces quite a bit more than the 366-horsepower delivered from the factory. Start with a .30 over bore and a performance Comp Cam, topped with a high-rise manifold and 750 Holley four-barrel. Add in MSD electronic ignition, ceramic headers and custom Flowmaster exhaust, and “Bessie” has plenty of power. Top end was enhanced with a Turbo 400 automatic transmission with overdrive, and the ride was taken up a notch with new Hotchkiss suspension featuring a 1.3” slight drop. Finish with a 10-bolt rear and big and little Cragar wheels, and you’ve got one of the most potent GTO convertibles we’ve ever seen.

The PPG Liquid Crystal paint is called Ruby Slipper, and it must be seen to be believed. It has a soft gradient change as the natural lighting shifts for an incredible custom effect. This sunshine-friendly droptop now radiates the sunlight even better than any of its contemporaries. Combine this with the super-straight body, you really get to appreciate the curves that make the second-gen GTO a sought-after legend. The car would be equally at home at a custom car show or a Pontiac-Oakland club meet, as it is delivered today with full PHS documentation. The interior is beautifully finished in custom leather, including the door panels and wheel. Of course, power steering, power brakes, power windows are included, with a like-new power-operated Oyster top that features a glass window. Everyone in the family will enjoy the Vintage Air air-conditioning and AM/FM stereo, and the car needs nothing to enjoy. It’s one of the very best we’ve seen, and “Bessie” earned her nickname with immaculate condition and unmistakable style.

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