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Lot 342: Pontiac GTO Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

When GM redesigned its intermediates for 1968, no division had a tougher muscle car act to follow than Pontiac. But talent rose to the challenge, and the 1968 Pontiac GTO emerged as a brilliant blend of beauty and brawn. It sustained the styling leadership of the 1966-67 series, and its performance remained competitive against ever-tougher rivals. The 350bhp from its standard 400ci OHV four-barrel V8 would now propel the car through the 1/4 mile timing lights in 14.5 seconds at 98mph, or a 0-60mph time of just 6.4 seconds.

1968 found the car on a shortened wheelbase of 112inches, and with tuned suspension, offered nimbler handling over its predecessor. Styling options for 1968 were highlighted with the now fashionable color-keyed bumpers to match the car, and the ever-popular hidden headlamps.

The example of the GTO convertible offered here in Verdoro Green with black vinyl interior has an original option list second to none. The Pontiac Historical Society provided copies of the original window sticker and accompanying documentation, which confirm the base price was increased by over a third with options, including air conditioning, power brakes, steering and windows, Saf-T-Track rear axle, an AM radio (since converted to FM) and a Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission.

The car, which retains its original 400ci, 335bhp V8, spent much of its life in Tennessee, Virgina and Arizona. During restoration, the original bench seat was traded for bucket seats and console. The vendor assures us that the headlamp covers are now fully operational.

More than merely restored, the car has been fully sorted. With fully operational systems throughout, including cold AC, the car recently completed the Muscle Car 1000 rally over six days on Southern California's Interstate Freeways and twisty mountain roads, taking it all in its stride.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number342
Estimate$25000-$30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$26000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$30420
Year1968
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number242678R177885
Engine numberYS 523917
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2