1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop - SOLD
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Paint and bodywork are extremely good thanks to a fresh rotisserie restoration and immaculate west coast sheetmetal underneath.

There’s always talk of west coast cars being better, but until you have one it’s hard to understand why. So with that in mind, take a long look down the flanks and underneath this stunning 1966 Pontiac GTO hardtop, which did indeed spend its life in sunny, warm California. 100% original sheetmetal and floors, laser straight bodywork, exceptional fit and finish, and a beautiful color combination all add up to a superior quality Goat that’s ready to rumble. It’s also nicely documented, outfitted with Tri-Power carburetion, and if you’re a real stickler for detail, it even comes with its original California smog equipment in the trunk. Add in the ultra-rare Hurst wheels, a manual transmission, and a very expensive fresh restoration, and it’s a no-excuses GTO that you will enjoy for many years.

Barrier Blue is a seldom-seen color on GTOs, but after looking this one over in the sunlight, we have to wonder why. It’s deep and rich without being too dark or to silvery (Pontiac offered two other blues if those options appeal to you). It looks grown up on the sleek GTO bodywork, but it carries and edge—this GTO still commands respect on the street. Paint and bodywork are extremely good thanks to a fresh rotisserie restoration and immaculate west coast sheetmetal underneath. Look at the reflections in the paint and you can see that a great deal of time was invested in the color sanding and buffing, but good base stock always helps. The doors swing shut with a reassuring thud, not a loose-sounding whack, and there’s exactly zero evidence that this car has ever been wrecked or rusty. They added a single red pinstripe along the GTO’s voluptuous curves and that’s just the right amount of contrast to really make this car pop. All the chrome and stainless trim was likewise restored to show standards, and it even includes details like correct T3 headlights up front, which are not an inexpensive addition. It carries Royal Bobcat emblems on the front fenders, although we have no evidence that this is a car modified by Royal Pontiac in Michigan. From any angle, this GTO looks right.

The black bucket seat interior was entirely restored as well, including all-new soft parts from Legendary. That means highly detailed seat covers that are better than your run-of-the-mill repros, new carpets with the correct weave, and enough bright bits to make it feel upscale. Check out the woodgrained wheel with three chrome spokes, designed to emulate European sports cars, as well as the woodgrained dash with round instrument pods. All the gauges have been rebuilt and are fully operational, including the Rally clock, and the factory AM radio boasts a rear speaker. Surprisingly, the center console was optional on the GTO, with this one showing an unusual 3-speed manual, which was the standard gearbox on the GTO. It’s a Hurst linkage, as advertised on the deck lid, and it snaps through the gears as authoritatively as any 4-speed—hardly a demerit. It’s possible that the headliner is original and in great condition, and all the weather seals have been replaced so it seals up quite well. IN back, the trunk is correctly detailed with spatter paint, a reproduction mat, and a full-sized spare tire with matching cover.

The engine is a familiar 389 cubic inch V8, which was standard equipment in the GTO. This one is correctly coded as a WW, which is for a 3-speed manual, and has been rebuilt to stock specs save for the addition of Tri-Power up top (this was originally a 4-barrel car). Colors and finishes are correct throughout, from the Pontiac Turquoise engine enamel, to the chrome valve covers that Pontiac added knowing that guys were going to be under the hood. Other nice details include little stuff like tower hose clamps, a reproduction battery, proper A/C decals, and even color-coded springs on the carburetor setup. Power steering and power brakes make it easy to handle and you’d better believe this Goat delivers in the horsepower department. Most of the time you’ll drive around on the center carb, but you can feel a slight detent in the throttle linkage—push through that and you’re opening the outer carbs and then things start to happen in a big way. Even 55 years later, it’s still a blast to drive.

Please take some extra time to examine the ultra-clean undercarriage, which shows you exactly why California cars are just better. No undercoating, no patches, no questionable issues, just clean factory sheetmetal with all the original details still readily apparent. The suspension and brakes have been rebuilt, so the car rides and handles like it should, and the reproduction dual exhaust system (with resonators, which you rarely see) is throaty without being annoying, which was surely the intent. The driveshaft has been striped to indicate balance, just the way the factory would have done it, and there are 3.55 gears and a Posi limited slip in the 10-bolt rear end, which make this a comfortable cruiser just about anywhere. The only real deviation from stock spec is a set of air shocks out back, which can certainly help it keep an even keel if you have gear in the trunk or friends in the back seat. Of course, it also includes a new gas tank as well as fresh lines and hoses to be ready to enjoy. Those aforementioned Hurst wheels look fantastic and carry 215/70/14 redline radials, which tie in perfectly with the red pinstripe on the bodywork. This is an absolutely gorgeous car.

Extras include a full PHS information package, reproduction window sticker, some restoration receipts, the original 4-barrel intake and carburetor, as well as the original smog gear in case you’d like to have it judged at the highest levels.

Are west coast cars better? Look at this GTO and decide. You won’t find better sheetmetal, a cleaner undercarriage, or straighter bodywork on east coast cars, no matter how much the restoration cost. Add in the exceptionally good workmanship, awesome performance, and nice details like the Hurst wheels, and you have a GTO that will stand out anywhere it goes and entertain the driver most of all. How is that not a win? Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118016
Mileage: 47,575
VIN: 2421767111650
Engine: 389 cubic inch V8, Tri-Power
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.55
Wheelbase: 115 inches
Wheels: 14-inch Hurst aluminum wheels
Tires: 215/70/14 BFGoodrich redline radials
Exterior Color: Barrier Blue
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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