POPUALR YEAR FOR THE GTO, 1971 400CI YS CODE MOTOR, FACTORY A/C CAR, NICE DRIVER
You can always count on the Pontiac GTO to generate attention, and when you paint it bright red like this 1967 hardtop, you'd better be prepared to be treated as a 1-car parade! With a stout 400 cubic inch V8, lots of options, and a great stance, this is an affordable Goat that you can drive without worries.
Originally Plum Mist, which is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it color, this GTO received a more popular shade of bright red when it was restored a few years ago. The '67 model was perhaps the pinnacle of GTO styling, with a sleek look, voluptuous quarter panels and handsome stacked headlights, and the makeover does nothing to diminish any of that. Instead, it draws attention to the GTO's finer points, starting with good bodywork that looks straight and fits together rather well. It's not a show car, so you shouldn't be afraid to get it dirty by driving it, but for folks who know GTOs, they'll see this one and nod approvingly when it's being used as intended. The simplicity of the design is accentuated by nice chrome and stainless trim, including nicely integrated bumpers, wire mesh grilles up front, and, of course, somewhat subtle GTO badges that let the shape speak for itself. After all, the GTO was always from the "speak softly and carry a big V8" school of thought.
With a red exterior, nothing works better inside than basic black. Sure, you could do white or parchment or something like that, but if you want a no-nonsense performance look, black buckets in your GTO is always the right choice. The seat covers, carpets, and door panels are in fine condition, indicative of a restoration completed not too long ago, and with a center console and woodgrained dash, the GTO offers a dash of sophistication to go with its performance, as always. Round gauges appear to be original and give the dash a vaguely European look, framed by an original steering wheel that is only just now starting to show its age. A Hurst dual-gate shifter (fondly called the "His-N-Hers" shifter) allows for gated shifts much like today's manumatics, and makes the idea of an automatic transmission in a muscle car a lot more palatable. Options include factory A/C that's now powered by R134a refrigerant and a later AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that's probably been there since Regan was president. GTO-logo floor mats and a correctly outfitted trunk with full-sized spare round out a very cleanly finished driver's compartment.
Pontiac's bespoke V8s were always the weapons of choice in the performance wars and this GTO carries a 1971-vintage YS-coded 400 cubic inch V8, so performance issues are non-existent. Chrome valve covers and air cleaner lend a factory look while corporate engine enamel makes it stand out. It's nicely finished and fully functional, complete with power steering and brakes and a fresh Flowmaster dual exhaust system that barks out the most amazing V8 burble. A rugged TH400 3-speed automatic transmission never hesitates when all that torque is churning through it and a 10-bolt rear end plants the power without a whimper. Factory Rally II wheels and 215/70/14 Firestone radials ensure that the car looks and sits right.
Fresh out of long-term ownership, this is a driver-grade Goat and there's no shame in that. Still beautiful to look at and a blast to drive, it's one of the most affordable early GTOs we've featured but no less appealing than its more expensive siblings. Call today!
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