ONLY 69K ORIGINAL MILES, EXCELLENT CONDITION, SIX SPEED, LS1, DESIRABLE YELLOW!
America got the best of both worlds with this GTO. In 1931, GM bought Holden, an Australian car company. They stayed pretty independent from GM, enjoying the synergies, but developing their own cars. Bob Lutz, chairman of GM, drove a V8 powered Holden Monaro on a trip there in 2000 and was quite impressed. Car and Driver said it was one of the best cars GM built at the time and an Australian magazine said it would eat Mustangs and spit out Nissans. So, GM decided to bring it to the U.S. as a Pontiac GTO. Check it out.
We admit that there is nothing like the original GTO. But times and technology have changed, and this GTO is a serious muscle car as well as a worthy successor to the name. In true hot-rod tradition, this one has a few upgrades that add to the flavor. One that even GM added to later year models is a hood with scoops that recall the ones on the originals. The front end is now very aerodynamic, but retains the signature split Pontiac grill proudly sporting a GTO badge while also incorporating some serious lighting. The color is called Yellow Jacket and the factory used a basecoat/clearcoat system to really bring out the shine. The wheels have been blacked out along with the mirrors in another custom touch and you may notice that is sits a bit lower than usual. Aero continues to be the theme with a roofline that slopes smoothly down to a rear spoiler and side skirts that keep air from under the car at speed.
Open the door and you will find a Black leather interior that has been praised by the automotive press and owners alike. The door panel is sculpted with a long, stitched armrest as well as a heat and A/C vent ducted into it for comfortable cruising. The bucket seats are both comfortable and supportive with GTO embroidered into them near the top. A four-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with yellow stitching sits in front of a compact dash panel with gold faced gauges with white lettering. A flick of the wrist to the right is the shifter for the manual transmission that is begging to be stirred around with a set of non-slip pedals for the clutch, brake and gas to assist in the process. Ventilation controls are in the center panel just over the Blaupunkt premium sound system for your listening pleasure. The back-seat passengers get their own set of bucket seats if they choose to jump in for the ride too.
Pop the hood and you will find an LS1 V8 motor nestled down in a neat and clean engine bay. A dress up kit includes yellow covers with GTO embossed on them as well as SLP lettering indicating the Street Legal Performance upgrade to the exhaust system. A strut brace improves chassis rigidity and assures good handling and the Anti-lock brake pump is plain to see which operates 4-wheel discs and provides a measure of safety as well as added confidence while out doing some spirited driving. Power flows through the 6-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels which put the power on the ground through an independent rear suspension. The front is a MacPherson strut setup with power rack and pinion steering and a beefy sway bar for precise control. Performance oriented springs both front and rear provide even better handling and make the car look better by lowering it as well.
A worthy successor to the original GTO and a serious contender in the modern sports car wars. Come on down and check it out.
- Exterior Color
- Yellow Jacket
- Interior Color
- Front Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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