GTO Tribute Restomod LS1
SLICK-BUILT RESTOMOD, LS1 V8 SWAP, 4L60E, PWR FRNT DISCS/STEERING, R134A A/C!!
What do you get when you take the GTO and turn it up to 11? Maybe something like this 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop. It packs a fuel-injected LS1 made of aluminum, a gorgeous interior, and the right hardware to make it very fast but totally streetable. If you like the idea of a GTO that takes no prisoners, this incredible restomod won't disappoint.
The red paint is bright and beautifully applied, but at a glance, there's nothing to tip you off that this car is anything but a garden-variety Goat. There's no mistaking the GTO DNA at work here, from the stacked headlights and mesh grilles to the beautiful Coke-bottle shape, and while it's not a real GTO, the badges are just where they should be. The paint is indeed worthy of scrutiny, a beautiful finish that's deep and lustrous and is exactly the right color to grab everyone's attention as you cruise into the show. There are plenty of OEM-grade details, ranging from the modest hood scoop to the mesh grille inserts and handsome taillights out back. All the factory chrome and stainless trim remains intact, so it has a very correct look and it would be easy to mistake for a purely stock GTO.
The beautiful black bucket seat interior has plenty of factory hardware, but at the same time, it was obviously built for the street. All the soft parts are new and correct reproductions, so it looks right, and there's a proper wood-rimmed steering wheel, although it's a bit thicker than original-issue. White-faced Auto Meter gauges replace the original dials and give a better view of the upgraded engine, but the secondary controls remain intact. But make no mistake, this is a street car, so it also has cold A/C, a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system, power brakes and power steering, so it's easy to drive for anyone. You'll note that the factory his-n-hers shifter has been subtly tweaked to work with the modern 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission now living underneath and the illusion is fairly convincing. The trunk is tidy with a rubber mat and stereo equipment, but none of it gets in the way so you can feel free to hit the road with this Poncho.
The hardware is what truly makes this car special, and the LS1 V8 under the hood is extremely impressive. Pulled from a late-model GTO (seems appropriate), it's an all-aluminum block so handling is sharp and with as much OEM hardware as possible, it drives like a stocker. Everything is OEM quality, from the cool GTO cam covers to the accessory drive to the big electric fans keeping it cool (a big aluminum radiator certainly helps). The transmission is a 4L60E 4-speed automatic linked to a 10-bolt rear end, as original. Custom LS1 headers feed a trick Flowmaster exhaust system with an X-pipe, giving this GTO a very unique voice. It runs and drives beautifully, with great road manners and surprisingly good fuel economy thanks to the efficient LS1 motor. Factory Rally 1 wheels add an industrial look and carry 215/70/15 front and 235/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials.
This is modern performance packaged as a vintage car, and thanks to the wonders of fuel injection, you'll be shocked by how well it works. Better still, it's all wrapped in bright red bodywork that will make everyone stop and stare. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Fuel Injection
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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