BK Auto Auctions presents this classic 1967 Pontiac GTO finished in an awesome Montreux Blue with the proper blue bucket seat interior and white convertible top indicated on the cowl tag. Powering this is a period correct non-matching number 335 HP 400 cubic inch engine that has had the stock 4-barrel carb and intake manifold replaced with an earlier intake featuring Pontiac’s legendary three deuce set-up, exactly what a hot-rodder from that era would do, which is transferred to the rear differential through a 3-speed GM Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. This head turning Pontiac is ready to cruise. The odometer shows 9,557 miles. This vehicle comes with a clean Texas title and carfax.
The 1967 model year marked several firsts and lasts for the GTO. It marked the final year for the first-generation body style, and the first year for the 400 cubic-inch engine that would provide power for other legendary Pontiacs for many years. It also marked the first GTO to not offer a factory multiple carburetor option as the popular three “deuce” manifold option was replaced by a single four-barrel. It was also the first year the GM Turbo 400 three-speed automatic was offered, replacing the previous two-speed automatic. The other first was several safety upgrades mandated by federal regulations.
The early 1960’s was a time when many American auto makers were seeking to define their identity and this was particularly true of the Pontiac division of General Motors. Chevrolet was the entry level marque and Cadillac was the top luxury brand, leaving the Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick divisions clawing for the market in the middle.
One of the executives at Pontiac was John DeLorean, who would years later gain notoriety more for his failure than his accomplishments with the DeLorean DMC-12. DeLorean was something of a maverick even in his early days and is widely credited for helping push the introduction of the legendary Pontiac GTO. With GM issuing an edict officially banning all divisions from factory racing activities in early 1963, Pontiac was left in a lurch as their advertising and marketing strategy was largely based on performance. Pontiac chose to keep emphasizing performance but changed from the racetrack to the street.
The centerpiece of this campaign became the GTO. Pontiac executives ignored GM rules limiting engine size to 330 cubic inches in intermediate models and shoehorned the larger 389 cubic inch engine from their full-sized line into the LeMans/Tempest platform. The result was a vehicle that would link the Pontiac name to street performance for years to come. While the GTO moniker was said to be inspired by the successful Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Tourismo Omologatto (which in Italian indicated the vehicle was certified for racing) officially the GTO was defined as the Grand Tempest Option which also played on the fact Pontiac had the Grand Prix in their model offerings.
The Seller states the odometer reading of 9,557 miles is indicative of the miles put on the vehicle since restoration but we have no way to document this. In accordance with Missouri statutes, this vehicle will be sold mileage-exempt due to age. This 1967 Pontiac GTO has been in the portfolio of a major midwestern investor/collector for almost 10 years and has been stored in a humidity-controlled environment.