1966 Pontiac GTO 4-Speed Convertible!

This GTO is one of 12,798 convertibles built in 1966 and is for sale here on eBay in Channahon, Illinois with a starting bid of $7,000.  The seller has amassed a number of parts including a hood, fenders and interior pieces that could be useful in the restoration.  The car has been off the road since 1978.  Thanks to Patrick S. for submitting this find.

The ad shows multiple pictures of various parts that go with the car.  Some look usable but others appear to be crusty and will need to be cleaned, restored or replaced if a nice restoration is to be completed.  The floorboards, cowl, and frame are said to be solid but the trunk will need to replaced as well as the fenders and possibly the quarter panels.

The seller states that the engine comes with the car and needs to be rebuilt but the 4-speed transmission is missing. The descriptions of some of the parts, like the hood being perfect, seem a little optimistic based on the pictures. The GTO became its own model in 1966 and it was no longer an option on the Tempest LeMans order sheet. The VIN indicates this to be a true 242 GTO.

There were 77,901 GTOs built in 1966 with the 4 barrel 389 and 19,045 GTOs built with the Tri-Power carburetor set up. The car is for sale locally and there are three days remaining in the bidding on eBay. Since it is a 1966 GTO, convertible and 4 speed, do you think the price is worth the sum of the parts?


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  1. Arthell64 Member

    This is a big project for someone. I guess cars in this condition is what all of the reproduction parts are for.

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  2. TimM

    Project 1- take it apart
    Project 2-let it sit in the garage for years
    Project 3-try to sell it in pieces

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  3. JOHN Member

    This is a rough old goat… it will need plenty of love, and plenty of $$$ as well.

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  4. Classic Steel

    This goat 🐐 is “kid”ding folks on its condition… its “bahh”d but restoration is possible. I could build it but don’t have the time and need a break. I just took on a six month complete restoration project on a split window…but if it was springtime i would have considered it as i have a goat sweet spot😏

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  5. Timmyt

    Here’s a guess,when parked in 78 it probably would have been easy to save with his replacement parts being in much better condition.Fast forward 31 years and everything has deteriorated beyond saving, this sad looking 242 has become a donor with very little to contribute 7k for a parts car is too high.

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  6. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Someone that really wants a GTO or thinks they’re the next Steve Stroppe will likely buy it. If they have more $$ than cents they’ll drop a bundle on it but likely won’t finish it, then it will go on to the next buyer and it’ll start again.

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  7. bobyeager

    I don’t believe that this is a GTO. Those are tempest grille inserts. It does appear to be a ’66G GTO hood, however. It was common to attempt to create GTOs from the Tempest. I would like to see the rest of it.

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    • SteVen

      I thought the same at first, but it appears this GTO was previously repaired with that green Tempest front end.

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    • JOHN Member

      It does indeed have some Tempest front end parts, but the VIN and cowl tag both start out with a 242, which is correct for a GTO. What I don’t understand is anyone selling a Pontiac, especially a highly collectible model, does not have a PHS report, and a photo of it. PHS is basically the birth certificate, you shouldn’t sell or buy without it!

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  8. Mood O

    When the top drops, the price goes up!
    We just finished a complete resto on a 64 Lemans convertible with some upgrades like FI 455 w/700r4 and 3:55 posi, disc brakes etc.
    Car was a good running 326 w/ Super Turbine 300 and freeway gears, factory A/C and a heck of a lot cleaner than this GTO
    Still took about 45k to get it like it is now, never going to be able to get that back…
    Buyer beware!

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  9. Jimmy

    I love GTOs but not this much !!!

  10. bigdoc

    I guess I am one of those who just don’t understand. But why do people bring a car out of a barn/field and think it’s worth so darn much. And yet some fool {IMHO} will buy and then thousands of dollars into just makes no sense to me.

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  11. Jack Hammer

    Iron oxide: good for the blood.

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  12. ron

    its not a 4 speed as advertised when there’s no transmission with the car

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