1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop Project!

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It’s when you see cars in the state that this particular one is in that you get an insight into the popularity of a particular make or model. This genuine “242” VIN 1966 Pontiac GTO is a pretty forlorn looking sight, but the popularity of the model really can’t be questioned. This means that while there have been no current bids with the car opening at $4,500, there are 63 people watching the auction. Located in Lanett, Alabama, it is listed for sale here on eBay.

There’s no doubting the work that is going to be required to get this GTO back to its best. There is rust to be attended to in the floors, including the trunk. By the look of the extent of this, it looks like the new owner will need to fit new floor pans right through. The body is actually not too bad when you look past that sad looking paint. The lower quarters have more rust, as do the rockers, the lower corners of both doors, and the lower edges of both fenders. The doors and the fenders appear to be repairable, while the rust in the quarters may be able to be repaired without having to replace the entire quarter panels.

It’s a bit hard to get an overall impression of the interior condition, but there appears to be equal doses of both good and bad news with what we can see. The bad news is that virtually every piece of upholstery will require replacement. The good news is that the dash appears to be present and in restorable condition, and the same can be said for the floor console. The other bad news is the fact that this GTO is a roller, with no engine or transmission. It isn’t clear which version of the 389ci V8 was fitted to the GTO, but we do know that it was backed by the 2-speed automatic transmission. The lack of the numbers-matching units is not the end of the world though, as sourcing a period correct engine and transmission should still be possible if the new owner wants to return the car to its original condition and specifications.

While this GTO looks pretty sad as it stands, it is not beyond salvation. The body is certainly salvageable while replacing the floors is a pretty common task. The end product will not be a numbers-matching car, but it will still be a desirable car that is worth some pretty decent money. It will also be a car that should be a pleasure to own and will attract attention wherever it goes. That alone should make it worth the effort.

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  1. Maverick

    Another flipper.

    Like 4
  2. Rx7turboII

    Yay!! Can I get some love for a fellow flipper? ( virtual clapping heard from thousands of fellow flippers ) Lmao!

    Hey Maverick, flippers are people too!

    Like 5
  3. Vin_in_NJ

    Sometimes a flipper is needed to get a project into the right hands

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    • TJohnson

      Agreed!! I flip a lot of cars and pickups. A good chunk of these vehicles would have eventually became a giant rust stain on the ground where they once sat, by dissolving away to nothing. Most of their owners say, “I’m gonna fixer up some day!” Sometimes you can get these guys to understand that day will never come, but a lot of times you can’t.

      Like 3
  4. Wrong Way

    This is a genuine goat. I hurried to the eBay listing thinking if it was feasible I just might buy it. It’s gone already.

    Like 1
  5. James Martin

    Bad part about flippers, is that most dont care about the cars or the hobby. The money is all it is about. And of course the money is double what car is worth. So then of course every dummy with a similar cars wants double too.

    Like 4
    • TJohnson

      James, you couldn’t be more wrong. I am a flipper, and I eat, sleep, and breathe classic cars. I flip cars because yes if done right, you can make some money. However, it’s a very fun way to buy some really cool cars that ordinarily I would never be able to afford. I have put a lot of cars back on the road. Isn’t that what the hobby is all about? Not caring about the car would be just to leave it sit where it was at and rust away. The classic car market is just like anything else, supply and demand. The car is worth whatever somebody is willing to pay for it. My hats off to this guy, (whether he’s a flipper or not), for rescuing this GTO from whatever neglected hell it’s been through for the last 53 years. Somebody will take this car and make it new again. And at $4,500, he ain’t going to make enough retire. I guess my question to you James is, what is the proper way a classic car should be bought and sold, if flippers are low rent citizens?

      Like 6
      • Wrong Way

        We’ll said T JOHNSON, I may be considered a flipper/collector myself. I have a collection, but I also buy to restore and sell to make a profit on what I choose not to keep. I dump that profit on another car I may desire. That’s the rules of the game!

        Like 6
  6. Michael Colunga Jr

    I have $2,000 in cash , the term money talks and BS walks is very true , I’ve always dreamed of having this model year car , ever since I was a teenager , I’m 32 now and I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to ever have that year of a car in my life.

    Living with not much does suck

    Like 0

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