400 Four-Speed! 1968 Pontiac GTO Project

In a radical departure from the sedan-like styling of the first-generation GTO, Pontiac brought this highly-rounded and sporty-looking coupe to market in 1968. Shorter in length and wheelbase (yet somehow 75 lb. heavier), the second-generation GTO set Pontiac up for success in the hot muscle market of the late ’60s. Thanks to wikipedia.org for some details. The seller claims this 1968 Pontiac GTO in Hallandale, Florida retains nearly all of its original equipment including 400 cid (6.6L) V8, four-speed manual transmission, interior, and even paint. I’m no GTO expert, but the $19,500 Buy It Now price here on eBay seems optimistic. Still, if complete and solid, it could make a dandy “Goat.”

If that stick-shift sticking out of the wood-grain console doesn’t get your blood pumping, what are you doing here? Take a walk over to boringcarsfornearlydeadpeople.com. These bucket seats may seem a little flat and slippery compared to today’s sport seats, but acceleration can be applied at any time to sink you into the seat if you start sliding laterally.

While the breaks in the grille inboard of the headlights might suggests this GTO sports the optional hidden headlights, this YouTube video disproves that theory. Hidden headlight cars have noticeably different trim with headlights exposed. Pontiac touted the Endura Bumpers toughness with at least two amusing TV commercials, one featuring Pontiac Man John Z. Delorean and others beating the new bumper with various objects.

We have no pictures of the engine compartment, so how about one of the back seat? This nearly-pristine vinyl bench seat could probably tell some stories but, as the father of two girls, I’ll leave it at that. Green cars aren’t everyone’s favorite, but the black interior gives this Pontiac a resale advantage over a car that’s green inside and out. You might prefer a 1970 with the 455, but this car’s 400 was pretty hot in ’68, and can yield well over 400 HP on pump gas with some work. Any GTO fans out there? What’s this car worth to you?

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Comments

  1. slickb

    Make it run and drive it as it is and enjoy the patina. restore it later. this is a great car.

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  2. John M.

    Way better than the Le Mans that was previously featured.

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  3. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Optimistic BIN price IMO. This looks to be assuming someone “Has to Have” this car, which might happen. Might happen, might not.
    Could be a fun car when finished, we’ll see.

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    • hugh crawford

      Plus for the last year of vent windows AKA wind wings. The 69s aren’t nearly as pleasant to drive with the windows open.

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  4. rpol35

    That single snorkel air cleaner looks like the one used on the “optional” 265 HP 400 CI, 2 barrel carb. engine. As I recall, the “standard” 400 CI, 350 HP engine used a dual snorkel unit.

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    • Roy B.

      Nope, looks exactly like it should, no dual snorkels in 68 unless perhaps a California models. The optional 265 hp 2 barrel was only available with an automatic.

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  5. local_sheriff

    That BIN is hilarious – considering its overall condition I can see it sell for 10k mainly ‘cuz it’s a 4spd, but 19.5k…?!

    Not nearly as atttractive as the 64-67 models, sadly by 68 the legedary Goat was reduced to look like just another A-body – IMO so much of its identity got lost in the transition.

    Considering the car’s Ft Lauderdale location and that seller ‘welcomes international buyers’ I suspect he’s hoping some desperate European enthusiast will jump on it to avoid the hassle of arranging inland transport. Just to make that one clear; European buyers are very well aware of what vintage US iron sell for

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    • Chris M

      While I appreciate your opinion I tend to like the 68-69 GTO designs. However I do tend to see the 71-74 designs as the low water mark for The Great One.

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      • local_sheriff

        Chris M; I won’t necessarily claim I dislike the design I just think by 68 they got too anonymous compared to previous models.

        Considering your nick and interest in 68-69 Goats, not to mention that the world is getting increasingly smaller – you shouldn’t by any chance be located in Winter Park,FL…?

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    • Chris M.

      No sheriff, I’m not from those parts. Lol

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  6. Mike L

    More photos, a better description and some history on it would certainly help. The car has Ohio plates from the late ’70s/early 80s so it’s likely seen days here in the salt belt..

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  7. Charles Moorehead

    Wow 20k for a total restoration project should be 10k at best.
    Why is it no matter condition price usually off the hook.

    The people that would buy and restore I guess they are planning on driving when completed a 75,000 car after restoration and worth 40,000 at best,
    Ill never get it,
    Thanks

    must be me

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  8. Martin Kovach

    Judging by all the rust, I’d bet underneath looks pretty crunchy too.

  9. TimM

    This brings back memory’s!!! I had a 68 with enduro delete so it had the chrome front bumper!! I liked it better!!! It was a his/hers shifter and the same color as this one!! I was the second owner and it is definitely a regret that I have letting it go!! I always wished it was a 4 speed but it was still a fun car and got lots of looks!!!

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    If the endura bumper is anything like the 1 on the ’70-3 firebird, i bet most of that 75 lb extra weight is in the front bumper.
    Try to lift a ’73 firebird front bumper , & then a ’67 camaro front one.

  11. stillrunners

    Agree on the high side – no frame shots ?

  12. Troy s

    The ’65 the other day caused a stir, but for me I really like these years, whether it’s a GTO, SS396, or 442. Like the sporty roof line, with a heavy emphasis on muscular styling.
    There’s a very nice picture of the engine in the ad, don’t get the single snorkel air cleaner either. Is it original or from a different car? Could be a two barrel 400 which doesn’t make the car any more valuable, at least that’s how I see it.

  13. Nate

    This body style to everything I’ve been told was the “Judge” style while the older squared style was the “Goat”. I could be wrong as that’s happened many times before but if I am wrong, I’m taking a BUNCH of GTO crazy fans with me. LOL

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