Big GTO: 1967 Pontiac Bonneville

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The seller here wants to make sure that we know that this 1967 Pontiac Bonneville “is a true Gold on Gold car”, and you can check it out for yourselves here on craigslist in Birmingham; but it may be a Georgia car. Either way, this is one big, golden rod.

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Yep, that’s a 428 badge right there, which should mean at least 360 Pontiac ponies under that landing pad of a hood. Plan on adding about 20% to the value of this car once you’re done with it because of that sweet V8, with a ballpark value of around $15,000 to $20,000 for a restored car. Of course, nobody really knows the “value” of anything until it sells. If you’re thinking of going the restoration route, this car will need to be taken down to bare metal and painted and the interior will need work as well; but since it’s a 428 car it may be worth the effort.

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Wow. Just, wow. I don’t know why I like this design so much but I do. This car looks like it’s in pretty nice shape, it just needs a bit of help since it “has not been tagged or driven since 1985.” The owner says that the body “is VERY solid” and it looks to be.

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And it looks very solid, even in the trunk and underside photos.

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The interior looks good, too. It looks like it may need new carpet or at least a deep cleaning and maybe a dye job, possibly on the seats too. Of course, a person could just fix the mechanicals, clean everything up, and drive it as it looks here. I always look for power windows at a very minimum on older “luxury” cars like this and it’s a bummer that that car doesn’t have them. It’s funny to think of what humans could live without in previous generations. Today it’s just a given that every new vehicle will have power windows and locks, and AC.

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I’m almost surprised to see AC here given that such things weren’t always on even the top tier cars as standard equipment back then. But, you aren’t buying this car just to stay cool, you’re buying it because it is cool! The seller says that this is the first car wash that this car has had in over 30 years so that may explain the Mazola-looking sheen on the engine. Unfortunately, yes; worst-case-scenario: they couldn’t get the engine to “fire up.” Hopefully it’s a simple problem that can be fixed without pulling this beast and rebuilding it.

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The odometer says around 34,000 miles have passed since new and if the car was actually stored since 1985 it theoretically could only have that many and not actually 134,000 on it. At 7,444 miles a year for 18 years (from 1967 to 1985) maybe it does actually have 134,000 on it. Either way, this looks like a fun, fast, golden rod for someone to get on the road again. Restore it in stages or just get it working and drive it as it looks here. Are you a Bonneville fan or is it GTO-or-nothing for you?

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Comments

  1. Rick

    What a cool original and authentic appearing Tin Indian! But i’s more like a Pontiac 2+2 than a GTO imho. I would straighten out the rear bumper, have it detailed and drive it as a survivor. Would even leave those ugly OEM hubcaps on it (as tempting as it would be to throw on a set of Pontiac Turbines).

  2. JW454

    It would have been nice if the order form for this beast had a few more check marks IE: Power brakes! Imagine that… A/C and no power brakes with a big 428 under the hood.
    I like the car but I’d have to change that. PDB would be a must.

  3. Kevin

    damn that’s nice

  4. Howard A Member

    1st of all, no way on the 34k. If it was sitting since ’85, then someone drove the beehoozes out of this car, ( 134 more like it) and being factory air, like Scotty sez, was not a very popular option, EXCEPT in a warm climate, so probably no winters resulting in a fairly clean body ( that may have been spruced up a little for the pic’s) These were great road cars, and knew someone with a ’69 Bonne, 2 door, 428, and that car too rolled like thunder. Going to be a ton of issues with a car sitting that long, but this car could look really sharp someday. Be a “left lane” car,for sure.

  5. DrinkinGasoline

    As the availability of PMD’s 1960’s muscle offerings,or any manufacturer’s for that matter, become more and more out of reach thanks to price inflating auction houses like Barrett-Jackson, desirable vehicles such as this are finally coming into their own on a “blue collar, obtainable level”. As the high dollar collectible auto assimilation industry continues, vehicles such as this will soon be sucked in. I personally jump on vehicles similar to this in my area when i can when they can be purchased reasonably within my means. There will come a time when even the most mass-produced antique car will be beyond the reach of the layman. For those who can…look into this Poncho.

    • OhU8one2

      I couldn’t agree more,as a native Phoenician,I started going to Barrett Jackson auctions in the 70’s. It was nothing like to whirlwind dog and pony show it is today. I do believe in the fact that some but not all of these crazy inflated prices wouldn’t be so high if our hobby had stayed with the enthusiasm for the car and not the mighty dollar. People who have NO gasoline in their veins,but a lot of money have made a mess of what should be a lifelong enjoyable time. Years ago I had an 67 MGB GT,a couple of 63 Cadillac’s,some 64 GTO’s,65 Mustang GT fastback,my point is if you were to purchase this list of cars at today’s prices do you know how much money it would take? It boggles the mind. I used to love car’s with a passion,now I just put up with them. Glory days…………

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  6. Dirty Dingus McGee

    I’m confused;
    Ad states they DID get it to fire up. Also, nowhere in the ad is Georgia mentioned.
    Is there a different ad that we aren’t seeing?

    • Scotty G Staff

      You are correct, sir, my mistake. I misread that part!

      And, I was going by the area-code map for the phone number. There isn’t a city listed on the ad but it was on the Birmingham, AL Craigslist.

      • Dirty Dingus McGee

        Right on, sometimes our eyes fool us. I didn’t check the “reply” on the ad, so I missed the phone number. I would suspect the vehicle is in the Birmingham area as nobody changes their cell phone number when they move.

  7. Ed P

    This Bonneville was built for some serious highway cruising. It may not have been the fastest quarter miler, but it would lead the pack on the open road. Great find.

  8. Dylan Burden

    Ad states they did get it to fire up

  9. St. Ramone de V8

    I love it. That ’67 front end is awesome. Up here in Canada, we got the Pontiac/Chevys with 283’s or 327’s. Parisiennes and Laurentians. To see a Bonneville or even a Catalina with a real Pontiac 389 and options was cool. A 428? AC? This would fetch good dollars here, I think.

  10. Don

    spoke with Chuck the owner of this car on the phone.he sent me a picture of the engine codes. It is indeed an original YH 428 engine.the car has 7 Rusty holes in the trunk floor.as well as a 7-inch strip along the rear trunk rail that has cancer all the way through it.steering wheel is trashed. Dash cracks. And the dash chrome trim is also heavily pittee. IMHO for what it needs it’s too pricey.

  11. OhU8one2

    I can’t remember if the 8 lug wheels were available for this car. I think they would be cool on this car,plus red-line tire’s with that gold paint. Great tin Indian.

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    • DrinkinGasoline

      Regardless of any recollection of the 8 lugs…per the pics, they are are on the car, sheesh. I find it hard to believe that anyone would have gone to the trouble to convert without any further conversions.
      And yes…..I8ATEone2. Our phone exchange was CH1 812…too funny.

      • DrinkinGasoline

        We used to answer: Cherry One ? I ate one too !

      • OhU8one2

        Petrolsipper,my eyes are not what they used to be,BUT I still see “hubcap’s. These are not the 8 lug wheel’s I’m referring to. I’m thinking of the one’s on like a 67 GP convertible. I hear those wheel’s can be a real pain,especially when installing new tire’s. I think they would look sweet. And that’s too funny about the phone #. Enjoy the ride.

      • MountainMan

        nope, hub caps

  12. DrinkinGasoline

    This car should be sold by now….seriously?

  13. DrinkinGasoline

    All joking aside, as I tap my cigarette into my tire ashtray in my garage filled with gobs of auto crap…buy this Poncho !

  14. RoughDiamond

    I’ve never understood unless it’s just ego, why sellers find necessary to picture their “other” car either sitting in the garage or elsewhere within the viewfinder of the vehicle being sold. This has always given me the impression that they are selling off the least desirable and keeping the best. I would keep a GTO over this too however, I would never disclose that I owned a GTO in the first place. Psychology can play a big role in car sales.

    • JW454

      Does that mean, if you were interested in this car you wouldn’t buy it if you knew the owner had a GTO? Interesting. Why?

    • Chebby

      Funny, I usually like that, as it says “okay this guy knows something about Pontiacs.” It can be misleading, doesn’t necessarily mean anything good about the guy, but it’s a clue that you can use when you’re sizing him up, to get him talking and see what his knowledge is like. I’ll take all the clues about someone that I can get.

      I got a good deal on an Olds 88 convertible because the guy had a Cutlass ‘vert too and found a 442 he wanted instead. He had already gone through the car to make it drivable to his own satisfaction, and knowing he was an Olds freak told me that he probably did a decent job.

  15. Luke Fitzgerald

    Must be sort of ‘OK’ – can’t see the carpet from underneath – hubcaps better – 8 lugs look nice – PIA when getting on – as they all are – those anthracite steering wheels disintegrate when not used – great find

  16. erikj

    got a line on a 66-67 bonnie. gold angold. been sitting but they drove it to get the front alined last year and it ran good. $2000. Want to offer $1800 389/autovery straight and rust free 2 door fastback. I would make it drive and flip. I think someone would love to have it.questions??????????????

  17. George Cary Dice

    Used to bomb around in a friend’s 1967 2+2 with a 4-speed in high school. Exact same color combination as this. Recall that even though it was a Catalina-based car and not a longer wheelbase Bonneville, it was huge with a wide front end that mightily rose up under hard acceleration. Can’t wipe the smile off my face.

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