Numbers-Matching Survivor: 1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible

With Summer almost upon us, I can’t think of any better way to enjoy the warmer weather than from behind the wheel of this 1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible. This survivor is in extremely nice condition and is a numbers-matching classic. It has no immediate needs, so it is ready for a spot of top-down cruising. It is located in East Greenbush, New York, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. I’m not surprised to see that bidding on the GTO has been quite solid, and while this has pushed the price along to $21,700, the reserve hasn’t been met.

There is no doubt that some colors work better than others on the GTO, and I would rate Yorktown Blue as being amongst the best of them. The Pontiac did receive a repaint around 30-years-ago, and this has held up nicely over those three decades. The owner does identify some minor waviness in the rear quarter panels but feels that this could be blocked out okay. Beyond that, the paint does present very nicely, while the panels appear to be free from any obvious rust issues. There are apparently a couple of soft spots in the floors, but the owner says that these could be addressed with patches. The top is original and is free of any tears. However, the rear window zipper is faulty, and this will require either repair or replacement. The trim and chrome appear to be in good condition, while the glass seems to be free from any obvious defects.

Powering the GTO is a 389ci V8, while the vehicle also features a 2-speed Super Turbine 300 automatic transmission, and power steering. This is a numbers-matching car, and that 389 should be happy to produce 325hp. For a Convertible of this size, the GTO is actually not a particularly heavy vehicle. It tips the scales at 3,422lbs, which means with the 389 in good health, it is easily capable of producing a sub-16-second ¼ mile ET. The Pontiac has been in the possession of its current owner for 14-years, and it has been properly maintained throughout that time. He does state that not only is it an exceptional driver, but that he does hold a significant file of paperwork for the car. This includes the original Order Form, along with a large catalog of receipts for servicing and repairs. I have included a YouTube video at the bottom of this article, and not only does it provide a brief walkaround of the car, but we also get a chance to hear the engine running. In a nutshell, it sounds absolutely perfect.

While the paint on the GTO might be newer, the interior is almost completely original. The exceptions to this statement include the carpet, which was replaced in the 1980s, and the fitting of a radio/8-track player in place of the factory radio. Parchment upholstery can have a tendency to discolor over time, and while this car has experienced that, it generally isn’t severe. The outer edge of the driver’s seat is probably one of the worst spots, but it really doesn’t detract from the overall condition of the seats. They are free from any signs of tears or seam separations, while the remaining upholstered surfaces are in a similar state. The dash and the console appear to be in good condition, while the dash pad is free from cracks. With regard to the discoloring of the vinyl, I would be tempted to discuss this with a reputable upholsterer. I have seen this issue addressed with some careful cleaning with specialist products that have produced some surprisingly good results. However, this isn’t what I would class as essential, and unless the next owner is seeking perfection in the vehicle’s presentation, the condition would seem to be appropriate for an original survivor.

There is no doubt that while it might not be perfect, this 1964 GTO Convertible still presents extremely nicely. When you look across the car, it has very few needs, and none of these would appear to be of an urgent nature. I personally can’t see any reason why the vehicle couldn’t be enjoyed during the upcoming warmer months, with the rust in the floors being tackled when things turn cool once again. As it currently stands, I would expect the bidding to push beyond the $35,000 mark, although given the color combination that it wears, it could go even higher. Regardless of where the price finally does rest, I really can’t think of many better ways to spend a sunny Sunday than behind the wheel of this great classic.

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Comments

  1. Jcs

    Beautiful cruiser! The gorgeous color combination fits it perfectly.

    If looking for a 64 Ragtop this one is worth a serious look and a good digging deep for, Imma go.
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  2. 370zpp

    I grew up in this part of the country, where the winter and spring road conditions are unforgiving. This goat appears to have been properly stored during those times. Nice.

    Like 3
  3. James Martin

    For sime reason I thought gto 1964 were all 4 speed cars. Didn’t know you could get an automatic in one for the first year.

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  4. Joe Haska

    Have a friend searching for a nice GTO, I will forward this posting to him. I think it would be worth a look. It’s not perfect but the price might make it a good buy.

    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Joe, did you friend buy it?

  5. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $23,800.

    • Nick P

      Car didn’t meet reserve but wasn’t too far off. Contact me if interested. It’s my car. Very nice write up. Thank you for featuring it. Five one eight three seven eight zero four four one

  6. antonio

    how do i get a hold of the seller looking for a gto 64-67 convertibe or hardtop 4 speed

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