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Project Pontiac: 1967 Pontiac GTO

I know that we have plenty of Barn Finds readers who aren’t keen on the ideas of taking on a partially complete restoration, but this Pontiac GTO doesn’t look like it will be a bad one. The majority of the rust issues have been addressed, and there are a number of new parts included in the sale. Located in Covington, Georgia, you will find the GTO listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set the opening bid at $4,750, but there has been no action at this stage. There is also a BIN option, and this has been set at $12,000.

The owner has been a busy chap. So far, the trunk pan has been replaced, as have some of the floors. The remainder of the original floors appear to be solid, so these haven’t been touched. The tail-light panel is new, as is the top of the dash at the windshield, the rear filler panel, and the right-hand inner wheel-house. Both lower quarter panels have also been repaired. That leaves very little work to do on the rust front, and the advantage of the car being in its current state means that you can have a good look at the quality of the workmanship.

There are also a couple of new panels and pieces that are yet to be fitted to the GTO. These include this pair of new fenders, plus a new radiator support panel. In addition, the frame has also been cleaned and painted. The owner had no intention of undertaking a restoration. He only bought the GTO because the former owner was getting ready to part the car out, and he didn’t want to see this happen.

Hiding in this pile of pieces is the original 400ci V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission. The engine is currently disassembled, but is complete, except for the pistons. The rear end isn’t original, but it is a 12-bolt Posi that was sourced from a Chevelle. The suspension has been completely rebuilt and has been fitted with Hotchkis springs and sway bars. The owner makes it clear that the new owner had better be prepared when they buy the GTO. They will need a trailer for the car, and at least one truck and another trailer to shift the fair old mountain of parts that are part of the deal.

Those of you who know your way around a GTO will know that you simply won’t find a decent car for $30,000, while the sky is the limit on values. When it’s restored, the GTO will be a pretty tough car, but would you be willing to take it on?


  1. Pete

    Some people just don’t get it

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  2. Benjy58

    Nope, I have bought a pile of parts before and you don’t realize that the small expensive pieces are missing.

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  3. James Martin

    I dont get it. A flipper that found it cheap and selling it high. In pieces and no title. No wounder there is no bids

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  4. moosie moosie

    The title thing is not a nationwide thing, a few states do not require or have titles issued for ALL cars, some states still operate with registrations only for older vehicles, transferring an old car from a non title state to a state requiring titles for ALL YEARS of cars is more often then not a relatively easy transaction. Of course at time of registering a non title car its vin # will be researched and if it pops the law will pay you a quick visit. So if you want to buy an older car from a non title state just get the vin# and ask the authorities to check its history out .

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    • Eric_13cars Eric_10cars Member

      In North Carolina, the process of titling a car without a title is particularly onerous. It has to be operable, have a state inspector inspect it, pass an emissions test (although that may be an old requirement since some counties have done away with emissions tests completely), have it appraised for value, and then get a insurance company licensed in NC to provide a surety bond for 150% of the appraised value, which the state will hold for 3 years. Of course, it also has to be VIN evaluated to ensure it’s not stolen as well. As such, I don’t even consider any untitled vehicle unless it’s strictly for parts.

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  5. TimM

    There’s nothing impressive to me in buying a GTO in a box!!! I bought a mustang in a box once and I’ve had 10 of them all between 65-68 and I’ll never do it again!!! It will nickel and dime you to death!!!

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  6. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    This car reminds me so much of one which sat in a single car garage on a property behind where I was renting. The car’s owner pulled the engine and stripped the front end completely. I winced when I noted that all of the hardware went into a 3-lb. coffee can. The car sat in that condition for several years.

    When the roof of the building became weak and leaky, the home’s owner disassembled the structure block by block, leaving his friend’s GTO sitting on the slab for all who passed by to see, until it and presumably all of the parts were towed to another location/barn.

    I’ve often wondered whether that car ever was made whole again, or whether it still languishes somewhere in the stripped-down state, or maybe it became a parts bin. This was 30 years ago, in NW Ohio.

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    • Superdessucke

      Stay tuned. With the economy roaring and muscle car values what they are, you may see it on here sooner rather than later! Still in the rusty coffee can, and with a price tag aimed at the oblivious.

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    • Mike

      Was the “owner” of that NW Ohio GTO named Steve Tucker? If so, that was a stolen car. A friend of mine bought it from him as a “basket case” in 1989 here in Fremont, Ohio. When he tried to transfer the title, it came back as stolen. My friend is still looking for him!

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      • DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

        No, that name doesn’t sound right.
        The car was in the Toledo area when I saw it, last time being about 1986 or 1987. IIRC, the car (what there was of it) was blue.

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  7. Ike Onick

    Looks like 1/2 a GTO from where I’m sitting.

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  8. George

    crank is laying down, better have it checked…LOL

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