The Real Deal: 1970 Pontiac GTO

This is a real deal barn find, not to mention a real deal muscle car with a giant V8 and even a 4-speed! This 1970 Pontiac GTO is listed on eBay with bids reaching over $10,000. There’s still over a day left to get your shipper lined up to take it from Rochester, New York to your garage. This is a no-reserve auction so it’s going to the highest bidder.

This car was involved in an accident in 1982 when it was just a mere dozen years old. It was put into a barn and hasn’t been on the road since then; 35 years ago! You can see that it’ll take some bodywork, but a car like this is worth it. Hagerty lists a #4 fair car as being worth $23,900 and that doesn’t include a slightly smashed-up car, so you’ll have to figure out what it’s worth in its current condition.

I wonder what it ran into? Or, what ran into it? It would be fun to know if it was another valuable car or something like a Plymouth Reliant sedan.. If a person can track down the parts to restore this car it would be a winner, there’s no question about it. Maybe even monetarily a winner as Hagerty lists a #2 excellent car at $55,700. The underside looks pretty solid in this photo, but not so solid in another photo.

The seller has the mileage listed as 52,000 (the odometer shows 52,999.9?) which should be right given the fact that it was driven for just over a decade. I can’t imagine that it would have 152,000 on it, would it? The seats look good as do the pedals and other wear indicators seem to show a fairly low-mileage example here. The entire interior will get stripped out and restored down to the floor pans. New door panels may in in order due to those dang speaker holes in them. The trunk looks pretty good with some surface rust to deal with. And, it has the original Muncie 4-speed; nice.

The seller says that they think there is a replacement block on the 455 V8, “We think the block is a service replacement it has the WA code but has a 71 date code. The heads, intake exhaust manifolds, carb, distributor, are all correct and original. The engine looks to have never been out but we can’t explain the date code.” Anyone? The 455 should have had around 360 hp, more than enough to rotate those rear tires a few times on this 3,600-pound GTO. I hope that this car gets restored back to original-spec as much as possible. What is this GTO worth in its current post-accident condition and how would you restore it?

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  1. 68 custom

    A true muscle car with a big engine and four speed but little else! would have to inspect closely to determine value but I am thinking 15k if the frame is not damaged and the rust is minimal.

  2. Gunner

    Another green goat… inside and out. Not going to work for me. I am going to save my money for another time. Even if it is a 4-Speed. Pass…….

  3. Elrod

    The world is running out of 70 GTO 4 speeds to restore. You just are not going to find solid examples popping up. If you take this deal, its a eyes wide open 35k minimum addition to the purchase price. Restoring 70 muscle cars is not for faint of heart. This car would be awesome restored. I hope it finds a home with some cash and determination.

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  4. GP Member

    To much green for me also. The same color inside and out on any car/truck is to much. Just me.

  5. jw454

    I owned A ’70 GTO very similar to this one. The same green with the black vinyl top but mine had black interior. Otherwise, they’re the same. Of course I had power steering and brakes but, the only other real option mine had was factory or dealer installed air shocks. “Delco Pleasure Lift” I believe they were called.
    It was four years old when I got it and I proceeded to destroy it. It was too nice a car for an 18 year old to appreciate properly. Sad sad sad….

  6. stillrunners lawrence Member

    With Elrod….getting hard to find… were it goes and sells for…

  7. RandyS

    I agree $35-50k to restore. But more like $10k to make driver quality, that’s where I would take it.

  8. JW

    I had a gold one back in the early 70’s. I’ve also had 1 65 and 2 67s that I prefer over the 70 model unless a Judge. I agree on checking out the front frame for damage as I’ve never seen one wrecked like this.

  9. Mark Williams

    Calm down guys even if the frame is tweaked it can be pulled back to like new. You just need to put it on a good frame rack.
    Now the rest is easy to repair if your a body man and not a first timer. All the parts are reasonable and there are some aftermarket companies making parts for the goat.
    Now would be a good time to have some fun no put it back better than stock.
    I worked at a body shop in the 70s and there were some people who didn’t know how to drive these cars and would over Rev the motors and gym would replace the short blocks under warranty even knowing that they were mistreated.
    So with all I see I thing that if you do it your self and either use aftermarket parts or some original parts off a sonar then I don’t seek more than 12000 to finish the car.

  10. Tyler

    That rock garage looks familiar, I think it has appeared on Barn Finds a couple other times. And I’m pretty sure with GTO’s.

    • Turbotimez

      Yes, this at least the third time I’ve seen it with a GTO

  11. PAR

    Are they sure this was parked in 82? Those speaker holes cut in the front door panels you mention contain speakers with a red cone. I may be wrong but I dont believe you could buy that sort of thing in 82 and why would someone install in a damaged parked up car when they were available?? Just saying.

  12. Stang1968

    I guess I’m the odd duck because I love green on green cars.
    This has a lot of potential if the frame isn’t too bad.

  13. erikj

    Green car with same int. If its a real gto take it. nice green ones present very nicely

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