Rock-Solid Project: 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible

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Desirable classics can emerge from unexpected locations, as demonstrated by this 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible. The seller unearthed it at a Sheriff’s Auction two years ago and was astounded by what they found. They looked beyond the tired exterior to discover it is a rock-solid project candidate that should be a straightforward restoration. They revived the classic in time for a new owner to experience summer fun behind the wheel of an American icon.

Pontiac’s Second Generation GTO landed in showrooms for the 1968 model year, with the latest offering bearing little resemblance to its predecessor. The company followed a new styling path, giving the GTO a greater physical presence. This GTO Convertible rolled off the line in 1969, and much has changed since Day One. The Tag confirms the first owner ordered this classic in Mayfair Maize, but someone performed a color change to its current Matador Red. The paint looks tired and baked, suggesting a repeat performance is in this car’s near future. However, that process should be pretty straightforward because the panels are surprisingly straight, and the seller confirms this baby is as solid as the day it was born. There is no visible exterior rust, and the seller describes the underside as “beautiful.” That means that if that is an accurate representation, the grinder and welder can stay in the cupboard during this build. The Black soft-top is well past its best, although with replacements readily available and affordable, that will add little to the project cost. Some trim pieces and the Rally II wheels require TLC, but the glass looks acceptable for a driver-grade restoration.

The most significant question mark hanging over this GTO is its numbers-matching status. The seller doesn’t mention the originality of its drivetrain components, but the specifications should offer enough power to satisfy most enthusiasts. The first owner teamed the 400ci V8 with a three-speed Turbo Hydramatic transmission and power assistance for the steering and front disc brakes. The motor would have generated 350hp and 455 ft/lbs of torque in its prime, allowing the Convertible to cover the ¼-mile in 14.7 seconds. That represents a pretty rapid wind-in-the-hair motoring experience. The seller indicates the car wasn’t running when they purchased it at the auction, but they revived its V8 and fitted new tires. It is unclear whether it is roadworthy, but getting it there shouldn’t be challenging for buyers seeking instant gratification.

The surprise packet with this GTO is its interior. The supplied images aren’t high-quality but reveal upholstery and trim that might present nicely following an intensive clean. There are no visible rips or tears, while the dash, pad, and console look extremely good. I can’t spot any aftermarket additions, but the original owner’s decision to add air conditioning will be welcomed by the buyer if they hit the road on a hot day when the wind is too strong for comfortable top-down motoring.

This 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible ticks many of the more desirable boxes for enthusiasts seeking a classic project candidate. Its lack of rust means the new owner won’t face hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours of cutting and welding as their starting point. The seller listed the GTO here on eBay in Buckhead, Georgia, with a BIN figure of $35,000. That figure might be slightly optimistic, although, with a high-end restoration yielding a potential value north of $65,000, that leaves room to move before the financial viability is questionable. Are those thoughts enough to tempt you?

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  1. 🐐 🐐 🐐

    Thus one has been listed on EBay before.

    Purchased from Sherifs auction etc
    Checked has title ..

    “ Purchased from local Sheriffs auction 2 years ago. Easy restoration project, Beautiful Car.
    Weeding out my collection. I’m going to spend more time on my Yacht fishing in the Atlantic. Beer in one hand deep sea rod in another. Turning the page. Just turned 64 have had my fun and have been blessed over the years with iconic American Muscle. Ready to watch the sunset on the back of my sea going vessel.

    Please don’t ask what else I have to sell. I’m going pace myself and do this one at a time. Thanks. :-) “

    Good luck with sale!

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    • Steve R

      He’s already “sold” it three times since April 1st, nobody’s bothered to pay. Maybe they were wasting his time and had no intention to pay, maybe he’s wasting their time and there are more issues with the car than disclosed. Based on the number of cars he’s listed, he might also be a dealer.

      Steve R

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      • stillrunners stillrunnersMember

        Yep…..really not seeing any underside pics…..

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  2. Jon Calderon

    A lot better looking stylistically than the Jag.

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  3. Kenneth Carney

    Yeah and you can still get parts for this one here in Florida. Try doin’ that
    with a Jaguar!

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  4. Little_Cars Little_Cars

    Guy’s just turned 64 and retiring to his boat and beer? I should be so lucky. I’m 62 and don’t feel like slowing down. But I haven’t been blessed with every car on my bucket list lo these many years!

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  5. Frog

    Compared to some of the other rusted out vehicles other hopeless optimist have listed for sale this appears to be a worthwhile endeavor. I can relate to the sellers conquest.

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  6. Rodney L Lustila

    Everyone is a dealer now.

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  7. 370zpp 370zppMember

    And tonight, the chef’s special is Baked Goat. .

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  8. Marshall

    Rust bucket

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  9. ArkieMember

    I submitted this find several months back when it was listed on Craigslist. No one at Barn Finds picked up on it and since then I haven’t seen the link to submit any other finds. I guess I ticked somebody off.

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