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Rough but Restorable: 1970 Pontiac GTO

We have covered a lot of GTOs on Barn Finds but the 1970 GTOs that we have seen over the last 2 years all seem to be in rough condition. This 1970 Pontiac GTO is located in Tustin, California. It is listed here on eBay and claimed to be a real 242 GTO. The auction has 2 days remaining and the car is currently bid to $6,600 after 49 bids. The car has been off the road for over 20 years and is obviously not in running condition.

The seller states that the car is equipped with a YS 400 cubic inch V8 engine which, I believe, was the the base engine in 1970. This version of the venerable 400 cubic inch V8 engine generated 335 horsepower. This was also the first year that the optional 455 cubic inch V8 engine in the GTO. The other engine options for 1970 were the Ram Air III 400 cubic inch V8 and the Ram Air IV 400 cubic inch V8. Of note, the 455 HO cubic inch V8 engine was a D-Port engine and different from the later 1971-72 HO 455 engines.

The interior is the most complete part of this car . It is red and appears to be all there, just worn and dirty. The dash is cracked and the interior will need restoration but the California sun has not completely destroyed it. The car appears to be a low option GTO with manual windows and door locks. The car does have air conditioning and an automatic transmission.

The GTO appears to have originally been painted Cardinal red and rides on Pontiac Rally II wheels. The vinyl top was removed and the body is going to need sheet metal repair. The floors are said to be solid which is surprising since some of the glass is missing. This would be a good project for someone with sheet metal experience. The 1970 Pontiac GTO is one of the most beautiful years produced by Pontiac.


  1. Chuck Simons

    Parts are available. Frank’s Pontiac Parts In 29 palms california

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  2. George Mattar

    You’re gonna need plenty of parts and money for this dime a dozen GTO, with the base engine and boring automatic. At least it’s a great color combo. To think I paid $5,500 for a near perfect rust free 1 owner 70 GTO from California in 1986, well time marches on.

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