Sitting Since ’98: 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible

This 1968 GTO Convertible has been sitting unused since 1998. The owner has decided to part with it, and eagle-eyed Barn Finder Patrick S spotted it for us, so thank you, Patrick. You will find the car listed for sale here on eBay. It is located in Dayton, Ohio, and it comes with a clear title. The seller has set a BIN price of $23,900 for the GTO, but the option is available to make an offer.

The seller states that the car is solid and free of any rust. He also states that while the GTO sports its original color, it underwent a repaint in its original Harvest Gold in 1992. The paint and panels certainly look good, and the external trim has a nice shine to it. The mechanism and frame for the soft-top are present, but the fabric is missing, so a replacement will need to be sourced.

The majority of the original interior trim is present, and it generally looks unmolested and in good condition. The original door trims are gone, but the seller is including a new set of door trims with the car. This GTO also features power windows and air conditioning. This particular GTO is also a little bit unusual insofar as it is fitted with a bench seat and column auto, rather than the more common bucket seats and Hurst His n Hers shifter.

This GTO was optioned with the 400ci HO engine, which delivered 360hp. Sadly, that original engine is gone, but there is a replacement in its place which sports the original carburetor and inlet manifold. The engine currently isn’t running due to the car’s extended storage. The car was built in November 1967, and the seller is including an October ’67 YZ motor and 16 cylinder heads with the car. All are date stamped for one month before the car was built. The car is also fitted with an automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes.

I really like the look of this Pontiac, and I think that if it is solid, then it could be a really nice car. The fact that it isn’t numbers matching is going to impact the value for a collector. I have found an identically optioned numbers matching car for sale for $33,000, but I’m not sure that the condition is quite as good as this one. It’s a tough call, but it will be interesting to see what our Barn Finders think.

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  1. Patrick S Newport Pagnell Staff

    U got it. My favorite car site!

  2. Fred W

    As much as I like cars found in barns (or garages), I can’t help but wonder why so many people own nice cars but don’t drive them.

    • Patrick S Newport Pagnell Staff

      Yea,looks like a Stingray sitting in the second shot too.

      • Chastain in S.C.

        And a Camaro

      • J.C. Halstead

        I think that explains why this is in the way.

      • Mark

        Not the same garage as the first pic which is where the estate sale was and the car originated from.

    • Chris Chabra

      If common sense was so common everyone would have it Fred
      …that’s my guess

  3. dirtyharry

    An easy project GTO with a 20k price tag is sounding like some fun I could afford and never lose anything either. I think the numbers matching engine valuation issue is a bag of nonsense. These are not million dollar cars. When I go to car shows, no judge has ever asked if I had a numbers matching block. Get it running and go live, that is what counts.

  4. Rock On

    You can’t beat the “16 cylinder heads”. Wow, that’s a lot of spare heads!!!

    • MB

      I think he means 1968 gto 400 head casting #”16″ which would be correct for this car.

  5. Troy s

    This GTO was optioned for everyday type of driving, not for terrorizing the streets, even the color kinda tells me that. That was the brilliance of these as with so many options they could cater to a wider audience.
    Get it up and running and just enjoy the ride.

  6. Woody

    This is a really nice car,just needs a four speed! The hideaway lights should be an option everyone added to the GTO.would love to own this!

  7. BOP_GUY Member

    Definitely a great cruiser with creature comforts to boot, and at a reasonable price. This will make someone really happy! Personally, I like the 64-67 models better.

  8. Mark

    I’ve looked this car over in person. The owner bought it and spent money having the engine done. Bought new door panels (were in the backseat still in plastic the day I was there). Story goes he took a friend out for a drive and he heard a ticking noise that had developed….out of frustration after spending the money he drove it back home, backed it into the garage (without even putting the top back up mind you) and never drove it again.
    Car sat until he died (belive he was around 90) and the wife had the estate sale. When I looked at it it had not been cleaned and the interior had a lot of flakes scattered throughout…..looked up and it was were the paint had flaked off the ceiling. The car is straight, rust free and the paint is very nice. Here are some pics I took that day.

    • Mark

      Pic 2

      • Mark

        Pic 3

  9. Mark

    Need to add that according to the guy running the estate sale, the slight engine noise the owner heard, because of his frustration didn’t even take it to have it checked out. It’s a nice car. I can see it going for the asking price.

  10. Walter

    All in all, A great find!

  11. Pete

    Yeah I am diggin this car. If I only had 100 more bucks I would try to buy it. LOL

  12. Herbee

    Cool looking ride surprised it’s not getting bashed for being bucket seat column shift. The color is not extremely fascinating but I could live with it.

  13. Bob 68 Goat owner

    Authenticity of being a real GTO can only be certified with a VIN number verification—otherwise this may be a LeMans in it’s fancy clothes.

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