Special Order! 1964 Pontiac GTO 389 Four-Speed

Owners of a 1961 Pontiac painted Bristol Blue would be foolish to change this gorgeous one-year only GM color. It must have impressed someone, because this 1964 Pontiac GTO in Mount Union, Iowa was special-ordered with the three-year old hue. Back when good customers bought a new car every three years, this ’64 may have been the dealer’s favor for a serial Pontiac purchaser. Even if the special paint doesn’t capture your attention, the (sadly missing) 10.75:1 compression 389 and four-speed might. Some 55 years later, this mid-sized muscle car seeks a new owner here on eBay where bidding has surpassed $6500 without meeting the seller’s Reserve. Thanks to reader Patrick S. for spotting this interesting “Goat.”

Some call the ’64 GTO (Gran Turismo Omolgato) “the first muscle car,” a class often defined by jamming a full-size car’s engine into a lighter mid-size. We’ll leave that debate for another day, but no matter how you slice it, the ’64 GTO with the 389 cid (6.4L) V8 and a four-speed manual transmission will get any enthusiast’s blood pumping.

The “SPEC” script on the firewall supports the possible 1 of 1 paint job. The body tag shows 94693, the Dupont code for Bristol Blue. The seller includes additional documentation as well. Finding a date-correct 389 to fill this hole would go a long way toward drawing a crowd when it comes to resale.

The engine-turned finish and other shiny trim made this one flashy instrument panel when new. With manual brakes, manual steering, and a manual transmission, this Pontiac had one purpose:  go fast. A “parts” transmission and bellhousing rest inside the badly-rusted trunk. Expect bidding to rise notably before this one sells. Who else as a story about special paint or other special order cars?


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  1. Billieg

    A bucket of junk. Would cost more to retro-mod it than it would be worth.

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  2. Pat

    A goat without its drive train, painted a unique color that has mostly faded off, with spec written in chalk on the firewall…..wtf are these bidders thinking?

    Like 6
  3. KSwheatfarmer

    Hope this goat gets restored back to original color, as to Todd’s question I bought a new Cougar in 1975,metallic jade green paint,was told by the salesman that it was a Lincoln color,he may have been right,don’t think I ever saw another like it,Ford did use the color on lots of vehicles later on.I kept that Merc spotless and shined to the max,had to look good for all the girls dragging main.

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  4. Will Fox

    Special-ordering a factory color not normally offered on a particular year/make of vehicle doesn’t make it worth any more than any other of the same car. OK; it’s a `64 Goat, but minus its powertrain so it can never be a numbers-matching car again. And it’s already been bid past the point of common sense IMHO. Let someone else sink up to their neck in this and search elsewhere.

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  5. Gary

    KSwheatfarmer, I had a triple white ’75 Cougar. Just like the one Farrah Fawcett drove in the commercials. I loved that car, wish I still had it. Sold it to a good friend. Her Husband demolished it in three months. I was so mad. I was 22 at the time.

  6. George Mattar

    I will take the 70 GTO in one of the photos.

  7. Del

    another shell

    probably 20 grand reserve


  8. KSwheatfarmer

    Hey Gary, mine also had white leather interior,by my senior year in high school there were quite a few Cougars in the parking lot,a popular ride for the time. Sold my to my youngest brother,it didn’t fare well either. Still have the remnants,proof that if you quit driving them they go down hill fast.

  9. JOHN Member

    65 seats…

  10. JimmyJ

    Wasn’t the 55 Chrysler 300 the first muscle car?

    • JOHN Member

      The term “muscle car” was first thrown around about the time the GTO came out, and referred to the big car engine in a smaller chassis, the GTO was the first generally recognized “muscle car” by most. But, there certainly were cars produced before the GTO that were powered by a muscular engine. There is no clear definition, but again, the term generally was used to describe 60’s-70’s high horsepower intermediates and compacts. Opinions will be all over the place, but again, generally the GTO is probably the car most referred to as the original muscle car.

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  11. TimM

    Not for me a rusty no drive train car that needs everything for to much money!!!

    Like 1

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