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Storage Unit Find: 1966 Pontiac GTO

When Pontiac released the GTO in 1964, it instantly became one of the most sought after muscle cars. The GTO quickly gained a cult following and still has quite the following today. It isn’t often that we come across a barn (or in this case, storage unit) find GTO, so when we do, we tend to get excited about it. This goat has been in storage for 31 years and is in need of a new home, hopefully to someone that will get it back on the road. The seller has listed it here on eBay, with a current bid of $6,600.

We can only imagine how exciting it had to be to slide up the door and find this lurking inside. To get it out of the storage unit the seller had to install different wheels and tires due to dry rot, but the seller claims that the car is very original. We are always skeptical of these claims, but this one looks to be very original. The seller claims the car even still has pressure in the original A/C system.

The inside looks very clean for its age and has minimal wear, but the headliner is falling and needs to be replaced. It doesn’t look like this interior needs any work to be usable, other then the headliner. We love the looks of the red interior with the white paint and the factory bucket seats.

This Goat is powered by the 389 V8, which currently doesn’t run. The seller says this YS code engine is numbers matching. They don’t say whether it’s seized up or not, but hopefully its free. The GTO was offered with two engine options, this being the smaller of the two. The 389 was rated at 335 hp and 431 ft. lbs of torque, which was more then enough to burn the tires off. Our only complaint here is the fact that all that power is running through a two speed automatic instead of a manual, but we are sure it would still be fun.

This Goat cleaned up nicely, but there are a few problem areas that need further investigation. This car is a Florida car, so it has its fair share of rust. The floors and trunk are surprisingly rust free, but there is some ugly cancer around the windshield and in the driver’s side rear quarter panel. If the seller’s reserve isn’t set too high, this car could be a great starting point for a Goat restoration project.


  1. kevin

    me likes a lot

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  2. J. Pickett

    I should be so lucky

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  3. Dean

    I want it.

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    • 1st Gear

      Me too. ’66-’67 ‘s are my favorite “Tin Indians” Had a ’66 GTO,’ a ’66 La Mans and a special dealer ordered ’67 Tempest all at one time in the late ’70s. Time, life,and society dictated that I had to relinquish them.

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  4. Al Neri

    Nice find but I wonder how that rear quarter panel rotted from the top?

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  5. stp

    florida cars rust where rainwater drips and collects. no surprise the floors and trunk are fine while rot appears below the windshield and at the rear quarter molding.

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  6. James Wallhauser

    Love post coupes, and this could be a nice, regular driver. Don’t pay too much though.

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  7. Rick Rothermel

    I had the Olds 4-4-2 variant of this car, in Florida, in the early 70s, and the rust appeared at the pockets at the corners of the rear window and at the panel at the bottom of the windshield. This looks like a great car in need of a new owner who can afford to take a trip through the Original Parts Group catalog…

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  8. danny kinney

    trade ya for a 4×4 1989 full size v 10 silerado 1500 blazer from NC minimal damage to the interior a few cracks on the dash little bubbles arround the mirror 5.7v8 engine 700r4 tranny runs great very powerful 4 wheel drive.all electric everything works

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  9. eldo72000

    this is the real deal !!!!!!

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  10. peabody

    I thought they were available in four engine options:
    303 hp 4v
    335 hp 4 v
    348 hp tri carb
    360 hp tri carb
    But I’m old and probably wrong
    Nice piece though…

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  11. Mike P

    Nice. Had a ’67, they are also bad for rusting around the back glass. To bad about the Powerslide, a 4 speed is so much more fun in these cars.

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  12. Tom Member

    Cars along the coast rust in the top half of the car, pillars, roof lines and sail panels due to the salt air that gains access through the window channels where vehicles in the mid-west rust in the lower half due to winter road salt. White and light color vehicles rust more quickly because they are more reflective and reject the heat of the sun unlike a dark color vehicle that absorbs heat, warming up the surface much faster and hotter thus drying it out more quickly and thoroughly. Touch a black car and a white car on a 95 degree day and you will see the difference. Some Fun Facts about rust !

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