Stored 28 Years: 1965 Pontiac GTO

This 1965 Pontiac GTO has been in storage for 28 years and is in need of complete restoration. The seller notes that some of the original drivetrain components are included with the sale and that they retain the correct codes for the car. However, it does sound like rust repair will be needed, and that beyond what’s listed, you’re on your own for finding any of the parts not currently with the GTO. Fortunately, it looks like it has survived better than most cars put away for three decades. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $3K and no reserve.

1975 was a good sales year for the GTO, confirming its popularity with the American public and competitiveness with other muscle cars of the day. You could option these cars up pretty well, ranging from the obvious choice of a TriPower engine all the way to the nitty-gritty details, like metallic brakes. The seller doesn’t tell us much about how this GTO was configured when it left the factory, but the PHS paperwork is included and may shed some light on the gaps in the listing.

While the missing taillights in the picture above do little to inspire confidence about how many odds and ends you’ll find hidden in the interior, it’s good to at least see a random headlight bucket and what looks like a driveshaft in the cabin. Speaking of the interior, the dash looks complete and the bench seats aren’t nearly as tattered as I was expecting. It appears the driver’s door panel has gone missing, and the seller clearly states he does not have every part taken off of the GTO – so some parts sleuthing will be needed.

You can start with the drivetrain! Well, this is sort of a good news / bad news story, as the seller notes the GTO will come with the engine block and the transmission (in this case, a manual) that supposedly has the correct codes for this particular car. While just having the block and transmission still puts you a long way from completion, it’s a start, and better than many old muscle cars that have been completely stripped for parts. Bids seem low for a GTO project at the moment; is this potentially a good deal for a GTO builder?


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  1. Cparm

    There was a GTO in ’75?

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    • GP Member

      And it has two small bench seats. That should make it a 1 of 1 GTO.

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  2. Tom71mustangs

    Typo- he meant ‘65

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  3. JOHN Member

    You will need a parts car just to finish this one, it appears to be missing quite a bit.

  4. Troy s

    ’65 was a very good year for the goat seeing how the competition was still “in progress” outside of the 442.
    Caused quite a stir.

  5. dogwater

    does the 2x4s come with the car.

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  6. Jimmy

    Since it’s pretty much a parts car I would have no problem making a restomod out of it.

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  7. TimM

    It’s a car from Connecticut and being it’s in primer you can’t tell how much bondo is behind it!! The picture of the rear quarter panel on the passengers side looks like bondo to me!! The vin would tell if it’s a true tri power 4 speed car!! It sure would be nice to see the underside of this car!!!

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