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Tri-Power Project: 1965 Pontiac GTO

My favorite GTO? Why 1965 of course. The reason? Hard to say beyond its clean and balanced lines. However, when I was a teen, I knew a fellow who was a few years older than me and he had a beautiful, and fast, maroon ’65 GTO, and that’s probably what did it. Personally, I would prefer one that is completely together but a project, regardless, is worth a review. This 1965 Pontiac GTO is located in Fort Collins, Colorado and is available, here on eBay for $10,000, reserve not yet met. Thanks to Larry D for this tip!

We have covered Pontiac’s GOAT to death so I’ll dispense with the origins of the species, production stats, or meaningless E.T. measurements and just cut right to the chase. The seller advises, “The car is currently partially disassembled as shown in the 6th photo (lead image). Previous photos are prior to disassembly. Interior and windows removed in anticipation of bodywork“. There is sporadic rust and body damage as well as a passenger rear side frame repair that will be necessary. The seller adds, “The car should be complete (all trim, glass, hardware etc). The only parts that I am aware are missing are the hub caps, radiator, and radiator fan guard). Does not have the original CA tri-power air cleaner pans“.He also mentions that the rear axle is not the original to this car but he does have a date-correct “YH” 3.55 unit.

As for power, this GTO is in possession of a 360 gross HP, 389 CI “Tri-power” motor that “ran when disassembled but smoked like a chimney“. It sounds as if a complete rebuild will be in order. As noted above, it is mentioned that the air cleaner “pans” (the bases?) are not original but the rest is genuine and mostly all there. A four-speed manual transmission is among the menagerie of included parts.

The interior is completely gutted now but this image shows you how it looked before disassembly. There is a pile of new parts that goes with the sale and includes such items as carpets, seat covers, headliner, door panels, floor mats, package tray, and a glove box. Among the noted rust areas are the floor pans but the seller advises that it will be up to the next owner to decide what does or doesn’t need to be replaced.

Yes, I like ’65 Pontiac GTOs but not enough to get near this one. It’s hard to say what events occur in one’s life that force a change in direction. But when it involves a car that has been disassembled and then requires restoration and reassembly, that can be a daunting challenge with many unknowns. No, it’s not for me, but how about you?


  1. Rustytech Rustytech Member

    If there’s not a bunch of rust hiding in places not shown in the pictures, and all the parts are with it this doesn’t look like a bad deal so far.

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  2. RoughDiamond

    Lots of work still, but would probably be a fair deal if someone has the time, talents and dollars to see it through. A ’65 Tri-Power four-speed Goat with a limited slip rear axle and factory Rally Gauge Cluster ranks high on my list. “The Hollywood Knights” featured a beautiful ’65 GTO.

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    • Dusty Rider

      This punch has a whang to it…good though!

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  3. Barzini Jeff A Member

    Like you, Jim, this has become my favorite GTO year. I also love the color and options but wonder how much is involved in getting the frame repaired.

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  4. Sam Shive

    60 Feet of guard rail and two trees. My insurance company was no happy.

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  5. mjf

    sounds like the cam in this engine can’t handle the tri-power

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  6. George Mattar

    Seems like an honest seller. Although I favor the 69 and 70 models, I owned both, the 65 reminds of grade school when a blue one drove by the playground. This car is truly worth saving. Nothing like a 4 speed manual in a world of 10 speed stupid computer transmissions.

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  7. 8banger 8banger Member

    Kinda funny, I see palm trees in photo No. 2.

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  8. Howie Mueler

    $11, 010 reserve met. but lots of time left.

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  9. 19sixty5 Member

    It will be interesting to see what this goes for. If I didn’t have so many projects I’d be a bidder if I lived closer. Interesting car, fairly well optioned with the 4 speed, Tri-Power, Safe-T-Track, optional rear gear, rally gauge cluster, console, wood wheel, reverb, lighting packages, etc. The thing that stands out to me is this is a seat-belt delete car! It was around a $11 credit to delete them. My 65 convert is also a seat belt delete car.

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  10. Charlene Spino

    It will take a lot of money and time to do the right restoration….. I am suspicious of the original vin number…..,Why is this project so over priced….. Charr

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  11. trav66

    Still $11,010 with 5 days to go. I expect this price to climb to around $20k because it’s got the original, most desired drivetrain and lots of (expensive) parts. Basically a life-size model kit if one has the energy to tackle this and that’s not me (wish I was still young)! It would be well worth it when completed. ’65 and ’67 GTO’s are the best IMHO.

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  12. trav66

    Sold for $16,600.

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  13. Gary J Lehman

    ???? ?????? ?? ????????? ????? !

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