Mike C. used to own this black 1968 LeMans hardtop. He purchased it for $2,500 and later sold it for $4,800 in 2004 or so. See that yellow 1972 GTO in the background? Click here to see more pictures of it with the help of the Advanced Picture Searcher loaded with year=1972, model=GTO, and owner=Mike C. There's some other old cars in the background too. CLICK->
Black 1968 LeMans hardtop, right front view. CLICK->
black 1968 LeMans hardtop, right rear view. CLICK->
Mike put on this new black vinyl top when he owned the car. CLICK->
This is what the car looked like in 2003. This is the trunk area with the typical stuff in there. In my car, I carry so much stuff in the trunk it's unbelievable. I don't remember the last time I could even see my trunk mat. CLICK->
Rich Bialek sends us pictures of his Uncle, Leo's, 1968 GTO hardtop back in the day! Wow. Rich says that this picture was taken in the early 70's. I wonder what that style of jacket is called. I don't think that style is still worn. Or maybe I did see one on "That 70's Show" on TV. CLICK->
Another vintage picture of Leo Bialek (along with someone's finger) leaning against his Verdoro Green 1968 GTO hardtop taken in the early 70's. CLICK->
This is a vintage shot of Rich Bialek's Uncle Joe's 1968 LeMans hardtop. The picture was taken in the 70's. Rich comments, "The car no longer exists due to being in an accident. It eventually had to be junked soon after. Yes, that's a 1974 Dodge Dart behind it." CLICK->
Joe Tonietto is rebuilding this 1968 GTO hardtop. Joe tells us more, "This might be the DUMBEST project I've ever undertaken, but here
goes... The engine and trans in my 69 Firebird convertible came from a 68 GTO. I decided it was time to put the drivetrain back where it belongs. I found this car on eBay. I won the auction (no other bidders – scary!) and towed it home to Michigan. It will be Nordic Blue with a white vinyl top and parchment interior." CLICK->
Here she is on the trailer and off to have the body removed. This car is coming back from the dead. It will not quietly rust away. Other factory options included: Muncie wide-ratio 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, AM radio w/manual antenna, remote driver’s mirror, console, visor vanity mirrors, tinted windshield, 3.55 Posi, Rally IIs with red stripe tires and the heavy-duty air cleaner. CLICK->
Joe moved the car to A&B Collision in Windsor, Ontario where Adrian, Bruno and Andy did all of the heavy lifting. Here, the body is separated from the frame. CLICK->
Joe tore into the interior of his 1968 GTO also. Joe comments, "When I disassembled it, I found that the car apparently had a Pontiac dealer-installed 8 track; the original GM-Delco rear seat speaker and Packard Electric harness were still in the car." CLICK->
Here is a shot of the holey driver's side floor pan. Eww! I wonder why he was the only bidder on eBay for this car? CLICK->
The trunk was gone. Joe adds, "We found additional rust damage in the rear wheelhouse areas, the channel at the base of the windshield, all around the rear window opening and at the bottom of the door hinge pillars. All the rusted areas were removed and replaced with patch panels or fabricated panels." CLICK->
New trunk pan is installed PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Stephan (Htrodlemans70.@aol.com) - "Your web page inspired me purchase my 70 LeMans. At 41 dragstrip it ran a 12.53 at 108 mph on street tires! Thanks again. I love that car."