by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
There's no bigger GTO image collection anywhere!
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CLICK-> Here we see the GTO restored back to its original Cameo White color.
CLICK-> Here it is at a car show.
CLICK-> In this view of Jeff's (former) car, you can see the rear wing was swapped for the correct '69 version. Nice! In July 1999, Jeff tells us he sold the white '69 GTO to a guy by the name of Lynn Hurley from Sioux Falls, SD.
CLICK-> 1969 Midnight Green GTO from Dain Wilson. Dian says he purchased it from a friend of his family in 1996 for $1500 and drove it home (4 hours away).
CLICK-> 1969 Midnight Green GTO has a 400cid engine with a 4 speed manual transmission.
CLICK-> 1969 Midnight Green GTO, rear end view. Dain's been concentrating on the mechanicals up to this point. He says that he replaced the exhaust, starter (A few times until he finally got a high quality one), alternator, voltage regulator, shocks and coils. He had a very bad heat soak problem as well as battery drain.
CLICK-> A Royal Bobcat GTO. Customized and sold only at Royal Pontiac dealership in Michigan. This is THE original Bobcat which was showed and raced all over the country before the other Bobcats were made. Picture was taken at Domino Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan at the annual GTO Classic Weekend. The original brick Royal Pontiac dealership was sold to another owner and then torn down. Jim Wangers said that he visited the demolition site and got some bricks from the original building. The bricks were auctioned off in 1997 for charity.
Here's some information on the above car supplied by Bryan Wilemski. (His wife's brother owns it.) It's a 1969 RAM AIR V Royal Bobcat. The factory did not install the engine but Pontiac did order the car to be built for Pontiac with the help of Royal Pontiac. I do remember some of the history of the car. John Delorean and Jim Wangers ordered the car for a Pontiac Development Project. Pontiac picked it up from the factory W/ the RAM AIR IV engine. Usually the dealership would be the next in line to take delivery at the end of the assembly line. The paperwork read something to the effect of ordered for Engineering Development Demo with a cost of $2300. The car was selling for around $3400 new. Pontiac gave the car to Royal and had a full RAM AIR V motor delivered to Royal Pontiac. Royal Pontiac did the Bobcat RAM AIR V installation and was the first owner to title the car. They displayed, raced and showed the car to all the car magazines with Milt Schornack and Jim Wangers. Even though there was a little over 200 RAM AIR V engines produced most of them were sold in pieces or were purchased by the people with connections. John Delorean, Mickey Thompson, Race Teams, Executives of GM, etc. The 1969 Royal Bobcat which received the RAM AIR V engine from Pontiac was not an assembly line installed engine but was a Pontiac ordered RAM AIR V GTO. The documented history of the car and all the paperwork make it a great collector vehicle. Does anyone know of any other documented RAM AIR V GTO's from Royal Pontiac? There is some George Delorean did in his own shop after he purchased the Bobcat rights. Does anyone know the whereabouts of these?
Here's an email that Warren Hanbury sent to Bryan Wilemski about the Royal Bobcat car, above:
From: Warren Hanbury (email@example.com)
To: Bryan Wilemski (wilemski@RUST.NET)
Hi , seen the ram air 5 article of yours on Sean's site, very nice. We own the original set of RAIV headers that were custom made in 1969 for your wives brothers GTO for the May 1969 Superstock magazine test article along with a 69 ram air III Judge. They were put back in the original box like new, I guess when they dropped in the 5. I bought them in the mid seventies. We would like to find other five owners to possibly start an owners registry or just to trade parts or whatever.
CLICK-> An article on Pontiac's Tunnel Port 400 appeared in vintage issue of Hi-Performance Cars magazine. It featured the RAV engine in the 1969 Royal Bobcat GTO.
CLICK-> Page #1 (469K) of the Tunnel Port 400 article from Hi-Performance Cars which features the 1969 RAV Royal Bobcat GTO.
CLICK-> Page #2 (445K) of the Tunnel Port 400 article from Hi-Performance Cars which features the 1969 RAV Royal Bobcat GTO.
CLICK-> Page #3 (461K) of the Tunnel Port 400 article from Hi-Performance Cars which features the 1969 RAV Royal Bobcat GTO.
CLICK-> Large clear B&W magazine image of the 1969 Royal Bobcat RAV GTO hardtop. Notice the exhaust is disconnected for better engine performance.
CLICK-> Another large clear B&W magazine image of the 1969 Royal Bobcat RAV GTO hardtop. Smok'in!
CLICK-> A Royal Bobcat GTO on a trailer. Spotted at the Columbus GTO meet in 1987.
CLICK-> This is a magazine ad for Simoniz Auto Finish Sealer. You can see a Carousel Red '69 GTO, a Caddy, and a Bug in it.