by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
There's no bigger GTO image collection anywhere!
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CLICK-> The dark Black Rose goes on.
CLICK-> Greg's Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop fresh out of paint. Rear bumper is on. I bet he drove it back from the paint shop.
CLICK-> Fresh Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop, front end view. All that is left is a bit more assembly.
CLICK-> White 1969 Custom S hardtop. The Custom S was only made in 1969. The hardtops and sport coupes used 1968 doors. You could also get the Custom S in the convertible and 4-door body styles. This car is missing the Custom S emblem on the front fender.
CLICK-> Another shot of the whie 1969 Custom S hardtop. We spotted this car on the way back from a Michigan NASCAR race in 1997. It was parked beside the road with a For Sale sign in it.
CLICK-> Notice how the chrome nose on this car drops down in the center. Looked like Bondo was applied liberally to this car.
CLICK-> Red 1969 GTO hardtop owned by Markku from Sweden.
CLICK-> Another shot of this Swedish Red 1969 GTO hardtop. It's got big-big wheels. The exhaust pipes go straight out the back.
CLICK-> Forest Green 1969 LeMans sport coupe owned by Luke Byers from Lawton, Iowa.
CLICK-> Luke's Forest Green 1969 LeMans sport coupe has a green interior and a black vinyl top.
CLICK-> Shiny Forest Green 1969 LeMans sport coupe, right front view.
CLICK-> A 1969 LeMans is often confused as a 1968 model. The 1969 LeMans uses the 1968-style rear fender "arrowhead" side marker lights. The sport coupe version (one with the pillar between the front and rear windows) uses the 1968-style triangle vent windows on the doors. The tip off that this is a 1969 model, is the rear bumper and tail lights. That tail light layout was unique to the 1969 model year.
CLICK-> 1969 GTO project car owned by Shane & Tom Wells from Olney, Illinois. Here they they are picking it up from the previous owner. You can see the trailer ramps in front of the car. Shane fills us in, "I just took posession of this 69 GTO hardtop. My Dad, Tom Wells, and I are getting ready to dive into a complete frame-off resto on this bad boy. My Dad had a 69 Judge when he was younger, so it's always been a dream of ours to get a 69 and restore it. It's in rough shape, but we're ready to save it. It has a numbers matching 400 Ram Air III, Muncie 4-speed, and a 10 bolt rear end. The big things we're missing are the hood and front bumper assembly."
CLICK-> The car made it onto the trailer. Another shot of Shane & Tom's project 1969 GTO. It's ready to take home.
CLICK-> This is not a technically perfect photo, but it does represent a significant moment in time. This is a turning point for a car that was destined to rust away. Now it will be hauled away to be saved and enjoyed. And down the road we go... Hopefully we'll get more pictures of it when they finish the restoration.
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