by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
There's no bigger GTO image collection anywhere!
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CLICK-> This car has low profile tires. Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop, left front view.
CLICK-> Marc added air ride to his Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop. Marc is from London England.
CLICK-> A closer shot of Marc's lowered Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop.
CLICK-> Not much left of this 1969 GTO hardtop. It's owned by John Scott. His son Carl tells us, "This is a Ram Air 3, 4-speed car with a 4.33 rear end. It was bought back in 1981 from a junk yard in Burlington Iowa for $50. He took the rear end out of it a few years back to put the gears in his 69 Firebird. The engine was removed last summer."
CLICK-> This is another GTO parts car that John Scott owns. This was green with a black interior. His son Carl explains, "These cars used to have engines and dashes but they were sold. One of these had a 1" wide black plastic piece 6" long that said GTO on it. It was where one of the air vents would be. We don't know anything about these. We have seen others, but no one knows why they were used. If anybody knows, let me know. I am currently dismantling these GTOs to make a GTO Demolition Derby Car."
CLICK-> Green 1969 GTO hardtop parts car. There are four GTO parts cars in a row here.
CLICK-> Ouch. Four cars, none running. There's one between the last two that is real hard to see. These are GTO parts cars, seen from the rear. The trunk lids are all missing. Do you suppose the trunk floors in these cars are still any good?
CLICK-> Black 1969 LeMans hardtop owned by Dan Garcia. He's 18. This picture was taken the day before he left for Brigham Young University. The car has the original 350 and 3-speed on the floor. The front end is completely rebuilt with polyurethane bushings, ball joints, sway bar end links, center link, etc. For now the car is stored in the airplane hangar behind on blocks.
CLICK-> Henry L Bendixen Jr from Watertown, New York found this car in a junk yard. It's still got the original 400ci engine. It's lined up to get a new paint job. He indicated that his was a 1968 GTO. The VIN and absence of door vent windows makes it a 1969 model. It does have the 1968 emblem on the fender behind the front wheel.
CLICK-> Henry painted his GTO Bardore Red. He's not driving it yet because he needs a back bumper and the front marking lights. Can anyone help?
CLICK-> Front end shot of Henry's GTO.
CLICK-> Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop owned by David Dietrich from San Antonio, Texas. This one has fixed headlights and does not seem to have headrests. David shares this story, "I got this project back in 1999. The previous owner swore up and down it was a Judge ... but things didn't add up. It had weak trunk lid springs, 4-wheel drum brakes, no actual Ram Air setup, etc. After running the numbers, I found out that it was produced as a plain GTO. The original paint color was Verdoro Green. So, after talking to the previous owner, I got him to knock about $2500 off his asking price. Sweet deal! Well, the guy's brother was my boss, who went with me up to Dallas get the car. My boss was going to drive to Waco, and we'd switch vehicles (we'd taken my 1995 Toyota 4x4 with A/C!). Well, we pulled onto the road, and my boss decided to have a little fun with her. He leaned into the throttle, and I watched as the rear tire started to bounce. Then ... BANG! Clank, clank, clank. He blew out the rear end ... fragged the spider gears. We had to put her on a trailer and tow her back to San Antonio with my Toyota! I found a rear end out of a 1968 Lemans, and she was back on the road. I've repaired some of her wiring 'issues.' She's a work-in-progress. Money doesn't grow on trees, after all, though I wish it did!"
CLICK-> Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop, right rear view. David was smart to research the VIN number on a GTO before paying the higher price for what appeared to be a Judge.
CLICK-> Carousel Red 1969 GTO hardtop, left rear view.
CLICK-> Pete Stack sends in this picture of a 69 Pontiac. Pete thinks it's a LeMans. Pete adds, "A horseback riding company told me they had a 68 or 69 GTO or Lemans that I could have for parts, Anyone need a trailer hitch!"
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