by Sean Mattingly.
1970 GTO Parking Lot
Biggest GTO image collection anywhere!
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CLICK-> Orbit Orange 1970 Judge hardtop owned by Michael and Cindy Harding, right side view.
CLICK-> Vintage picture of a white 1970 GTO hardtop owned by Steven Pike when he was in High School. This was our Picture Of The Week for 1/6/02. Here's a story that Steven included about his GTO: "What happened to the white GTO is kind of a long story but I will try to make it short.
I had the car for 12 years of which I raced it on the street and strip for about the first 10 years and entered it in several World of Wheels car shows and won 1st or 2nd every time.
I decided to turn it into a full blown show car so we took the car down to the frame and totally customized it. Chromed almost everything we could, replaced every nut and bolt on the car. It was a three year project. I finished the car the 4th year and the last thing I had to do was to install the new rocker moldings. After doing so I decided to drive the car about 4 blocks to my fathers house and keep it in his garage as he had plenty of room and I had a small garage at the time and felt it would be safer at my fathers.
When I arrived at my parents house they were not home and I had forgotten my keys so I turned around and drove back to my house to get the keys. I was a block from my house and there was a loud bang the car was lifted into the air and set back down. The drive shaft came out of the trans. and dug into the asphalt lifting the car and destroying the underneath. The rear end was locked up and the car would not move so my buddy and I walked the next block to get my truck and some tools and when we returned the car was gone. Did I mention it was on a hill when we left it!
You guessed it, My beautiful GTO had rolled down the hill crossed someone's front yard and slammed into a tree which pushed the rear bumper almost to the back windshield. So ended my show car and my GTO days. I had always missed my GTO and vowed that I would have another one someday and just purchased a 1970 Judge in August of this year. ITS GREAT TO BE BACK!"
CLICK-> Same four picture image of Steven Pike's customized white 1970 GTO hartop.
CLICK-> Customized white 1970 GTO hartop, right front view.
CLICK-> Customized white 1970 GTO hartop, engine view. Notice the upholstered radiator support and underside of the hood.
CLICK-> Customized white 1970 GTO hartop, interior view. Everything is upholstered in orange fabric - even the dash and door panels.
CLICK-> Customized white 1970 GTO hartop, on display at a car show.
CLICK-> Do you want to hear another good story from Steven Pike (pictured here)? "I told you the story of how the GTO was lost. Well, as I told you, I just purchased a fully restored 1970 Orbit Orange GTO Judge and was very happy to have a GTO again. I joined the local Pontiac club and while talking to the President of the club he began to describe my old GTO to me. I figured he had seen it at one of the World of Wheels car shows back in the 70's until he informed me that the GTO was just across the bridge from our town about 15 minute drive from us AND IT WAS FOR SALE. Well I had just purchased my Orbit Orange GTO Judge so my wife was not happy when I seemed interestd in going over to look at it, so I called a good friend of mine Keith Ramberger who was with me the day we lost the car. He purchased it and we are now restoring it. Keith and I had not seen the car for 25 years and he always wanted the car. Well now he has it. It is in my garage as we are sanding it down getting ready for new paint. We have installed a new black interior. The GTO still had the 428 engine but was in need of work so it is being rebuilt as well."
CLICK-> Here's a shot of Keith Ramberger with the long lost GTO.
CLICK-> Rear end view of the 1970 GTO. There's all new metal back here. Remember, the last time Keith and Steve saw this car the rear bumper was pushed up to the rear window.
CLICK-> Opening the trunk you can see a lot of gold paint showing through. Someone must have used parts off a gold car to fix this one.
CLICK-> The custom orange interior is still there, and in pretty good shape. They plan to install a black interior.
CLICK-> An unrestored Verdoro Green 1970 GTO hardtop with a black vinyl top owned by Chris Deasy from El Paso, Texas. This was our Picture Of The Week for 2/10/02. It spent the last 31 years in Maryland before moving to Texas. it was made in the Baltimore plant.
CLICK-> Blue 1970 LeMans hardtop drawing by Dave Jeffries. This is a rendering of his own LeMans which we also feature in this lot. This was our Picture Of The Week for 3/24/02. We've got his drawings for each of the 11 GTO years!
CLICK-> Different views of a rusted white 1970 Judge hardtop from Todd Crocker . This was our Picture Of The Week for 4/21/02. Here's what Todd had to say, "I thought you might like these pictures of a real 1970 GTO Judge I found near Toronto (CANADA). The car is all original and 400 RA III 400 auto, hood tach, 3:55 posi, tilt, formula wheel, and power windows. The Ram Air pans are still on the engine and all #'s match. The owner said the car was put there in 1980 because the driver side Ram Air exhaust manifold cracked and he could not fix it (it is still on the car)."
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