by Sean Mattingly.
1971 GTO Parking Lot
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Orbit Orange 1971 T-37 hardtop owned by Derek Osborn from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Derek had this to share, "SHAZAM! Here are pics of my first car, a 71 T-37. My parents bought it for me when I was thirteen. By the time I was sixteen, it was pretty much rebuilt from the ground-up. I drove it to school and work pretty much every day. I took it cruising with the buds on the weekends, and to local shows during the summers. I fell in love with the Orbit Orange paint/stripe combo after seeing 'DAZED AND CONFUSED' numerous times in junior high. I got a call from my Father after he opened the can of paint, telling me it looked like mustard. He wasn't joking! I couldn't be happier with the paint, though. I picked up the replica Judge spoiler and hood tach as Christmas gifts at 16. Cutting the hole in the hood was traumatic for a youngster, haha! My first year in college, I graced the pages of HPP (8-01, I think-need to check) with my T-37 in a young Pontiac owners article. By that time, I was using a newer car for everyday duties. The poncho was downgraded to a fun weather only ride. I haven't driven it as much as I should have, but I've been getting it out more lately."|
CLICK-> Black and white shot of Derek's Orbit Orange 1971 T-37 hardtop.
CLICK-> Orbit Orange 1971 T-37 hardtop against a color-less background. This is a real standout ride.
CLICK-> Looking up the left side of Derek's Orbit Orange 1971 T-37 hardtop.
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop owned by Ken and Teresa from San Ramon, California. Ken tells us more, "My wife had to have it when she saw it for sale about a year ago. She was sold on it when the seller started it up for her and took her for a ride she'll never forget. The car was just slapped together, hot rodded with oversized tires and rims when we bought it. It is 1 of 2,011 4-speeds made for this year. This is the real deal. When I got it home we added the side stripes, 15x8 Cragars with knock-offs, and a wing to go into the original holes to keep with the 70's theme. The motor is a numbers matching 400 pumped with all the goodies. This car gets up and moves. Soon under the hood is next to restore. The car is a beast. I always get a kick when at a stop light and someone is on a cell phone throwing me dirty looks. The car sounds so obnoxious it gathers a lot of attention wherever we go."
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, front end view. Ken adds, "The plate read 5150GTO, that means, crazy old goat."
I did a bit of research. "5150" is a call code used by US police. I've been told that it means "emergency or criminal insanity". According to the Fresno County California Human Services System, 5150 is a designated California Welfare and Institutions Code. This code allows a mental health worker or police officer to admit someone to a psychiatric facility for involuntary 72-hour treatment and evaluation. Hopefully they won't incarcerate people in this way for doing crazy burnouts!
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, left side view.
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, right rear view. Ken has a round blue sticker in the back window that reads, "You can't piss on what you can't catch, Pontiac"
CLICK-> 400ci under the hood!
CLICK-> Quezal Gold 1971 Judge hardtop owned by R/T from Ft Myers, Florida. It has the 455HO engine, M22 4-speed rock crusher manual transmission, 12-bolt Pontiac factory rear end, hood tach, heavy duty shocks, and of course the factory installed Judge package. Awesome! R/T tells us, "I bought it from Quebec Canada. It could very well be the last GTO Judge built with the production date 01D (last week of Jan 1971) production #049999?."
CLICK-> Another shot of this Quezal Gold 1971 Judge hardtop. Only 357 Judge hardtops were built in 1971.
CLICK-> Quezal Gold 1971 Judge hardtop, right rear view. This one wears the Honeycomb wheels.
CLICK-> Quezal Gold 1971 Judge hardtop, 455HO engine view.
CLICK-> Quezal Gold 1971 Judge hardtop, interior view. It has the optional Formula steering wheel. Power steering was required with this steering wheel. Pontiac found the smaller diameter wheel too hard for the average person to turn without power steering. This was especially true when trying to park.
CLICK-> Here is the data plate found under the hood on top of the firewall. Let's decode it! The 71 is for the 1971 model year. 2 is for Pontiac. 42 is for the GTO model. 37 is for the hardtop body style. PON is the Pontiac Michigan assembly plant. 0499999 is the sequential body number for the assembly plant. 269 is the black interior. 53 53 is the Quezal Gold top and bottom paint. 01D is the assembly date of January during the 4th week.
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