by Sean Mattingly.
1971 GTO Parking Lot
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CLICK-> Blue 1971 LeMans hardtop, right rear view.
CLICK-> This gold 1971 GT-37 has just been repainted. It has a 350ci 4-barrel engine, a 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning.
CLICK-> The chrome front bumper has also been painted gold.
CLICK-> It's all painted gold. The rear bumper along with the rubber rear bumper guards have been painted gold. This photo proves that the car runs.
CLICK-> A peek at the 350ci 4-barrel under the hood. The air conditioning compressor has been removed.
CLICK-> Paul Sanders just purchased this Lucerne Blue 1971 GT-37 hardtop. Paul tell us how, "We chased after this car for over two years. We tried buying this in April of 2004 the first time it showed up on eBay from Roanoke, VA. That owner wanted too much. He relisted it on eBay at Thanksgiving of 2006 but once again told me too high of a price after it didn't reach the reserve. He then proceeded to sell it to Frank Hicks of Richmond, VA. Frank already owns a perfectly restored 71 1/2 Lucerne Blue GT-37 and after deciding that this one needed more work than what he wanted to do, Frank then placed it on eBay where we won it... finally."
CLICK-> This Lucerne Blue 1971 GT-37 hardtop sat here for 24 years. Paul adds, "The car has mud/snow tires in the rear, a trailer hitch and rubber air bags in the rear springs. The 'A' pillars will need replaced but rear window metal is solid and consequently the trunk is solid. The floor pans are shot. We will check the engine to see if it is free but we are planning on rebuilding it anyway."
CLICK-> Paul continues, "The first stop on the return trip was to check the car and trailer at a rest stop in Virginia on I-64. Pictured left to right is my brother-in-law Mike, my son Ryne, and nephew Deaven. A special thanks to Mike for driving some of the 20 hour, 1400 mile trip."
Now Paul wraps up his story as in a Mastercard commercial, "1971 GT-37 price... $2,025. Gas... $321. Food... $40. Road Trip seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains up close and the memory and especially finding a cool car with our favorite Pontiac color... priceless!"
CLICK-> Once completed the car will go to Paul's son Ryne. Smile Ryan - that is some ride! Paul adds, "This makes two 71 1/2 GT-37s we now own. This one is now my son's first car. He'll be 15 on January 11th . PHS shows this one was made the 2nd week of April in Pontiac, Michigan which is one week before our black one. Options include: GT Option, 350 Turbo automatic transmission, power steering, custom carpet, 350 2bbl, push button radio, and power disc brakes. It was delivered to Bob Bell Pontiac in Salem, Virginia. I wonder if the dealership is still there?"
CLICK-> Judging from the plate, this GT-37 was last on the road in Virginia 1982.
CLICK-> This is Troy Balderson. He owns both the Castillian Bronze 1971 GTO hardtop on the left and the 1969 GTO convertible on the right. Troy adds, "It has an all stock 400 numbers matching mill, Turbo 400 trannie, and 3.23 rear. It had A/C originally, which is now in my basement. It's my daily driver and a lot of fun. The wheels on the car currently are from Vintage Vintique. I got them because of the close looks of original Rally IIs and a little more 'personality'. I really haven't planned very much for the car except driving because of my other goat (1969 convert bought from orig. owner) is need of serious attention; actually a complete overhaul. The car is fast enough to please the Saturday night crowd and nice enough for local shows."
CLICK-> Close-up view of Troy's Castillian Bronze 1971 GTO hardtop.
CLICK-> Castillian Bronze 1971 GTO hardtop, right front view. Those Wheel Vintiques wheels do look a lot like Rally II wheels. Those are sold by the company new in a chrome series and a silver powder coated finish with gray painted slots.
CLICK-> Castillian Bronze 1971 GTO hardtop, right side view.
CLICK-> Another shot of Troy's two GTOs.
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