by Sean Mattingly.
1971 GTO Parking Lot
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Darren Schmitt owns this LeMans convertible. This was our Picture Of The Week for 7/06/08. Darren tells us, "I bought this car from a starving student in 1988. A rough life the car has had - hit in the rear quarter, T'ed in the passenger door, and head on into the highway median wall. My wife hates the car and my daughter only likes it with the top down, but my buddies love it on car pool days! The original color is Castillian Bronze, which is not a favorite of mine. A quick Orbit Orange paint job is next and maybe a top. The car is nicknamed 'Hillbilly HOT Rod'. It is a LeMans Sport, but after explaining to all that say, 'nice GTO', I decided to throw on the GTO emblems and be done with it. The 350 is out and a warm 400 is in with the TH350 and 2.56 axle."|
CLICK-> 1971 LeMans convertible, right front view. The car was hit in the passenger door.
CLICK-> 1971 LeMans convertible, right rear view. It says, "Hillbilly Hot Rod" on the trunk lid. Check out the next picture to see it better.
CLICK-> Close-up of the trunk lid.
CLICK-> 1971 LeMans convertible, right front down-low view. While mud flaps may not look that great to some people, they do save the body and rear bumper from rust.
CLICK-> Darren installed this 400ci engine. It has a tiger striped air cleaner.
CLICK-> Another shot of the engine.
CLICK-> This 1971 GTO is owned by F. Rock from Sicklerville New, Jersey. It was our Picture Of The Week for 8-3-08. He has owned it for 14 years. When he purchased it, it had 26000 miles. Now it has 86000 miles.
CLICK-> Here's one with the engine installed. Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, right front view. It has unique hood scoop grating. The main grille frames have been blackened.
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, right side view. The Rally II wheels have been painted silver and black.
CLICK-> Blue 1971 GTO hardtop, left front view.
CLICK-> Dan Murzyn owns this 1971 GTO hardtop. It is painted Metallic Garnet/Ruby. This was our Picture Of The Week for 3-22-09. Dan tells us more, "I purchased this car in 1978 for $750. It has been a lifetime project to get it to where you see it today. I was 18 and had lots of ambition and enough money to get things going. I did the engine and transmission. I bought everything off the shelf that my local Pontiac dealer had left in stock at that time. The car was originally Tropical Lime and a vinyl top, but I couldn't stand either - so off they went. I got married soon after, and for many years the car sat under blankets. I would always make lists and try to do something weekly, even if it was just the ashtray! I painted it in 1990, and it sat again for many years, as child #3 was born then. By 2001 as my oldest son by then was 16, he asked for his birthday 'to see what that GTO can really do.' So I got busy, finished the brakes and fuel lines, and installed the interior. A few days of breaking everything back in, since it hadn't really moved in almost 25 years. I got it running pretty good. My kids thought it was like a couch - something that NEVER moved. I told my boy to grab the video camera, and a few two liter pop bottles of water, and not tell your Mom - let's go! We went out to a good area in the Forest preserve. I had him get out and squirt the water under the rear wheels, then grab the camera. I did the burn out to end all burnouts, figuring if the tires blew, it was time for new ones anyway! Well, it was loud, it was smoke filled and cool! I put it in reverse, did a 'Starskey an Hutch' turn around, and yelled to him 'WELL?!' He said 'Dad, thats the coolest thing I have EVER seen you do!' I asked him if he got it all on camera, and he hung his head, nearly cried and said 'I forgot to hit record.' I laughed, and said, 'Well, Happy Birthday son, it was really only for you anyway!' I have taken it to a few car shows, and cruise nights and enjoy the comments I have gotten about it. It actually looks like I had envisioned it would, so many years ago when I was a kid. Every time I drive it now, I feel 18 again - better than any medicine!"
CLICK-> Another shot of Dan's Metallic Garnet/Ruby 1971 GTO - down low.
CLICK-> Metallic Garnet/Ruby 1971 GTO, front end view.
CLICK-> Metallic Garnet/Ruby 1971 GTO, left rear view.
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