by Sean Mattingly.
1972 GTO Parking Lot
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Cardinal Red 1972 GTO hardtop owned by Chris Small from Sandy, Utah. Chris purchased it on eBay mid 2004. Chris told us this when he purchased it, "Very original - original 400, 4bbl w/ a 400 turbo trans. It came with a bench seat and the auto shifter on the column - must be a rare combo. This is all listed on the PHS order sheet. The sheet matches the car to a T except for the rear wing. It has factory A/C, power brakes, and power steering. The engine runs very strong with very high compression in all cylinders. I love blowing rice burners away." Since then, Chris has been working on updating all the mechanics including the engine, larger rear drums, larger front discs, original Formula Wheel, re-chromed rear bumper, Rally stripe, 'Be Cool' aluminum radiator, Eaton posi unit, Strange Engineeering axle shafts, beefed up original transmission, complete Hotchkis TVS suspension kit, and Wheel Vintiques Rally II wheels. Chris adds, "This beast sounds like a freight train on the freeway going 70mph+. Cars routinely move over a lane when I approach them from behind because the goat sounds like a cigarette boat or freight train coming up from behind them. It drives as tight as could ever be expected, and being about 2 inches lower is awesome for many reasons. I know I shouldn't, but a few times at stoplights, Subaru STIs think they can hang and I just punch the gas and they are completely left in the dust without ever a chance of catching up:) I also dusted a 2008 or 2009 Porsche Twin Turbo in an 1/8th mile mini race. I think that driver had issues when those are supposed to be 3.7 second 1/4 mile cars? Bye-bye fake powered cars!:)"|
CLICK-> Cardinal Red 1972 GTO hardtop, left side view.
CLICK-> Overhead front end shot of of Chris's Cardinal Red 1972 GTO hardtop. Nice and straight.
CLICK-> Cardinal Red 1972 GTO hardtop, left rear view.
CLICK-> Check out the engine. Chris adds, "The original matching numbers engine had issues from driving it too hard, so I had a great excuse the spruce it up, and then some. I rebuilt the engine and bored, stroked, and blueprinted it totaling 468CI and 550HP. I added DUI ignition, rev limiter, Edelbrock aluminum Ram Air IV heads, Performer RPM intake, Doug's Headers, 3-inch Magnaflow exhaust from the headers back, and custom 3-inch exhaust splitters to go behind rear wheels."
CLICK-> Black 1972 GTO hardtop owned by Terry Peddle from Waterford, Michigan. Terry explains, "I purchased the car in 1985. Itís got a 455HO, 4-speed, 3.55 Posi, A/C, power windows, tilt wheel, and rear spoiler. Then things began to change..."
CLICK-> Terry continues, "... 10 point cage, QA1 coil-over shocks front and rear, ladder bar rear, Turbo 400 w/ transbrake, Coan 9.5 inch converter, 12 bolt rear, Richmond 4.10 gears, Strange Spool, Moser Axles, Goodyear 30 by 10 inch Slicks ..."
CLICK-> And under the hood (don't cry), Terry adds, "... a 498 inch big block Chevy, Dart Pro1 heads, Comp Cam Roller, NOS Big Shot, MSD 7AL3 and distributor, 2 BG400 Barry Grant fuel pumps, braided fuel lines, fuel cell and Jet coated Hooker headers."
CLICK-> Sundance Orange 1972 GTO hardtop owned by Colin Blackwood from Manuels, Newfoundland, Canada. Colin tells us, "We advertised for it in Auto Traderbook and got a phone call from the owner. We've had it for five years. I've completely rebuilt it from ground up. The engine was also rebuilt. This has the unusual three-piece ducktail spoiler, now available as a reproduction part. This spoiler is similar to those used by Pontiac on later Trans AMs."
CLICK-> Sundance Orange 1972 GTO hardtop, left side view. The ducktail spoiler is very rare. There were only a handful of cars that got them from the factory, as the mold which was used to make them was for low-run prototype parts only. The factory mold broke, so they discontinued the spoilers. From what we understand, there are only two in existence. One is on the road in the Chicago area and the other is sitting in a barn wrecked. The ducktail spoiler pictured here is probably not original and purchased from a well known Pontiac supplier that is remanufacturing them. The mold for this reproduction came from the car in Chicago.
CLICK-> Sundance Orange 1972 GTO hardtop, right front view.
CLICK-> Sundance Orange 1972 GTO hardtop, rear end view. This is a good view of the GTO ducktail spoiler from the rear.
CLICK-> Red 1972 GTO owned by Dave from Long Island, New York. This car is for sale on eBay - at least when it was first posted on this site in September of 2004.
CLICK-> Red 1972 GTO hardtop, left front view.
CLICK-> Red 1972 GTO hardtop, interior view. It's got a manual transmission.
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