by Sean Mattingly.
1972 GTO Parking Lot
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CLICK-> Don't mess with this car (or Shawn's son).
CLICK-> Monarch Yellow 1972 GTO 455HO hardtop owned by Tim Fleming from Salt Lake City, Utah. Tim had this story to share, "This was my step-father's car. It He purchased in 1974 in California and sold in 1985 in Colorado. I tracked it through five different owners and many states until I found it in Charleston, South Carolina. After years of pleading with the owners to sell it back to me, I got the call and purchased it in 2005. It was transported back to Salt Lake City, Utah and lovingly restored by Dan Green. The car speaks for itself. It is a very rare 455 HO 4-speed car that was originally special ordered Starlight Black (one of only a few I'm told). My father loved the car in Monarch and so did I."
CLICK-> Arizona Gold 1972 LeMans convertible owned by Dave Pitnick from Kansas City, Missouri. This car took over four years to restore. Dave tells us more, "I bought the car from a private owner outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and had it hauled to Kansas City. The car was a real beater before but it was a matching numbers vehicle. I have done some engine mods (#16 heads, factory headers and an Edelbrock intake and carb) but the original block has been retained. I still have the old heads and intake. In addition, I have converted the car to a near fully functional Ram Air system (less heat cross over). I have also changed the ignition system over from points to the Pertronix unit. The PHS documentation shows the car as being ordered with numerous options including the Endura option, A/C, power locks, bucket seats, clock, and Safe-T Track rear differential. This car was, for all intensive purposes, a frame-off restoration (although I didn't have a rotisserie). New sheet metal was added in the following areas, new trunk floor pans, new quarters, new front passenger floor pan & floor pan support channel, and front and rear valances & transmission cross member. All mechanical systems were rebuilt or replaced including: fuel lines, brake lines, transmission cooling lines, and vacuum lines. The brake system was completely replaced along with a new master cylinder and brake booster. The steering system was completely replaced and a tilt steering column was added. The front and rear suspension was completely rebuilt and received new bushings, springs, shocks and fasteners. The chassis received all new body mount bushings along with a fresh coat of POR-15 paint to protect it. The A/C and heating systems were rebuilt as well. A new heater core, radiator, hoses and vacuum lines were installed. The A/C system is fully functional and has been completely rebuilt. Though it appears stock it has been converted to R-134A."
CLICK-> Dave tells us more, "Some of the personal mods I made were the addition of these; front air dam, hood tach, rear air foil, and the 72 full length body stripe kit (black). I opted to use the rear valance with cut outs (from the 70 - 71 GTO) instead of the side splitters from the 72. A complete new 2-1/2 inch mandrel bent exhaust system with X-pipe are mated to the 40 series Flowmaster mufflers. The rear end received and 1-1/4 inch aftermarket sway bar. At the corners I installed 15 x 7 Honeycomb (polycast) wheels with trim rings in lieu of the traditional Pontiac wheels. Aftermarket gauges were installed to monitor the cars vitals and the Fog/DRL units were recessed in the lower front valance. The interior was completely redone with new Dynomat pads, carpet and upholstery. The convertible top has been completely rebuilt and has received new fasteners, washers and paint. A new pump and switch were also installed. The dash received a new dash pad and the machined turned vinyl insert on the lower dash surround. The sound system was enhanced using 8 speakers with the front speakers mounted in the kick panels and on the column and the rear speakers mounted in the side panels. The car averages about 250 miles per week during the summer. It goes to car shows, rallys, etc. and during the winter itís put in hibernation. But it still managed to get out on a weekend afternoon for a little exercise."
CLICK-> Sunburst Orange 1972 LeMans convertible owned by Jim Shorts from Atlanta, Georgia. Jim tells us, "I found the car locally. It was in very good overall condition. It does need a new top but runs very well. My two girls love it when I pick them up from school in it. They don't like it when I 'hurt the road' - that's when my foot gets a little heavy and I smoke the tires."
CLICK-> Sunburst Orange 1972 LeMans convertible, left front view.
CLICK-> Sunburst Orange 1972 LeMans convertible, right rear view with the black top up.
CLICK-> Sunburst Orange 1972 LeMans convertible, right rear view down low.
CLICK-> Sunburst Orange 1972 LeMans convertible, right rear view with the top up again. This is a very unique color.
CLICK-> Cardinal Red 1972 455 GTO hardtop owned by Pat Smith from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Pat tells us about its history, "A former North Carolina car entering Canada in 1989. It was restored four years ago and given a few Pontiac GTO custom touches by the previous owner including Hurst Dual Gate shifter, Ram Air induction system and HO455 intake, and 1969 Judge spoiler. It is a nice numbers matching engine and transmission car. This one came with D98 strobe stripes but they were not reapplied during the restoration. The owner didn't know what the code was. This one is replacing my Trans Am of seven years - a nice upgrade! Options from factory include; AM/FM stereo, 8-track player, console, electric clock, Custom Sport steering wheel, G60x15 wheels, variable ratio power steering, custom interior, Rally IIs, 455 4-bbl engine (Y code), Safe-T-Track axle, power discs, and rear defogger. It sold new at Red Holman Pontiac in Ann Arbor, Michigan!"
CLICK-> Cardinal Red 1972 455 GTO hardtop, left rear view.
CLICK-> This is a 455 (Y-code) engine. The x-code was the 455HO version. The previous owner added the 455HO intake. Check out the "Super Duty 455" sticker on the fan shroud.
CLICK-> Here is a close-up of that "Super Duty 455" sticker on the fan shroud. It instructs the owner to use SAE 30W or SAE 10W40 oils. It also gives special instructions when reassembling the connecting rod nuts.
CLICK-> Like Pat said before, the previous owner added the Hurst Dual Gate shifter.
CLICK-> Revere Silver 1972 455-HO GTO owned by Francois Raby from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This Goat also has a M-22 close-ratio manual transmission and a 3.55 Posi rear end. Francois tells us more, "I found the car in a basement where it sat since 1976. I bought it in August 2006 from the first owner. It has GM of Canada documentation. Options: Ram Air, power steering, power disc brakes, rear defogger, bucket seats, console, in-dash tach, Custom Sport steering wheel and mirrors, wheelwell mouldings, glove and trunk lamps, pedal dress-up, 14x7 Rally II wheels, and no air. There is only minor rust bottom of front fenders and two pin holes in trunk. There is surface rust on rear frame and a rust free cowl, floor, rockers, and quarters! It hasn't been started since 1976. It needs a total mechanical overhaul and paint. I'm getting rid of those stickers. I will do a frame-off in 2008."
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