1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible

I suspect the judges who previously gave this car an AACA Senior badge would not have done so on sale day

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Pontiac first offered the GTO option on the Tempest in 1964, and despite UAW strikes, which kept production down, it was a big hit.

The muscle car market was evolving, and in 1965, the GTO was named Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year. It was easily distinguished from its Tempest siblings by its black-out grille, hood intake, various badges, and a rally gauge instrument cluster.

This 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible was delivered to Reedman Pontiac in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in May 1965 and sold in October. The fourth owner bought it in 1982 and drove it until 2005, when a full restoration was carried out.

It was stripped, the bottom of the rear fenders were replaced, and it was repainted in PPG urethane. The frame was dismantled, with all the components replaced or refinished and powder coated. A new gas tank and stainless steel fuel and brake lines were fitted. The original 389-ci V8 had previously been rebuilt and was untouched. All date codes and numbers match.

The interior was reupholstered in red vinyl, with new carpets and hardware. The car comes with original window sticker, owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate, and build sheet, along with detailed bills of the work done.

Shown at the AACA Spring Meet in New Bern, North Carolina, in May 2007, this GTO Convertible won a First Junior Award and scored a Senior AACA Award later.

(Introductory description courtesy of RM.)

B. Mitchell Carlson

SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Brian wrote his first auction report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed his colorful commentary in Sports Car Market since 1998. His work appears regularly in Kelley Blue Book, and also in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity.” He attends about two dozen auctions per year, but he broke away to roar around Oregon with Paul Hardiman in SCM’s Dodge Viper and Porsche 911 Turbo in the 2015 Northwest Passage.

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