Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis , Missouri
1968 Pontiac GTO Coupe
Actualgenuine factory GTO, not a replica
One family-owned vehicle since new with theoriginal windowsticker from Vincel Pontiac
First year for second-generation GTO
Final year for front side vent windows
Correct YS code 400 CID V-8 engine breathing via dual exhausts
Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed transmission with His and Hers shift paths
Viper Red exterior with black (code 2) Cordova full vinyl roof and black vinyl interior (code 223)
Factory Air-conditioning, tinted glass, power steering and power brakes
Documentation includes framed original window sticker and some service records in the glove box
While the muscle car formula is not new (take a full-size cars engine and drop it into a smaller, lighter body), Pontiac ignited a new wave of such vehicles when it launched the GTO in 1964. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this 1968 GTO (VIN code 42) Sport Coupe. It has spent its entire existence owned and cared for by a single family right here in St. Louis Missouri. The GTO was purchased new from Vincel Pontiac in St. Louis Missouri and was sold to a local women who worked for Famous Barr department stores and drove it to work on select nice days. She had two young sons at the time who really enjoyed riding in the back seat of mom's awesome GTO. Later in life, the eldest brother took possession of the GTO and had it restored and rebuilt by a local GTO expert and has enjoyed the car for the past couple decades. The two gentlemen in the photos standing next to the car are the two original owners sons with the framed window sticker that their mother kept preserved!
Built during the second week of October 1967 at GMs Pontiac, Michigan assembly plant, this car left the line with the following options Cordova vinyl roof, automatic transmission, pushbutton radio, hidden headlights, deluxe wheel covers, center console, power steering, power brakes, tinted glass and air-conditioning that still blows cold. It was delivered to Vincel Pontiac in St. Louis, Missouri.
Since then, the eldest son had the cars exterior repainted Viper Red while retaining the vinyl roof and interior. The cars paint and trim are in overall excellent condition with minor blemishes. The cars windows are clear and intact and note that 1968 was the final year for the front side vent windows. The cars lights, including the hidden headlights, look very good.
The cars bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, the battery appears new and the bumpers are in excellent order, including the body-colored Endura front ring bumper. This car rolls on Goodyear Eagle GA blackwall radials, size 215/65R15 at all four corners, surrounding steel wheels topped by full moon chrome wheel covers. The wheel covers appear excellent, while the rubber is in very good order.
Under the dual-scoop hood is Pontiacs correct YS 400 CID V-8 engine that was rebuilt ten years ago by a local GTO expert. Starting in '68 all Pontiac V-8s went to a 14-degree valve angle. Pontiac went to open-chambered heads in some 1967 models and all 68s and up to improve power, engine breathing and reduce emissions. The valve size increased as well, to 2.11-inch intake and 1.77-inch exhaust valves on high-performance heads. The four-barrel 400 was a popular performance option for many of Pontiac's cars. When fitted with other high-airflow components, it produced a good balance of low-end torque and higher-RPM power. This car also has electronic ignition for easier starting. Backing this motor is a Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission with His and Hers shift paths. Near the driver is the standard P-R-N-D-L shift path (Hers) while near the passenger is a forerunner of todays manumatic shifters, a path (His) that allows the driver to put the lever all the way back, or in First, floor the accelerator then shift the lever forward near redline until the cars in Third. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Wonder Touch Power Steering and Wonder Touch Power Brakes.
Inside, the black vinyl interior (code 223) is in overall very good order. The front bucket and rear bench seats are in very good condition, as is the black carpeting and headliner. The three-spoke, deluxe steering wheel is in very good order, as are the black instrument panel and matching inner door panels. The center console and shift lever echo the condition of the other interior elements while a factory AM radio completes the interior.
General Motors redesigned itsA-body line for 1968, with more curvaceous, semi-fastback styling. The wheelbase was shortened to 112 inches on all two-door models. Overall length was reduced 5.9inches and height dropped half an inch but overall weight was up about 75pounds. Pontiac abandoned the familiar vertically stacked headlights in favor of a horizontal layout but madehidden headlights available at extra cost, a popular option