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1966 Pontiac Tempest GTO Convertible
When 1960 rolled around in the world of automobiles there was a large very apparent shift that occurred. The days of large tail fins were clearly behind us as companies like Pontiac released their innovated design for the Tempest. These cars were built on the new Y body platform and later would be offered with optional trim levels like Lemans. Despite the significant redesigns they were still modest compact cars sporting the "Trophy" 4 cylinder motor. That is of course until 1964 when the optional GTO trim level was introduced and thus the "Muscle Car" was born. With its two door body on the A body platform and focus on performance, the departure from 50's stylings was very obvious and many accredit the GTO as kicking off the muscle car era. Soon, whether it is Ford with the Mustang or Chevrolet with Chevelles and Camaros, all major manufacturers would be jumping on the muscle car hype. The GTO was initially a trim level for the Lemans before becoming its own unique model in 1966. This year would see the introduction of dual stacked headlights with the split grill that would become an iconic look for the classic GTO.
This beautiful 1966 Pontiac is an extremely well built car with a unique story. After the current owner first laid eyes on a 1966 GTO it was instantly a dream car but due to just getting out of the service could not afford one. That love of the '66 was rekindled in 2006 when a friend came home with a solid 1966 Tempest out of California. What was his friends new project soon was taken over as the current owner bought the car from him, at a higher price, anxious to build the GTO of his dreams. The result is one of the coolest, cleanest looking muscle cars on the road. Building your dream car is a lot different than just putting together a Hot Rod for a customer. The current owner specifically wanted performance and reliability while still maintaining that stock look he fell in love with previously. Every single component on this car was carefully selected to be the best of the best. The full rotisserie restoration was completed in 2008 and there is no doubting the quality of work when you see this car in person. The body required very minimal rust repair that was all professionally done resulting in the entirely rust free car you see here. The shining Red paint has a beautiful finish and was completed by Custom Touch Body Shop. It is combined with a White power top and also comes with a parade boot for those nice weather days where you are cruising with the top down. It has the GTO hood with scoop and also an added 1967 hood tachometer. Those classic dual headlights and triple line taillights look great on these cars and all are working properly. You really aren't going to find a weak area anywhere on this car. It has the perfect muscle car stance and rides on a set of Coker 1973 15x7 Rally II Wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.
Pop the hood and what you will find is truly a work of art for any car aficionado. The way it has been finished out from the gloss Black inner fenders to the motor accents is gorgeous. It isn't just all about cosmetics though because the Butler Performance prepped Pontiac 400 motor runs just as well as it looks. On the Dyno it put out 421HP and 468 Lbs of Torque. It is combined with a 700R4 Phoenix Transmission and a 3:73 10 bolt posi rear end. To get an idea of all the mechanical modifications check out the table below. As mentioned before, this thing was built with the best of the best with no corners cut anywhere.
-Butler-prepped Pontiac 400 block, bored, honed & deburred
-Butler-ported Edelbrock heads
-Edelbrock 2x4 Performer Intake
-Dual Edelbrock 500cfm carburetors
Comp Cams .308/.313 camshaft
MSD Ready-to-Run Distributor
MSD Blaster SS coil
MSD 6AL Ignition Box
-Taylor Ignition Wires
-March Serpentine Belt system
-Magnaflow Stainless 3 inch Exhaust
-BeCool Radiator with 16" electric fan
Hotchkis upper/lower control arms
Hotchkis Extreme Swaybars
-Hotchkis Lowering Springs
SSBC Front Disc Brakes
The White interior on the car is in excellent shape and was entirely redone 3 years ago by Keith Kirk Interiors. The upholstery work, carpet, door panels, and dash all look great. It has dual bucket seats with a Red center console and nice polished trim. It has a custom shifter plate to house the automatic shifter which moves through the gears smoothly. Just above where the center console runs under the dash is an Auxiliary gauge cluster that houses Autometer Pro Comp Ultralight gauges for Volt/Water Temp/Oil Pressure. The rest of the dash features the original style gauges inset into the original style Woodgrain trim. The Classic AC/Heat system utilizes the factory AC ducts which are adjustable. Other nice features include the Woodgrain wheel, AM/FM stereo, and the Lokar pedals. The trunk of the car is all nicely upholstere
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