Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
So, what do you do when you have an uber-clean 1969 Pontiac GTO that you want to drive in the modern world? You give it a period-perfect Mayfair Maize paint job, use as many original components as possible, stuff it with a performance-built 469 V8, a Tremec 5-speed gearbox, reinforce the chassis and augment the suspension, and then go out and hunt Mustangs. Fast and fun, this Goat Restomod isn't saddled with a weighty pedigree and instead offers a cool high-tech look and all the fun you'd expect from Pontiac's best performer.
Repainted not too long ago right back to its original Code 40 Mayfair Maize color, this fully restored Restomod is very unique for having such a stock presentation, despite the hardware that lurks underneath. We wouldn't go as far calling it a 'sleeper', because no GTO in the world should ever surprise anyone with its muscle car prowess, but the set-up is much more subdued that we typically see on vintage cars with these kinds of credentials. Granted, with the dual-scoop Ram Air hood (fully functional), hood-mounted tachometer, rear spoiler, and raked stance it still nails the high-performance look we all love, but the soft color and black vinyl top work to tone things down in a way we really love. Close examination of the paint job reveals that it was a high-end job, with great depth and a luster that looks amazing under our lights. And with only 3,905 miles on the build, the top driver-quality paint is holding up very well, with only minor imperfections to speak of. It's a laser straight body as well, with exacting gaps and flush panel alignment that's likely better than when the car was new. The urethane front bumper fits extremely well, which only happens after hours of intensive hand fitting, and when you step back and take it all in, it's plain to see that the '69 GTO is one of the best-looking muscle cars of all time. Pontiac is famous for interesting side marker lights, and this GTO is no exception, and the bright chrome rear bumper adds just enough bling to help the car jump off the page.
The extensive restoration work continued inside, where beautifully sculpted black leather buckets were swapped-in from a later-model Pontiac. The rear seat was upholstered to match, and the intricate white stitching on the seats shows off how the top quality of these hides. Matching new door panels, a taut headliner above, and plush black carpets that fit better than most kits were neatly installed and look almost completely unused. This is an original 4-speed car, and that slick center console has been refinished and topped with a Hurst shifter with a cue ball knob for the Tremec 5-speed manual that now lives underneath, and sharp-eyed viewers will also spot the integrated switches in the console that operate the power actuated and heated seats up front. Digital/analog AutoMeter gauges look incredibly slick inside the dash, and just ahead of them a sporty, thick-rimmed steering wheel was mounted atop a tilt column to anchors the driver's cockpit. While you're looking at the dash, note how clean and crack-free it is from end-to-end (a problem that plagued GM interiors for decades), with woodgrain applique trim warming things up a bit and surrounding the upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX in the center that manages a kickin' stereo system. A full Vintage Air system was installed and utilizes the car's factory controls and vents, and it blows ice-cold R134a treated air throughout the cabin. Even the trunk was beautifully restored and fitted with plush carpets, and there's enough room back there to account for most travel plans.
Forget the limitations of the original Poncho drivetrain, this beauty is powered by a monster 469 cubic inch V8 rated at over 525HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. Custom built by the pros at Butler Performance, the motor is topped with a Fast EZ electronic fuel-injection system and Torker II performance intake, and was augmented with Edelbrock aluminum heads, hydraulic roller cam, and 10.25:1 compression ratio. Fully sorted and tuned just right, it cackles like something that escaped from a cage and pulls the GTO around without much effort, breathing easing through the functional Ram Air IV hood. Also note the custom valve covers, March billet serpentine system, full MSD ignition, and the huge aluminum radiator and dual electric fans that keeps the whole show nice and cool. The aforementioned Tremec 5-speed manual handles everything that big motor can throw at it, spinning a heavy-duty Moser 12-bolt posi-traction rear end filled with 33-spline axles. Underneath the performance work continues, with Heidts tubular control arms (upper and lower), a big sway bar, and adjustable coil-overs up front, along with a 4-link, rear sway bar, and air shocks in the rear. The reinforced frame can handle all that torque, with power steering and Wilwood power 4-wheel discs improving the driving experience tremendously, and a
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