What do you get when you take the GTO and turn it up to 11? Maybe something like this 1966 Pontiac GTO hardtop. It packs a fuel-injected 389 V8, a gorgeous interior, and the right hardware to make it very fast but totally streetable. If you like the idea of a GTO that takes no prisoners, this incredible restomod won't disappoint.
The Hyper Blue Metallic paint is bright and beautifully applied, but at a quick glance, there's nothing to tip you off that this car is anything but a garden-variety Goat. There's no mistaking the GTO DNA at work here, from the stacked headlights and mesh grilles to the beautiful Coke-bottle shape, and yes indeed this is a real code 42 GTO, so the badges are just where they should be. The paint is indeed worthy of scrutiny, a beautiful finish that's deep and lustrous and is exactly the right color to grab everyone's attention as you cruise into the show. There are plenty of OEM-grade details, ranging from the modest hood scoop to the mesh grille inserts and handsome taillights out back. All the factory chrome and stainless trim remains intact, so it has a very correct look and if it wasn't for those slick aftermarket wheels, it would be easy to mistake for a purely stock GTO.
The beautiful black bucket seat interior has a factory feel, but at the same time, it was obviously built for the street. TMI provided the elegant seat covers and door panel material, featuring a high-end black vinyl, chrome accent rings, and suede inserts, all held together with blue stitching that matches the exterior. All the soft parts are new, custom wrapped dash and plush carpets included, so it looks right, and there's a proper 3-spoke steering wheel that's a subtle update on the original-issue. Back-lit Dakota Digital gauges replace the original dials and give a better view of the upgraded engine, all fully-functional and very pleasing to the eye. But make no mistake, this is a street car, so it also has cold A/C, an AutoSound retro stereo system that is iPod compatible, power 4-wheel disc brakes and power steering, so it's easy to drive for anyone. You'll note the Hurst shifter poking out of the floor board, as it's been tasked to work with the Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission that lives underneath. The trunk is tidy with a rubber mat and plenty of room so you can feel free to hit the long road with this Poncho.
The hardware is what truly makes this car special, and the fuel-injected date code correct 389/335HP V8 under the hood is extremely impressive. Thanks to the FiTech system and Edelbrock intake on the block the engine snaps to attention with ease and is very responsive through the throttle. Everything is detailed nicely, from the finned valve covers to the chrome A/C compressor, and to the chrome power brake system and big shiny aluminum radiator keeping everything cool. The transmission is a Muncie M21 4-speed manual linked to a 10-bolt rear end spinning highway-friendly 3.36 gears. Stock manifolds feed a trick Flowmaster-style exhaust system with an H-pipe, giving this GTO a very unique voice. It runs and drives beautifully, with great road manners and surprisingly good fuel economy thanks to the efficient 389 motor. 20-inch Ridler wheels add a modern look and carry 225/50/17 front and 245/35/15 rear performance radials.
This is modern performance packaged as a vintage car, and thanks to the wonders of fuel injection, you'll be shocked by how well it works. Better still, it's all wrapped in bright blue bodywork that will make everyone stop and stare. With a restoration just completed in 2018, this Goat is just starting to show off. Call today!