1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible
The original Pontiac GTO is an automobile that was built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974 model years.
The first generation GTO was a muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s era. Although there were earlier muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models.
Why This Car Is Special
This is a true 1968 GTO Convertible we have here at Skyway Classics, it still has its original born-with YS 400 cid 350hp engine. It is a rare GTO because only 9,980 convertible GTO's were produced in 1968 out of 87,684 total production.
The car is very original and rides down the road, just like it did in 1968. It has had a complete restoration and with the red interior and black convertible top it looks stunning.
This GTO Convertible is loaded with options such as the Enduro Bumper, Hideaway headlights, Power steering, Power disc brakes, Hurst His/Hers Dual Gate shifter, Hood tachometer, custom Riddler wheels, and more.
The engine is a YS 400 cubic inch which was rated at 350hp from the factory. It looks factory stock with all the correct parts like the air cleaner, intake, exhaust manifolds, wiring and hoses as it sits in the complete and detailed engine compartment. Hot Rod tested a 1968 GTO equipped with the standard engine and obtained a quarter mile reading of 14.7 seconds at 97 mph in pure stock form.
Our GTO has a complete restored and replaced red bucket seat interior with matching red carpets, door panels, and trim. The black convertible top works well and overall this is like a brand new GTO again.
General Motors redesigned its A-body line for 1968, with more curvaceous, semi-fastback styling.
Pontiac abandoned the familiar vertically stacked headlights in favor of a horizontal layout, but made hidden headlights available at extra cost which ours has. The concealed headlights were a popular option. The signature hood scoop was replaced by dual scoops on either side of a prominent hood bulge extending rearward from the protruding nose.
A unique feature on our GTO was the body-color Endura front bumper. It was designed to absorb impact without permanent deformation at low speeds. Pontiac touted this feature heavily in advertising, showing hammering at the bumper to no discernible effect.
Concealed windshield wipers, which presented a cleaner appearance hidden below the rear edge of the hood, were standard on this GTO and another popular option it has is the hood-mounted tachometer, located in front of the windshield and lit for visibility at night.
You just don't find many GTO's like this 196 GTO Convertible we have at Skyway Classics. It runs and drives fantastic. The 1968 GTO won the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award and this one can be your car of the year for many years to come too.
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