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1966 Pontiac GTO


The classic 1966 Pontiac GTO presents great cruising possibilities at an affordable price
The classic 1966 Pontiac GTO presents great cruising possibilities at an affordable price

After witnessing all those high-end collector cars selling for nosebleed prices during Arizona  auction week, I thought I would come back to earth with a clean-looking piece of classic America muscle that won’t cost more than your house. Or the entire neighborhood, for that matter.

So the Pick of the Week goes to this attractive 1966 Pontiac GTO hardtop for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Jonesboro, Illinois. This looks like a fun car to drive and show, and the asking price is a manageable $22,500.

The GTO has been ‘nicely restored,’ the seller says
The GTO has been ‘nicely restored,’ the seller says

According to the seller, the GTO has been “nicely restored” although not to show quality, and it has a replacement engine and updated transmission.

“It has a ’66 dated 389 that has been rebuilt and runs great,” the seller says in the description. “The motor and engine-bay area (are) detailed nicely. The transmission has been updated to a 200R4, which is an overdrive trans so it really hits the road and cruises well.

“This car has power disc brakes and power steering. They make it more enjoyable to drive and easier to handle. The paint is a nice job, not super show quality but a high-quality driver paint job. The interior is all nice. It has a factory tach in the dash and everything appears to work correctly…”

The interior looks clean and well-finished
The interior looks clean and well-finished

The car seems to be mostly rust-free with no repair patches, the seller says, although there is a “soft spot” in front of the driver’s floor that should be addressed. “The rest of the car looks solid and no issues.”

“This is one that you can drive anywhere,” the seller adds. “It’s great for cruising and local car shows or any collection.”

And just think, the last time I wrote about a GTO, it was a Ferrari that sold at a Monterey auction in August for the ungodly price of $38 million. At least this Pontiac GTO is something that we mere mortals could contemplate buying.


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Is this car still for sale? I live in Michigan, it is quite a ride from southern ill. Should i trailer it or take the chance driving it for 8 hours. How low will you go for cash.?

    • Hi David and Jim, we checked the listing and the car has already been sold. On all of the Pick of the Week or Pick of the Day vehicles, you can contact the seller or see the vehicle listing by clicking on the bold year make and model within the article. Hope that helps!

  2. Oh I had one exactly like this except it was an air car and had a black vinyl top. Have been trying to find one like for a while, but the candlelight cream color is difficult to find. Man I just could not get to it fast enough. Heart broken again. I did end up purchasing a Montero red 66, but I still like the yellow better.

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