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.
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 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.