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1973 Pontiac GTO


1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car
1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car

‘You will definitely stand out in the sea of Camaros and Mustangs with this GTO,” the seller of the Pick of the Day promises. “I gain more attention and discussions at the local car shows than I ever did with my 66 GTO!”

The Pick is a 1973 Pontiac GTO located in Rogers, Minnesota, and which can be yours for $24,900 “or best offer.”

According to the private seller’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car originally was sold through the Charlier Sturgill Motor Co. in Lexington, Kentucky, and was ordered with Rally II wheels, an AM radio, G60x15 tires, bumper strips, and both the GTO and Sport options.871591_24238389_1973_Pontiac_GTO

“The car originally shipped with a HD Muncie 3 speed manual on the floor (which I still have), manual steering, and manual disc brakes,” the seller notes. “This car is 1 of 926 GTO’s that were shipped with the sport option and manual transmission. From the research I have done, the car spent many years ‘in a shed’ as it had not been licensed for over 10 years, according to the DMV when I transferred the title to my name.”

The seller noted that “I saw a lot of potential for a nice street/strip setup.” However, “After getting the car home, one bolt leads to another and I ended up pulling the front clip and frame. I was impressed on how solid the under carriage was, and went ahead and sandblasted the frame, inner fender wells, suspension, etc., and coated in epoxy primer. In disassembling the entire car, the only bolts that were rusted were the bolts holding the original rear sway bar to the lower control arms!

“The odometer reads approximately 78K miles. I am thinking it could be original miles, as this car still had all of the original front-end suspension components. During the rebuild, all suspension parts/springs, etc., were replaced with quality Moog and Energy Suspension parts.

“Moving on with the build, the 400ci motor was upgraded with a 461 stroker kit from Butler, along with a nice roller cam, rockers, ceramic coated headers, custom 3” stainless exhaust, etc. The cylinder heads are period correct 4X flowing 240cfm with new stainless valves, Viton seals, etc. The engine is 9.3:1 compression and runs well on mid-octane pump gas. Completing the fuel system is a new ‘Tanks’ fuel tank with in-tank Walbaro pump.

“Since I like to hit the drag strip on occasion, I purchased a Stage II Turbo 400 automatic from renowned Jakes Transmissions with the $800 low gear set option. A B&M shifter was installed, which works well in full auto, or ratchet shift mode. The trans has a Continental 10” Converter, which is very popular among Pontiac enthusiasts. Completing the drive train is a custom 3.5” driveshaft, billet yoke, and original 8.5” ‘corporate’ rear differential with an upgrade to an Eaton Posi with HD billet cap, Moser axles, 3.42 AAM gears and UMI Adjustable upper arms.”






The seller also noted rebuilding seat belts to factory spec, as well as the hood hinges, lights, gauges, etc.

“Nothing was ‘hacked’ on this car, so it could be put back with the original 3-speed, etc., with ease. The original Muncie, bell-housing, flywheel, clutch, pedals, etc., are included with the car.”

In addition to 29 photos of the GTO, the seller notes there are two YouTube videos available, including one of the car on the road.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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