HomePick of the Day1973 GTO stands out from Camaros, Mustang

1973 GTO stands out from Camaros, Mustang


Want to stand out in a sea of Camaros and Mustangs? The owner of this 1973 Pontiac GTO suggests you buy it, and we’ve selected it as Pick of the Day. 

“This PHS Documented GTO was originally delivered to Charlie Sturgill Motor Co. in Lexington, Ky,” the private seller notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “The original owner only wanted the basics and ordered this car with the following options:

“Rally II wheels, AM radio, GTO, Sport, G60x15 tires and bumper strips.”

For the 1973 model year, the GTO was an option package for the restyled Pontiac LeMans Sport Coupe.

The seller notes that the car, which is located in Rogers, Minnesota, is one of only 926 shipped with a 3-speed manual gearbox (heavy-duty Muncie unit) and with the Sport option. The seller points out that the transmission and differential are original to the car, though the rear diff has “an upgrade to an Eaton Posi, Moser Axles, 3.42 AAM gears and UMI Adjustable upper arms.”

The engine is a Pontiac 400 with four-barrel carb, but the advertisement does not say if it was the car’s original engine, just that, “The car runs and drives just like it did from the factory, and needs nothing; except a driver to jump in and enjoy!”

The seller said the car had been painted and “since I wanted the under carriage to match the top side, I went ahead and sandblasted the frame, inner fender wells, suspension, etc., and coated in Epoxy Primer.”

The odometer shows around 77,000 miles which the seller believes to be accurate “as this car still had all the original front-end suspension components and ball joints! During the rebuild, all suspension parts/springs, body mounts, etc. were replaced with quality Moog parts.”

The ad includes links to two YouTube videos, one a walk-around and the other a test drive of a car that is being offered for $18,900.

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.


  1. Never was impressed, its a land boat with a stripe and a hood scoop. It could barely get out of its own way as were most of the mid 70’s cars, due to pollution controls. Horsepower starting dropping in 1971.

  2. I just bought my second 1973 Pontiac colonnade. Its a 73 GTO I bought on the East coast and I was told it is an all numbers matching 400cid, turbo 400 car. I wish I had a stick (either the 3 or 4 speed) but this late in the game, I am just happy to have an honest to God GTO. This makes my 5th GTO and from what I have read…probably the rarest one. Only 4806 GTO’s were made in 1973. I can’t wait to get started improving and restoring this ol’ Goat!

  3. This was a personal luxury car badged and marketed as a performance car. The GTO badging harkened back to a more muscular car era but really, from the GTO Judge on, all the pony cars became bloated cruisers as the demographic peak of boomers started families and Detroit tried to adapt to that and insurance and safety and emissions. Still, from the early ’70’s until the oil crisis completely killed high performance autos in mid-’70’s, Detroit turned out some stunning designs [Charger, Trans AM, Grand AM, ‘Cuda, Challengers, Javelin]. None of these cars performed in the twisties as also none in the ’60’s did. They are nostalgia cars and this one didn’t have a lot of followers and worse, was a victim of corporate marketing without benefit of Detroit advanced engineering.


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