OK, this has been said a zillion times and everybody’s sick of it, but I’m going to say it anyway: They’re only original once! That’s right, and this 1964 Pontiac GTO appears to be a perfect example of that vastly overused aphorism.
The full name of the Pick of the Day is 1964 Pontiac Tempest Lemans GTO, the first year of the seminal midsize muscle car spawned by the crafty minds of GM’s John DeLorean, Bill Collins and Russ Gee. The Pontiac GTO kicked off the muscle car competition among the domestic brands that hurtled through the 1960s and into the early ’70s.
This GTO has something extra special going for it. According to the Benson, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Pontiac on ClassicCars.com, the hardtop is in absolutely original condition, beautifully preserved and ready to be enjoyed.
“The preservation and quality of this car is the best we have seen in a long time,” the dealer says in the ad. “You will be very impressed with the original condition.
“You can restore a car and try to make it good as original, but being all-original is always the best. The show-quality survivor must be seen and driven to appreciate.”
Powered by its original 389cid V8 rated at 325 horsepower and linked with a 4-speed manual transmission, the Pontiac has just over 86,000 miles showing on its odometer.
“Mechanically, this pure GTO drives as good as you would imagine,” the seller says. “The 389 engine is so smooth and powerful. The Tri-Power carburetors have been properly rebuilt and perform flawlessly. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears. The car rides very tight and corners well. It is evident that this Goat has been pampered its entire life.”
The Pontiac is outfitted with all the performance and comfort features that came with the GIT option, including a tachometer and gauge package, bucket seats, post-traction rear, dual exhaust and “spinner deluxe” hubcaps.
“This GTO has all original red paint that is in remarkable condition,” the dealer notes. “The paint is very shiny and is not cracking or falling apart. The trim and chrome (are) also original and looks like a car that is a few years old. The original interior is still neat and tidy. The carpets are believed to be the only part of the interior that is not original.”
The Pontiac looks just as good under its hood, the seller adds, with all-original paint and finishes.
The asking price for this unusual muscle car is $58,950.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.