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Pick of the Day: 1964 Pontiac GTO in sparkling restored condition

The first year of the muscle-car classic, this hardtop has all the right stuff


The Pick of the Day is a sharp-looking 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO, the first year of the performance icon that’s credited with starting the Detroit muscle car wars that raged for the rest of the decade.

This GTO glistens in black with a red interior, and it’s powered by a 421cid V8 with three 2-barrel carburetors and a Muncie M20 4-speed transmission, linked with a 10-bolt Positraction rear, a no-nonsense setup for getup and go.

This is a real-deal factory GTO that has been documented by the Pontiac Historical Society, according to the Kingstown, Rhode Island, private seller advertising the Pontiac on ClassicCars.com.

“This investment-quality ’64 GTO underwent an extensive, high-quality frame-off restoration, and the attention to detail shows throughout the vehicle!” the seller says in the ad.   

“This GTO comes with restoration photos, receipts, an invoice from the factory, and PHS documentation denoting all original equipment as it was ordered from Pontiac.”

The GTO is a 2-door post model, the seller notes, that is trimmed in polished stainless steel and moldings, and chrome bumpers and windshield trim that are in excellent condition. 


“This Goat has a laser-straight body with a diamond-like black paint, accented with a red pinstripe,” the ad says. “The Redline tires are mounted on American Racing Torque Thrust wheels.”

An extensive galley of photos shows the overall fine condition of this GTO, including the hidden details.


“As you can see from the detailed photos, the underside shows a perfect frame-off restoration,” the seller touts. “Clean and transparent bottom show the low mileage on this restored vehicle. 

“The car drives smooth and the shocks, suspension and steering are like new. It has disc brakes for quick stops, and electronic ignition for quick starts.”


The Pontiac’s interior also has been completely refurbished in the GTO’s original style, the seller adds, noting the white-ball shifter and new tachometer.  “The direct fit radio is new, looking factory correct, with AM/FM.”

The asking price of $67,500 sounds reasonable for such a fine example of the iconic first-year GTO.

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

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. Pontiac GTO’s ’64 through ’66 did not come with a 421 cubic inch motor.!! They came with a 389 cubic inch motor with either 3- 2 barrel carbs or a afb 4 barrel carb. I have a 1966 GTO which I bought new and still have the car to this day. I have restored it completely.

  2. I thoght the ’64 GTO only came with a 389. Is the 421 correct?

    If not, why not go with the correct displacement if you’re doing all that restoration work?

    • Really?? You could order a 421 from the factory?? I assume that if it’s the original engine it would be a dealership installed motor. Personally if I was building it and had a 421 from that year I would totally use it. Keeping the original 389 for the collector value and having the 421 as a “shoulda built” car. I know it’s only 30 extra cubes, but a 421 built to Super Duty specs in a 64 mid size body spell Fast and Fun in book. Plus how many people have that combo??? Not many. I like to have something different and that would be different. I’m pretty sure the 421 SD had different heads etc than regular 421 but if build it as close to those specs as possible, you know in my dream world. 2 thumbs up to the next owner, the classics can barely keep up with today’s performance cars, if rather have this car over any modern car for the fun factor. 421 cubes and a M20 4sd. That’s good stuff.

  3. The GTO looks great but I’m in agreement with other commenters that if you’re doing a frame off resto go with the 389 & the stock wheels. The mags are a nice touch but if you have a build sheet go with that info.


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