True Barn Find: 30 years untouched, 26k Mile (1966) Pontiac GTO
Three letters…G…T…O! This is a true barn find that has been stored away for over 30 years untouched. You will be stepping back in time when you cruise the roadways in this all original classic that has only 26,786 original miles. The Pontiac GTO first hit the scene in 1964 and is respected as the first automobile to popularize muscle car mania in the market. The GTO badge was originally an optional package on the Pontiac Tempest for the years 1964 and 1965, so that makes this beauty the very first model to claim the Pontiac GTO moniker. With 96,946 units sold in 1966, it’s the largest per year sales for any “true” muscle car on record. Located in Englishtown, New Jersey, you can check out more here on eBay, where it has a current bid of $19,700.
The seller states that they’ll simply need a deposit of $1,000 within listing close, and the buyer will be responsible for pickup or shipping. This car is all original and 100% solid, with no rot or any signs of structural concern. The GTO name was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, and it was Pontiac’s answer to appeal to a more youthful demographic. By offering a high performance model and upgrading to a 389 under the hood, Pontiac was looking to make a name for themselves as other companies began rolling out sportier cars (we’re looking at you Mustang).
The 1966 model came standard with a 389ci/360hp V8, and for a heavier choice compared to other cars on the market, could still do 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. With its’ famous coke-bottle style, a revamped rear exterior, and more alluring outlines compared to the previous two years models, it is easy to see how so many were sold, and it even acquired the nickname “The Goat” on the streets.
This GTO looks great inside and out. Its’ storage environment must have provided it with the ideal conditions needed allowing it to remain intact. Rust is extremely minimal, and the original exterior Fontaine Blue paint is brilliant and smooth. Some of the work done in order to get it ready to burn rubber is a rebuilt transmission, new water pump, radiator, thermostat, battery, and fuel pump to name a few. It even comes with the original owner’s manual, original floor mats and trunk mat, and service records. The original bucket seats look almost new, and were an upgrade for the 1966 model that provided a lot more comfort.