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While any first-year GTO might be considered a proud representative of Pontiac’s groundbreaking muscle car, the exceptional Starlight Black convertible presented here is among the very best in existence.
The history of this GTO begins on June 24, 1964, when it was constructed at Pontiac’s assembly plant in Fremont, California. According to PHS Automotive Services Inc., this GTO Convertible was originally ordered by the Dallas Pontiac Zone and generously equipped with some extremely rare factory options.
This top-of-the-line GTO Convertible was furnished with the desirable four-speed M20 wide-ratio gearbox; Safe-T-Track rear axle; dash-mounted tachometer; and a 3.23:1 rear end, an ideal ratio for high-speed cruising. For comfort, this car was loaded with options, such as custom air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, instrument panel pad, full floor mats, door edge guards, center console, windshield washer with dual-speed wipers, inside tilt mirror, and six different accessory lamps. Finished with Medium Red bucket seats, deluxe wheel discs and redline tires, this stylish Pontiac has a particularly rare distinction: It is one of a limited number of ’64 GTO Convertibles equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox and air-conditioning.
The GTO was originally delivered to Bill McDavid Pontiac in Fort Worth and purchased by local schoolteacher Celeste Sharp before passing some time late to its second Texan owner. The GTO was then discovered by its third owner, a discerning collector of GM performance cars, who commissioned a complete restoration with Scott Tiemann’s Supercar Specialties of Portland, Michigan.
In a letter to the third owner, President of Pontiac Historical Services Jim Mattison stated the following in reference to this car’s combination of a four-speed manual gearbox and air-conditioning: “In the twenty-four years that we have been documenting Pontiacs, we are aware of less than five 1964 GTO Convertibles with this combination. To those in the collector car hobby, this combination becomes the most desirable of all GTOs for the first year of production. Your particular GTO is very possibly 1 of 1 built.”
All in all, this GTO Convertible offers all the qualities that collectors look for in an important Pontiac muscle car. With a unique combination of highly sought-after features, exceptional original colors, Scott Tiemann restoration, and the delightful history of a four-owner car, this GTO stands apart from the crowd. Offered with a file that includes a full Pontiac Historical Services report, a copy of the original Texas title and license receipts dating back to the 1960s, this GTO is a very important example of Pontiac’s “great one.”