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This exceptionally restored, first-year GTO coupe has won multiple awards at Pontiac shows and has been heavily scrutinized by marque experts. According to accompanying Pontiac Historical Society documents, this example retains its matching-numbers engine and was built at GM’s Kansas City plant, optioned with a four-speed gearbox, tri-power carburetion, push-button radio, tachometer, deluxe steering wheel, and Safe-T-Track rear axle.
Documents indicate chassis 824M9010 was originally finished in its rare and stunning color of Sunfire Red, and featured a black interior. It was sold new by Superior Pontiac in San Antonio to Ora Govett, who purchased it as a gift for her son. In 1977, the Pontiac was acquired by fellow San Antonio resident James G. Brown. He sold the GTO in 1983 to Mark Panning, an oil executive in Findlay, Ohio. Mr. Panning researched the car’s history and set about a photo-documented full restoration, which still presents with striking authenticity. Period-correct power steering and power brakes have been added for driveability, and the car is fitted with as-delivered dog-dish hubcaps and bias-ply redline tires.
In 2008, the GTO was shown by Mark Kline of Fullerton, California, at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance and at several marque events, as reflected by an array of trophies. The car’s striking original color, desirable options, high-level restoration, and well-researched history make this an outstanding early example of the iconic GTO.