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What's the difference between a 1968 and 1969 GTO?

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1968 marks the beginning of the Second Generation of GTOs, and it brought a much more rounded, aerodynamic shape, and one that would become a Pontiac trademark, along with the twin snorkel nose cone. The most obvious visual difference between the '68 and '69 is the '68 has front-side vent windows and the '69 does not. Read more

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What is the best year GTO to buy?

The division sold 96,946 GTOs for the 1966 model year, the best year ever for the GTO.

What's the rarest GTO?

Since only 108 convertibles were made under the name in 1969, the convertible Judge is the rarest of the trim.

What makes a 1969 GTO a judge?

1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge”

Unique stripes, a blacked-out grille, body-colored spoiler and the requisite “The Judge” decals separated it from other muscle cars on the road. It also helped that the Judge came with a 400-cubic-inch V8 fitted with the “Ram Air III” system and rated at 366 horsepower.

What engine came in a 1968 Pontiac GTO?

The standard GTO engine was still the 400 in³ V8, but now with 8.2:1 compression. Power was rated at 300 hp (223 kW) @ 4,800 rpm and torque at 400 ft-lbf (542 N-m) @ 3,600 rpm.

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What is a 69 GTO worth?

1969 Pontiac GTO sells for $620,000 at Gainesville collector's auction.

Why is GTO called The Judge?

The Pontiac GTO was introduced in 1963 as a 1964 model. The significant event of 1969 was the launch of a new Pontiac GTO model called 'The Judge'. The Judge name came from a comedy routine, "Here Comes the Judge", used repeatedly by Sammy Davis Jr. on the enormously popular "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV" show.

What was the first GTO?

First Generation Pontiac GTO (1964 to 1967) The original Pontiac GTO started as an optional package for the Pontiac LeMans in 1964. This package offered increased power, with the GTO providing an upgraded 6.4-liter, 389-cubic-inch V-8 engine, which put out an impressive 325 horsepower.

What years did GTO have tripower?

The Tri-Power package was available from 1964-1966. It would cost the customer $90 to $100 (with $6.75 or $7.50 handling).

What year was the first GTO Judge?

“The Judge” was an options package that was only available for 1969 Pontiac GTOs. It was introduced to try and reverse the decline in GTO sales.

Part 2: Pontiac GTO History 1968-1969

How much did a 1964 Pontiac GTO cost?

The Coupe started at $2,491, the Hardtop at $2,556 and the Convertible at $2,796.

Which year GTO was the fastest?

On getting to the market, the 2006 GTO was quickly regarded as the fastest GTO ever sold in the US. With the 6.0-liter V8 engine, the car could deliver a whopping 400 HP.

What year is the most desirable Pontiac GTO?

The most valuable Pontiac GTO is the 1969 Judge convertible with the 370-hp Ram Air IV engine. A mere five were built, all with a four-speed transmission. Today, they have an average value of $430,000 in #3 (Good) condition, while the best in the world is worth about $550,000.

How do you tell if it's a real GTO?

When supplied with the VIN of any Pontiac, PHS will produce the copy of the factory invoice or billing history for the car as well as a letter decoding its options. This is the only way to know if a 1964 or '65 GTO is authentic.

How rare is a GTO Judge?

By 1971, the number had halved, and only 3,848 Pontiac GTO Judges were made and sold. By 1971, sales were made and only 374 of the GTOs were Judges. This puts the number at 11,055 on the whole so the Pontiac GTO Judge is a rare but not elusive beast. It's likely to command decent prices at the classic car market.

Did they make a 68 GTO Judge?

Pontiac struck back with the fully redesigned 1968-1969 Pontiac GTO & Judge. In many ways, it was the best yet.

What is the most expensive Pontiac in the world?

A 1988 Pontiac Fiero in perfect concours condition sold at auction early November for a staggering US$90,000, making it the most expensive Fiero ever.

What is a 1969 GTO?

Pontiac's GTO has been credited with essentially inventing the muscle car genre, and though the redesigned 1968 GTO and its new Endura front bumper certainly aided in the original regaining traction in the market it created, it still faced competition from seemingly everywhere. ...

How fast was the 1970 GTO Judge?

Ram Air IV equipped Judges could sprint from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds. The Judge was also pretty formidable on the strip. In their April 1970 edition, Road Test magazine flogged a Ram Air III with a four speed and got a quarter mile ET of 14.77 seconds running 96.5 mph.

What is the top speed of a 2006 Pontiac GTO?

Performance specs aren't half-bad, with a 0-60 time of around four seconds, and a delimited top speed of 178 mph. The GTO was discontinued in the United States halfway through the 2006 model year because it couldn't meet new 2007 airbag crash test safety standards.