1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible 400/350 AC Car in Excellent Driving Condition
The Pontiac GTO was manufactured by Pontiac from 1963 to 1974 for the 1964 to 1974 model years The first generation of the GTO is credited as popularizing the muscle car market segment in the 1960s. The Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models. For the 1964 and 1965 model years, the GTO was an optional package on the intermediate-sized Pontiac Lemans. The GTO became a separate model from 1966 to 1971. It became an optional package again for the 1972 and 1973 intermediate LeMans. For 1974, the GTO was an optional trim package on the compact-sized Ventura.
General Motors redesigned its A-body line for 1968, with more curvaceous, semi-fastback styling, he wheelbase was shortened to 112.0 in on all two-door models. Overall length was reduced 5.9 inches and height dropped half an inch, but overall weight was up about 75 lb. Pontiac abandoned the familiar vertically stacked headlights in favor of a horizontal layout, but made hidden headlights available at extra cost. The concealed headlights were a popular option. The signature hood scoop was replaced by dual scoops on either side of a prominent hood bulge extending rearward from the protruding nose. A unique feature was the body-color Endura front bumper. It was designed to absorb impact without permanent deformation at low speeds. Pontiac touted this feature heavily in advertising, showing hammering at the bumper to no discernible effect. The GTO was selected as the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1968.
The Tempest model line received another facelift for the 1970 model year. Hidden headlights were deleted in favor of four exposed round headlamps outboard of narrower grille openings. The nose retained the protruding vertical prow theme, although it was less prominent. While the standard Tempest and LeMans had chrome grilles, the GTO retained the Endura urethane cover around the headlamps and grille. The suspension was upgraded with the addition of a rear anti-roll bar, essentially the same bar as used on the Oldsmobile 442 and Buick Gran Sport. The front anti-roll bar was slightly stiffer. The result was a useful reduction in body lean in turns and a modest reduction of understeer. Another handling-related improvement was optional variable-ratio power steering. Rather than a fixed ratio of 17.5:1, requiring four turns lock-to-lock, the new system varied its ratio from 14.6:1 to 18.9:1, needing 3.5 turns lock-to-lock. Turning diameter was reduced from 40.9 feet to 37.4 feet.
This very nice example has been well cared for by its long term collector owner, and in fact has had the following work recently performed: New Brakes, Tires, Alternator, Voltage Regulator, Water Pump, and PS Hoses. The car runs and drives without fault and is regularly driven and taken to local car shows. Finished in Granada Gold over a Black Interior with Black Top, the car is simply gorgeous and attracts positive thumbs up everywhere it goes. Well Optioned with AC and the 400/350 Automatic Transmission, this car is a joy to drive and take on long distance trips. Accompanied by its original Owner's Manual. Protecto Plate, and PHS Certificate, this GTO is correct in every manner; and a sure bet for increased value as the years pass.