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Engine Size400 Ram Air Iii V8
Transmission4 Speed Automatic
This very sinister-looking 1972 Pontiac GTO is a long way from its original configuration but it's not quite a resto-mod. Instead, it's everything you want from a GTO: 400 cubic inch V8, predatory looks, and a comfortable, upscale interior that's more than a kid's toy. This is what GTOs have always been about.
Dressed in black, there's no mistaking this as anything other than a street brawler. Everybody spots this GTO coming a mile away and gives it the respect it's earned. Most 1972 GTOs were mere shadows of their former selves, but not with this car. Every square inch of the bodywork was drenched in glossy black paint, from the distinctive twin-nostril grille up front to the sleek rear end that's thankfully devoid of a wing. They added a Ram Air hood up front, which works perfectly with the Endura front bumper and the grille openings, but otherwise it's just the way the factory made it. Paint quality is quite good, and while there are signs of age and use here and there, you're going to find that this is a very popular car at shows and everyone will be giving you the big "thumbs up" on the street. Proper GTO emblems and decals were added where needed and the bright wheel arch trim only seems to accentuate the lowered stance. This is a great-looking car.
The interior of this GTO also got a makeover, most notably a set of black leather buckets from a late-model GTO. That's a good choice because it keeps the Pontiac DNA intact, and it's even better because they come complete with aggressive bolsters and GTO embroidery that even matches the font of the emblems on the quarter panels. Nice! The rest is vintage 1972 performance spec, complete with big, round gauges, a set of auxiliary dials down on the console, and a chrome B&M shifter for the upgraded TH2004R 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. The three-spoke wheel and engine-turned panels are pure GTO and there's an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit tucked neatly into the dash. Nice door panels, newer carpets, and a taut headliner give it a very well-finished feel. The trunk is also neatly trimmed with a proper mat and a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
This GTO delivers big in the horsepower department thanks to a stout Pontiac Ram Air III 400 cubic inch V8. Rebuilt and fitted with an Edelbrock intake, Demon 4-barrel carburetor, and an HEI ignition system. It snarls to life easily, idles well, and pulls with the gusto that you'd expect from Pontiac's finest. It's dressed in Pontiac Turquoise engine enamel, black valve covers, and a matching black air cleaner with a reproduction decal just to tie things together. Up front there's a giant aluminum radiator and it is fitted with both power steering and power front disc brakes. The chassis is clean but not detailed for show, but it is fitted with giant sway bars, long-tube headers, and a rumbling exhaust that speaks for itself. A recent gas tank hangs out back, newer shocks are at the corners, and it wears 15-inch American Racing wheels with 215/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Complete with PHS documentation and an original factory buildsheet, this is what a GTO should be and what it might have been if insurance and gas prices hadn't conspired to kill horsepower. This is a very cool car with a timeless look. She won't last! Call now!