1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible 455HO
The world was changing every day in 1970. The Concorde made its first supersonic flight at more than 700 mph, the Beatles split up after recording ‘Let It Be’, and 240,000 U.A.W. members struck out against General Motors for improved working conditions. The muscle car scene was similarly changing, because a single-minded focus on performance wasn't cutting it with buyers any more. Pontiac's GTO, which launched the muscle car phenomenon of the 1960s, found itself flailing in a sea of imitators in 1970. To stand above the crowd, this year's GTO got a handsome restyle, a host of different big-bore engines, and a fantastic number of luxury and performance options. These qualities are what makes the 1970 Pontiac GTO one of the most highly sought-after muscle cars of the era.
‘Red Hills Rods & Classics’ is proud to offer you this absolutely gorgeous, numbers-matching, and rotisserie restored 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible 455HO 4-Speed, one of only (158) built! Finished in its factory correct Cardinal Red (Code 75), wrapped around an absolutely beautiful red bucket-seat interior w/ console, this car is an absolute show-stopper! We acquired this GTO Convertible from Tom Stutzman, a very well-known Pontiac GTO collector & aficionado. The rotisserie restoration is absolutely dead-on and factory correct in every way. All of the original sheet-metal is super straight all the way around the car, and the Cardinal Red paint is simply gorgeous, w/ a brilliant shine. All of the chrome and stainless-steel trim is in show-quality condition throughout, and the correct white vinyl convertible top looks like new. T3 headlights light up the road while she rolls on original Pontiac Rally II wheels, wrapped w/ factory correct Firestone Wide-Oval Polyglas G70-14 tires. From front to back, and top to bottom, this GTO Judge is pure Pontiac excellence!
When you open the driver’s door and slide into the ‘perfect’ factory correct red vinyl interior w/ console (Code 254), you will swear that it’s 1970 all over again. For GTO fanatics such as ourselves, nothing else quite feels as good as sitting in the high-back bucket seat, with your left hand gripping the custom sport steering, while your right hand is wrapped around the 4-speed shifter, looking out over that long scooped-up hood. The beautiful red bucket-seat interior illustrates the luxury side of the GTO’s personality, incorporating a woodgrain trimmed Rallye instrument cluster w/ a beautiful engine-turned switch plate. All of the original gauges, lights, blinkers, AM radio, etc. are in perfect working order, and everything is factory correct and bone-stock in appearance. They just don’t make them like this anymore, period! The trunk area is beautifully restored as well, featuring the correct trunk mat, spare wheel, spare tire & tire cover, and factory jack assembly.
Pop open the hood and nestled inside the beautifully detailed engine bay resides the original numbers-matching 455ci motor (Code WA), which was completely rebuilt to factory specifications by LMR (Legget Motor Rebuilding) in Athens GA. Look closely under the hood and you will see that everything is factory correct throughout. The original 455ci/360hp motor w/ it’s tremendous 500 Ft. Lbs./Torque is linked to the original numbers-matching Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed transmission, which was completely rebuilt by Dennis Maroudas @ DME in Forest Hills, Kentucky. The original 3.31 Safe-T-Track rear end (Code XU) was also rebuilt and completely gone through at the time of the restoration. Acquiring a 1970 GTO 455HO car w/ an all-original driveline is extremely rare, and just another aspect of this car that makes it so special. This gorgeous GTO fires up nicely, settling into a nice smooth idle, and runs, drives and performs beautifully in every way. Needless to say, these 455HO cars are extremely quick w/ loads of power & torque, and they are an absolute blast to drive. The factory power steering and power disc brakes make driving around town effortless, and when you get her out on the highway, she tracks straight and true. Of course, this piece of muscle car history is fully documented by the bulletproof Pontiac Historical Services (PHS) paperwork, which shows all of the 23 options that the car left the factory with.
This GTO Convertible 455HO 4-Speed car represents the pinnacle of performance & styling for Pontiac, making it highly collectible and sought after by American muscle car enthusiasts worldwide. With such a limited amount produced, they are certain to continue to appreciate in the years to come. If you are searching for an investment-grade GTO that can win ‘First Place’ awards @ any national level automotive event, or simply one that can be driven and enjoyed to the fullest, it will be very hard to beat this gorgeous 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible 455HO!