West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely stunning and exceptional example of this very straight and completely rust free 1966 Pontiac GTO 389 Tri-Power 2 door Hardtop with an original date correct YF Code 389 V8 engine equipped with the upgraded correct dealer installed 'Royal Bobcat Performance Package' 3x2 BBL Tri-Power carbs and hood scoop, an upgraded M20 4 speed wide ratio manual transmission, with 'Strato' Bucket seats, dual 'splitter' exhausts, Deluxe wheel discs, power steering 'wonder touch' ($94.79), power brakes ($41.60) which have been upgraded to a dual power master cylinder, wooden steering wheel, front & rear seat belts ($10.53), instrument panel pad, front and rear carpets, deck emblems, back up lamps, soft ray glass windows ($30.54), dual horns and pushbutton AM radio ($81.09) with a manual antenna!
Original VIN # is 242176Z108858.
Please note that the car now has an Arizona state reassigned VIN # AZ361256and has a "Restored Salvage" title. Apparently the car was reportedly stolen and recovered and the reassigned VIN was then issued for the car before it was restored as described. A copy of the cars original windows sticker and build sheet and PHS docs are shown in the photos below.
Original factory options included:
Deluxe Steering Wheel Dual Horns Red line tires Strato Bucket Seats Heavy duty battery
Upgraded options include:
Power Steering Power Brakes Tinted Glass Rebuilt date correct YF Code 389 V8 bored .30 over with correct Tri Power setup M20 4 spd manual transmission Pushbutton Radio Richmond gears 3.55 rear end Digital Stereo & Dakota Gauges
A 1966 389 BLOCK WAS COMPLETELY REBUILT USING SEALED PRO PISTONS AND RINGS. CLEVITTE 77 BEARINGS WERE USED ON A REGROUND ARMA-STEEL CRANK. 1965 421 (No. 77), HEADS WERE REDONE AND USED ON THE 389 BLOCK. A COMP CAM PERFORMANCE CAM& LIFTERS WAS USED IN THE BUILD. A COMPLETE NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM WAS ADDED WITH TURBO MUFFLERS WITH CORRECT CHROME TIPS. CORRECT 1966 TRI-POWER MANIFOLD AND CARBS (ONE YEAR ONLY WITH LARGE CENTER CARB), WAS USED. NEW SPRINGS, BALL JOINTS, POWER STEERING COMPONENTS. FRESHLY REBUILD DIFFERENTIAL WITH POSI-TRAC AND NEW 3:73 TO 1 RING AND PINION. MUNCIE 4-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH HURST COMPETITION PLUS SHIFTER. 4 CORE OEM RADIATOR. OEM RALLEY I WHEELS. ALL NEW INTERIOR TO INCLUDE NEW PUI PARCHMENT SEATS, NEW PUI DOOR PANELS, NEW ACC CARPET WITH RUBBER UNDER LAMENT, NEW PADDED DASH, NEW HEAD LINER AND PACKAGE TRAY.
The car looks extremely impressive in this professional and stunning 'Barrier Blue' repaint and with the 'Parchment' bucket seat interior in absolutely exceptional condition! The car has all it's original logos and has a very desirable installed 'Tri-Power' carbs performance package, 4 speed manual transmission and Power Steering & Power Brakes with a tachometer, pushbutton radio and manual antenna, Deluxe Wheel Discs, back-up lamps, soft ray glass and chrome drip moldings. The brightwork design on the dashboard, the dashboard itself, the headliner, the carpets and all the seats are in absolutely exceptional condition with virtually no signs of wear and tear! All the chrome work is also in very good condition and the original spare wheel is in the trunk.
The 389 V8 engine is extremely strong and powerful and has the added high performance package of tri-power carburetors which with the 4 speed manual transmission makes this particular car drive absolutely magnificently - must be driven to be believed - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will really give any modern day sports car a run for it's money! The 4 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!
This is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully restored and upgraded with desirable options 1966 Pontiac GTO 2 Door Hardtop Coupe in very fine condition throughout and as probably as close to as pristine an example as you can hope to find and as any muscle car enthusiast with tell you, this 1966 Pontiac GTO is one very rare and highly desirable and collectible example of one of the outstanding GM muscle car designs of the sixties.
The GTO option package for the Tempest created a new type of vehicle by shoehorning a big block engine into a medium sized car - the muscle car, starting a trend lasting almost ten years before the fuel crisis of 1973! With it's lightweight body and 348 horses under the hood, the GTO was unlike any other car at the time. The 389 cubic inch V8 with the Tri-Power set up is the centerpiece of the GTO package and with the legendary Tri-Power of three two barrel carburetors it boasted 360 bhp.
All first generation GTO's have a special place in collector's hearts as the first of the muscle car species and enjoy milestone status, if not the all time fastest! Tri-Power equipped 2 Door Hardtop coupes seem to have a special aura among enthusiasts too. It was amazing how much torque the GTO had for an essentially stock six-passenger car and it became a legend in it's own time. The GTO could accelerate from 0-60 in under 7 seconds - a quite remarkable feat in it's day and even today! The biggest advantage was it's weight, some 300lbs lighter than most later muscle cars, made this beast very quick off the line.
In summary, this is one unique opportunity to own a turn-key ready to enjoy today 1966 4 speed stick shift 389 V8 Tri-Power GTO with very desirable options which include power steering and power brakes for a thoroughly modern drive! A splendid example of this increasingly desirable and collectible 1966 Pontiac GTO and a muscle car investment that's sure to appreciate over the years for any Pontiac enthusiast, classic American sixties car collector or simply any muscle car enthusiast!