The Pontiac GTO was massively redesigned for 1968 and carried over into 1969 with relatively few changes. The 2-door post coupe had disappeared, and only hardtop coupes and convertibles were offered, with a broader fuselage-styled body. Even less brightwork was used overall, though the rear bumper was massive. The 1969 GTO retained the new flexible Endura front bumper, which could withstand light impacts. Vent windows were gone, a GTO badge appeared on the front fenders and the GTO nameplate was on the right side of the rear deck lid. Disappearing headlights remained an option, while the dual-gate Hurst automatic shifter was discontinued.
Overall, the muscle car races were still going strong and competition was intensifying. As a result, GTO production slipped from 87,684 in 1968 to 72,287. There were 58,126 hardtops sold but only 7,328 convertibles.
Featuring a big-block V-8 engine and a body as small as Pontiac’s midsize LeMans model, the Pontiac GTO set a new standard for street power and soon gave birth to an entire new market segment, still known as "muscle" cars.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
350 bhp, 400 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, four-speed transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions; GM Heritage Center
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