Pontiac GTO Hurst Convertible Riverside 500 Pace Car
This famous GTO was purchased new by Motor Trend Magazine and George Hurst of Hurst Performance Products. The original "Protect-O-Plate" is made out to "MOTOR TREND", and the 1964 California title application is for "Mr. George Hurst, Hurst & Campbell Company."
The very first car to sport the now legendary Hurst Wheels, it was used to introduce that same product at the Ambassador Hotel Hurst Press Party on January 5th, 1965. Serial numbers stamped into the wheels prove that it still wears the original set installed in December of 1964.
George Hurst and Motor Trend similarly prepared another GTO, and the two were named official pace cars for the 1965 Motor Trend Riverside "500" race. The plan was to award one to the race winner, in this case none other than Dan Gurney, and the other to a ticket holder at the race. Dan’s car is thought to have been crushed many years ago, but this one went to a lucky winner who sold it to a collector three years later. Carefully stored until 1996, it has been a feature member of the Dana Mecum Collection.
"Sister Car" to the 1965 Hurst "Gee-TO Tiger, this car is original and unrestored, with just 20,000 original miles. The car’s original lettering has been exactly replicated using period photographs. In addition to the Hurst provenance, it is also a documented factory Tri-Power 4-speed car, loaded with options as George Hurst always ordered his cars. As significant as GTOs have become in their own right, this car has to be considered a priceless piece of Pontiac history.
The Hurst/Motor Trend Riverside 500 Pace Car was the cover car for the March 2006 Car Collector Magazine, with a full article by Paul Zazarine. It was also featured on "V-8 TV" in 2007 with Jim Wangers and Pontiac writer/historian Paul Zazarine.
- Originally purchased by Motor Trend Magazine and George Hurst of Hurst Performance Products
- Original "Protect-O-Plate" made out to "MOTOR TREND"
- 1964 California title application is for "Mr. George Hurst, Hurst & Campbell Company”
- White with Black interior
- Loaded with options
- 389 Tri Power
- The first car to wear Hurst wheels
- Original and unrestored
- 20,000 miles
- March 2006 Car Collector Magazine cover car
- Featured on V-8 TV in 2007 with Jim Wangers and Pontiac writer/historian Paul Zazarine
Source: Mecum Auctions