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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1964 Pontiac GTO 389 V8, 325 HP - For Sale (Click Here)


Classic Muscle Car For Sale:
Got documentation? We’re not talking mere PHS paperwork here! This beautiful ’64 GTO convertible, the first of the breed, one of only 6,664 cars, with a ton of options and past AACA show winnings, has a paperwork collection the likes of which we rarely see here!

We love to obsess over paperwork, so this car ranks highly with us! Start with the ORIGINAL build sheet from the Pontiac, MI plant—those are nearly impossible to find, and this one’s mint! The original Protect-O-Plate generated at the plant follows the car along, as well. From there you can prove you’re looking at the ORIGINAL drivetrain. As the car was being completed, the car shipping record (a virtual mirror of the window sticker) was generated, and the dealer copy is here. Ten days after its birth it was sold new at Herlong Implement and Motor Company in Johnston, SC. You don’t normally find cars and farm equipment in the same title, but Herlong dealt in Pontiacs, Ramblers, GMC trucks…and Allis-Chalmers tractors! Take that, modern all-in-one dealers! Clifford Bedelle Boatwright traded his ’60 Corvair and $2975 for the brand new machine, according to the ORIGINAL bill of sale. He financed $3000 through Ridge Banking Co., paying a $1 fee for the filing. He must have used the last $24 for gas money! We have a photocopy of his original title, the original owner’s and warranty manuals and an original brochure. That’s documented!

The original shipping record shows a TON of options:

2267 Lemans convertible (GTO was not its own model yet)

77J Powerglide automatic transmission

382 GTO package

392 Pushbutton AM radio

404 Underhood lamp

421 Dual speed wipers and washer system

424 Padded dash

451 Remote trunk release

454 Tilt wheel

462 Deluxe wheel covers

471 Reverse lights (not mandatory yet in ’64)

481, 482, 492, 494 Trunk light, glove box light, ash tray light and parking brake lamp

501 Power steering

502 Power brakes

532 Soft-Ray tinted windshield

551 power windows

564 Power driver seat

572 Spare tire cover

601 Center console

602 Driver side outside mirror

604 Clock

631, 632 Floor mats (F/R)

701 Safe-T-Track differential (3.23 gears with the drivetrain combination)

All told that’s more than $1200 worth of options on a $2800 car! For cosmetics you’re looking at code W Nocturne Blue paint with an Ivory top, whitewall tires and a code 215 Dark Blue Morrokide interior. Racy it isn’t but beautiful it is.

Clifford relinquished his well-cared-for and rust free but aged car in 1994 with a mere 59,200 miles on the odometer. The next owner commissioned a full frame-off job and sent out the engine and transmission for rebuilding. The original 389 got the works, with a .030 overbore, a .010/.010 cut on the crank, all new internals and more. The original transmission went through the same treatment and shifts as new. With such a solid platform and all original components the restoration was an easy one!

After completion, the car hit both the road and the show circuit. It won an AACA senior division National First, and has won at nearly every level since. There are approximately 6500 miles on the odometer since its rebirth and it has aged gracefully into what is known as a “concours driver.” That doesn’t mean it’s in poor shape, though—it was one of only ten vehicles chosen for the 100th anniversary review of significant GM products at last year’s Amelia Island Concours!

All original panels and trim are on the exterior of the glossy, flat body. T3 bulbs are up front in the original headlight bezels next to the original grille. Clifford kept the car indoors when he wasn’t driving it, so many problems with old cars didn’t happen with this car! New emblems, clean lenses and the original wheels with the restored original hubcaps look fantastic. The tires are Goodyear F70x14 units. They’re a little wider than stock, and the redlines look great on ANY Goat! The glass is nice and clear and the car looks fantastic from any angle.

The interior is as nice as it is loaded. Comfy buckets, the original gauges and console, fully functional power windows, power steering, the original wood wheel and more are in excellent condition. An excellent dash, new carpet and clean door panels make this a nice place to spend miles.

Underneath you’ll find clean panels, nice detailing and a new Gardner exhaust system. Numbers matching, clean and well sorted—what else do you want from a chassis? The story’s the same in the trunk, with a proper spare, the correct jack, mat and tire cover. All that and there’s plenty of room for your gear.

Open the hood and check out the detailed engine bay full of hard-to-find parts. The power steering pump, the accessory brackets and the pulleys are all ’64-only pieces which can bring down an otherwise nice restoration—again, this low mileage, untouched car is correct. Proper chrome pieces from the air cleaner to the valve covers add sparkle while the inner fenders are uniformly satin black. Rebuilt brakes, clean fluids, Packard wires and more look the part and do what they should.

From its incredible option list, to its amazing collection of documentation, to its show-winning history, this is a great investment grade GTO. With its miles since completion it’s an excellent driver with great road manners, and will spin heads at every GTO event from coast to coast. It doesn’t get any better than this one!

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