Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Spring

Lot : SP97
1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Convertible

Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not Sold at a High Bid of $74,000

    In 1964, as Detroit sought to capture the performance-oriented youth market, Pontiac stunned the automotive community by introducing a specially outfitted Tempest sporting a 389 cubic inch V8 engine and a heavy-duty suspension. The car, named GTO at John DeLorean’s insistence, was America’s answer to the sporty grand touring cars of Europe, and was capable of neck-snapping acceleration and aggressive handling. In 1969, the performance leader of the GTO lineup was the Ram Air IV, equipped with a free-breathing 400 cubic inch V8 engine with new cylinder heads, a radical cam profile, revised rocker arms, heavy-duty internal components, and an aluminum intake manifold with a big Rochester Quadrajet carburetor. Of course, cold air was fed to the engine by a pair of well-engineered, functional hood scoops. The result was an underrated 370 horsepower, and Ram Air IV-equipped GTOs quickly established dominance on the street and the track, with low 14-second quarter-mile times.

    This incredible, matching numbers example was originally sold through Grey Motors of Owen Sound, Ontario, and in fact, the car has spent its entire life in Grey County. Today, it displays a complete, body-off restoration that was completed in 1993, and it is one of just 14 examples that were originally equipped with the Ram Air IV engine and M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission. A proven show winner, the GTO also comes complete with documentation from Pontiac Historical Services and GM Oshawa, as well as its build sheet and dealer invoice.