CARROLL STREET AUTO
Manchester, NH 03102
No less than an automotive icon, the 1964 Pontiac GTO started the exciting muscle car segment in fine style. Up until then, the idea of stuffing a nearly 400 cubic-inch V8 into a midsize car was unheard of. But when Pontiac dropped a beefed-up version of its large car 389 V8 into the handsome, midsize Tempest body, a legend was born. With 325 horsepower as standard and 348 hp available via Tri-Power (triple 2-barrel) carburetion, muscle was indeed in abundant supply. A Hurst-shifted 3-speed manual (a 4-speed and an automatic were optional) along with a firmed-up heavy-duty suspension, dual exhausts and bucket seats rounded out The Goats credentials. Owned by just one family for the past 45 years, this GTO was purchased by a Vietnam vet in 1972. He enjoyed driving the car and even occasionally drag raced it on weekends until he became ill and eventually passed the car on to his brother. The GTO then sat for over two decades in dry storage. Around five years ago the brother decided to restore the car, a labor of love that was completed around two years ago. Simply stunning in its black on black color scheme, this fully restored 64 GTO boasts nearly all original sheet metal. The solid frame, floors and undercarriage similarly provide proof of its minimal usage and garaged life. Starting with that solid foundation, the Gulfstream Aqua GTO was stripped down to bare metal and refinished in Starlight Black, a factory correct color for that year GTO. Complementing that beautiful, high-end black finish are precise panel fitments, highly polished stainless trim and show quality re-chromed bumpers. New tinted glass, new window rubber/felts and a set of polished 15-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels fitted with 235/60R15 BFG Radial T/As beautifully finish off the cars exterior. Open the door and youll see that the interior was completely restored in black, and that the seats were properly done with new foam cushions and the correct upholstery pattern. New door panels, carpet, dash top and various chrome hardware are evident as well. In other words, it essentially feels like getting into a brand new 64 GTO. Other highlights include the optional and rare custom sports 4-spoke steering wheel, a set of auxiliary gauges under the dash and a AM/FM/Bluetooth audio system that has an M look. Though not the original engine, the fully rebuilt 389 V8 now in the car boasts a 1965 block fitted with free-breathing 1969 #48 cylinder heads, an Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake and an Edelbrock Performer carb. A new four core radiator, an electric choke and an HEI ignition system make for more fuss-free driving and maintenance, while the stock exhaust manifolds exhale through a 2.5-inch dual exhaust running Flow Master mufflers. Sending the power to the rear wheels is a rebuilt, numbers-matching, Muncie M20 4-speed transmission with a new clutch and a Hurst Competition Plus shifter. The Safe-T-Track limited slip rear end packs a 3.23:1 gearset, offering a nice balance between thrilling acceleration and relaxed highway cruising. Power steering and manual brakes round out the car and driver interface. With less than 2,500 miles since this comprehensive and gorgeous restoration, and complete with PHS docs, this 1964 GTO is ready to provide miles of smiles to its next owner. Transport and financing are available.