This is a real-deal 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible that has a nice style everywhere from the design of the upholstery to the clean look of the V8. And the distinct color might even make this one an even rarer example of a muscle car drop-top legend.
We could start by telling you how rare these second-year GTO convertibles are, but you probably already know that Ford basically sold more Mustangs in a week than Pontiac produced drop-top GTOs in 1965. But the trim tag tells an even more interesting story. The paint code tells us that this GTO was originally born in special order color, Tiger Gold! While it is no longer this color, it is painted a distinct Salmon color, and we actually like that choice even more! There's a nice metallic glow in the sunlight and an overall cruiser-ready attitude that will make you want to be the first one to Cars & Coffee on a Sunday morning. Plus, a GTO comes with a great power car look that includes stacked headlights, Rally wheels, bright dual exhaust tips, and a hood scoop. This even has a distinct sporty red pinstripe that looks great against the unique salmon paint. More than just the color, you'll like the car for an overall level of respect. This has been with the same owner for nearly 15 years, and you see the proper care in details like the shine of the chrome bumpers, the fit of the clean convertible top, nice glass, good weather-stripping, and the way the doors line up as they close with confidence. It makes for the kind of car where you welcome all the attention the distinct color gets because the overall presentation is one you'll show off with pride.
The black folding roof powers down to reveal an attractive black interior. There are plenty of nice details like the vintage vacuum gauge, GTO logo door panels, the courtesy lights embedded in the rear panel, a color-matched convertible boot, and the correct arrowhead emblem embossed into the setbacks. You're going to find an overall easy-cruiser feeling to this interior, and so it's nice to have a proper driver's environment. Front bucket seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and the sporty round gauge panel make you want to hop in and go for a drive.
Under the hood is Pontiac's famous 389 cubic-inch V8. This powerhouse is on full display with the clean dark inner walls funneling your attention to the bright turquoise block in the middle. While details like the air grabber and decals also look correct, there are also the right investments here. You'll appreciate the Mickey Thompson finned valve covers and newer dual exhaust. Plus, the mighty motor inhales deeper with an Edelbrock AVS2 four-barrel carburetor. The result is a strong V8 package that warms up to be a solid driver. And this anytime/anywhere cruiser feeling is heightened by the automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes.
The sale comes complete with Pontiac Historic Services (PHS) paperwork, maintenance records, boxes of additional parts, and a car cover. With a package this attractive you're going to want to hurry up and call today!