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1971 Pontiac GTO

Restored Numbers Matching GTO 400 V8 M20 4 Speed
Stock #
134190
Body Style
Hardtop
Engine
400 V8
Exterior Color
Bronze
Interior Color
Sandalwood
Miles
97408

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1971 Pontiac GTO Bronze For Sale
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  • Original 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8
  • Factory power steering
  • Correct Castillian Bronze paint
  • Sale includes a set of black steel wheels
  • Original Muncie M20 4-speed
  • Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct Sandalwood interior
  • Safe-T-Track rear end that’s complete with correct 3.55 gears
  • 15 inch Rally II wheels
  • Fully documented

Ever hear the old saying “That’s a horse of a different color”? It’s an age-old idiom popularized by Dorothy and her pals in The Wizard of Oz, and it literally means a fact or issue that challenges irrelevant assumptions and shatters preconceived notions. Here at RK Motors Charlotte we don’t know much about horses, but we do know a heck of a lot about goats. And this fully documented GTO is literally and figuratively “a goat of a different color”. With its refreshing Castillian Bronze and Sandalwood aesthetics, it ends the irrelevant assumption that Detroit’s premier muscle car builders couldn’t make anything without bathing it in neon paint. And as a three owner piece that still maintains a numbers-matching powerplant, it shatters the preconceived notion that all collector cars have to include six-figure bank withdrawals. If you’re in the market for a blue chip muscle car that’s as much fun to drive as it is to show, there’s no place like the cockpit of this rare GTO!

Naturally, an offering of this caliber comes with substantial provenance. One of the many items included with this GTO’s sale is a copy of an original build sheet that highlights the following optional equipment:

  • A02: Tinted windshield
  • A51: Standard bucket seats
  • B30: Carpet
  • B50: Foam front seat cushions
  • B80: Roof drip moldings
  • B83: Rocker panel moldings
  • C24: Recessed wipers
  • D10: Armrest ash trays
  • H02: 3.55 axle ratio
  • JL1: Custom pedal trim
  • L78: 400 cubic inch V8 that’s equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor
  • M20: 4-speed transmission
  • N10: Dual exhaust
  • N30: Deluxe steering wheel
  • N98: Rally II wheels
  • PK5: G70x14 white letter tires
  • U05: Dual horns
  • U27: Glove box lamp
  • U28: Ash tray lamp
  • U30: Auxiliary gauges
  • VK1: Front license plate delete
  • LWR 67: Castillian Bronze lower paint
  • UPR 67: Castillian Bronze upper paint

The recent beneficiary of a highly detailed, frame-off restoration, this super slick GTO wears correct GM code 67 Castillian Bronze urethane under a rugged clearcoat shell. Back in 1971, the car was ordered through Crown Pontiac of St. Petersburg, Florida and delivered to Audrey P. Lieb looking almost as good as it does today. Sight down the sides of its spectacular body and you’ll find straight panels that feature better-than-factory fit. On top of those panels, a deep and rich finish, which displays no sign of waviness or major defects, has been buffed to an eye-popping shine. And overall, this Pontiac is one clean, lust-worthy classic that looks great idling across the show field or hammering down the highway!

By the early 70s, Pontiac had pretty much perfected its revolutionary performance car both mechanically and aesthetically. At the front of this goat’s body, a highly renowned Endura bumper hangs mesh ‘kidney’ grilles and a pristine white “G T O” emblem between four chrome-seated headlights and clear parking lamps. Behind those grilles, a Formula-style hood incorporates Pontiac’s signature ‘twin nostrils’ in front of recessed windshield wipers and like-new glass that’s framed in excellent stainless trim. At the sides of those nostrils, expressive ‘coke bottle’ fenders are highlighted by dent-free rocker trim, bright “GTO” call-outs, traditional GM door handles and a correct chrome mirror. And at the back of that rocker trim, a thick chrome bumper hangs segmented tail lights between a small Hurst emblem, a third “GTO” call-out and bright quad-outlet exhaust tips.

Pop the hood on this awesome GTO and you’ll find an original, 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 that’s branded with a familiar 481988 casting number, a correct “WK” engine stamp and a matching 119840 partial VIN. Turning stout 8.2 to 1 compression into 300 horsepower and 400 lb./ft. of torque, this fully rebuilt and thoroughly detailed powerhouse utilizes original, open chamber heads, large diameter valves, revised rocker arms and a high performance cam to provide the legendary Pontiac performance we all know and love. At the top of the storied mill, a black, dual-snorkel air cleaner funnels wind into an original Quadrajet 4-barrel. Behind that carburetor, a traditional points distributor shoots fire though fresh AC Delco 7mm Premium Wires. Below those wires, restored, cast iron exhaust manifolds roar into large, true-dual pipes. And in front of those pipes, a heavy duty radiator holds a correct fan shroud between pliable GM hoses, reproduction tower clamps and a standard issue pulley fan. The hot Pontiac block displays slick Turquoise pigment from its intake all the way to its oil pan. The car’s fenders, firewall and hood are covered in a smooth combination of Castillian Bronze and Satin Black. And niceties such as correct decals, a blue carburetor spring, a fresh Delco Moraine brake booster and a new Delco Energizer battery can be found in all the right places.

Park this Pontiac on a lift and you’ll really begin to appreciate the amount of time spent on its frame-off restoration. Clean Castillian Bronze floors, which appear to be original, ride above a satin black frame that’s held together with new stainless hardware. Traveling up and down those floors is straight stainless fuel and brake lines that run to either a fresh stainless fuel tank or correct power front disc and rear drum brakes. In the middle of the chassis, a correct Muncie M20 4-speed sends power through a fresh driveshaft to big 3.55 gears and a rebuilt Safe-T-Track rear end. The car’s Firm Ride double A-arm front and 4-link rear suspension has been completely restored with correct variable-ratio power steering, fresh road-sensing shocks and correct GTO sway bars. A mandrel-bent, true-dual exhaust system lines an X-shaped crossover up with welded Pypes Street Pro mufflers. At the corners of the floor, 15 inch Pontiac Rally II wheels spin modern 225/70 Goodyear Eagle GTIIs around red-lettered “PMD” center caps. And if you, like me, prefer a look that’s a little rougher around the edges, our sale includes a full set of painted steelies and dog dish hubcaps.

Take a look inside this A-Body’s airy cockpit and you’ll find a correct GM code 267 Sandalwood vinyl interior that’s a combination of both new and original equipment. At the front of the car, a straight and crack-free dash wears original, engine turned trim below bright wood applique and original gauges. At the center of the floor, an original Hurst shifter rides between fully restored and stainless-trimmed Sandalwood seats. At the sides of those seats, good looking Sandalwood door panels hang engine-turned “GTO” emblems above correct stainless trim and fresh chrome hardware. Below those panels, clean carpet contrasts correct, chrome-trimmed foot pedals and heavy duty rubber floor mats. In front of the driver, an original steering wheel spins correct Sandalwood paint. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk hides a correct mat, new tools and a full-size spare tire beneath a new decklid decal.

The sale of this supremely cool GTO includes: an original owner’s manual, some original dealer documents, an original Protect-O-Plate, a complete ownership history, a packet of Pontiac Historic Services paperwork, a stack of recent maintenance receipts, a Year One catalog, a matching Johnny Lightning die cast and the aforementioned copy of the car’s original build sheet.

This is definitely one of the coolest GTOs we’ve ever featured, and most folks who love muscle cars will agree that early 70s Pontiacs were a high-water mark in terms of styling, performance and exclusivity. With its solid restoration and numbers-matching V8, nothing will interfere with this car being both a weapon on the street and a winner in the show field!

Basic

Year
1971
Make
Pontiac
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
GTO
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
97408

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
400 V8
Engine Number
481988
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Muncie M20
Transmission Number
3925661

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM Radio
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Sandalwood
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Bronze
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
4-Link
Axle Specification
10 bolt 3.55 Safe-T-Track
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
225/70R15
Rear Tire Specification
225/70R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
n/a

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
Original owner’s manual. Original dealer documents. Original Protect-O-Plate. Copy of the car’s original build sheet. Small ownership history. Pontiac Historic Services paperwork. Recent maintenance receipts. Year One catalog. Johnny Lightning die cast.

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