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#4757453 - 05/14/18 10:09 PM Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 792
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
From afar I thought it was a Firebird:




6.5 litre? That works out to about 396 cubic inches. Was this the Chevy big block, or was there, coincidentally, a Pontiac engine of about the same displacement?


Manual tranny, likely a 4-speed.



Check out that hood-mounted tach - the original heads-up display. 5000 RPM redline - not bad for a big pushrod mill.


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#4757457 - 05/14/18 10:23 PM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 03/05/08
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Loc: MB, Canada
The "6.5 Litre" designation is a Pontiac-only engine, not a variant of a Chevrolet Big Block. It displaces 400 cubic inches, and is not a "small block" or "big block" as people refer to Chevrolet engines.

Pontiac used 389 cubic inch engines in the 1964-66 GTOs (some with the optional tri-power carburetion system). In 1967, the 389 was replaced by the 400 cubic inch power plant, and the tri-power carburetion system was forever replaced by a single four barrel carburetor.

From 1964 to 1968, Pontiac used the 6.5 Litre badge on the front fenders. In 1969, these badges on the front fenders were changed to a simple "GTO' badge.
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#4757464 - 05/14/18 10:32 PM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
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Nice pics, thanks!!

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#4757465 - 05/14/18 10:36 PM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17478
Loc: PNW
Yep, nice car. I wouldn't take 2 parking spots though, just gives some jealous person an excuse to run a key down the side. Maybe he was watching like a hawk from across the lot.

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#4757486 - 05/14/18 11:31 PM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Nice to see a goat in good condition like that.
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#4757558 - 05/15/18 06:20 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 06/25/15
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"Little GTO" my hindquarters...maybe compared to an aircraft carrier!!

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#4757562 - 05/15/18 06:25 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: PimTac]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5053
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Those cars are nice!
Wanna get some attention? Take a long crowbar and beat on the 'Endura' rubber bumper just like the guy in the original commercial.

Heavens, when I was a kid I thought that Endura material was going to show up everywhere in cars.

I wouldn't park my classic as close to the buildings as this owner did.

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#4757573 - 05/15/18 06:45 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
A_Harman Offline


Registered: 10/01/10
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Beautiful car. The '68-69 GTO was my first favorite car when I was 7 years old. Back then, I liked all Pontiacs. Then when I graduated from college and got some money, the first car that I bought new was a Pontiac.
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#4757575 - 05/15/18 06:47 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
CincyDavid Offline


Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 684
Loc: Cincinnati, OH USA
Beauty! I was behind a G6 at the gas station the other day, it has some sort of "sport" trim package on it, and the personalized plate said GTO JR. Wishful thinking on the owner's part, no doubt.
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#4757578 - 05/15/18 06:53 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: CincyDavid]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 792
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: CincyDavid
Beauty! I was behind a G6 at the gas station the other day, it has some sort of "sport" trim package on it, and the personalized plate said GTO JR. Wishful thinking on the owner's part, no doubt.

Funny, I'm planning to install a strut and stabilizer bar bushing in my friend's '07 G6 tomorrow.

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#4757585 - 05/15/18 07:00 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: propuckstopper]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 792
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: propuckstopper
The "6.5 Litre" designation is a Pontiac-only engine, not a variant of a Chevrolet Big Block. It displaces 400 cubic inches, and is not a "small block" or "big block" as people refer to Chevrolet engines.

Pontiac used 389 cubic inch engines in the 1964-66 GTOs (some with the optional tri-power carburetion system). In 1967, the 389 was replaced by the 400 cubic inch power plant, and the tri-power carburetion system was forever replaced by a single four barrel carburetor.

From 1964 to 1968, Pontiac used the 6.5 Litre badge on the front fenders. In 1969, these badges on the front fenders were changed to a simple "GTO' badge.

Thanks, I suspected something like that; Pontiac was, in general, still using its own engines back then, although they did use the Chevy SB 327 in the full-sizers (Strato Chief/Laurentian/Parisienne) that same year, and had used the 283 previously.

I don't know why they didn't call their 400 a 6.6 l though. 6.5 l = 396.xxx cu in, and 400 cu in = 6.55xxx l.

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#4757599 - 05/15/18 07:32 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4907
Loc: Tn.
I still miss those days,,, great pics..
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#4757607 - 05/15/18 07:49 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 811
Loc: Ozark Mountains
I love GTO's. That is I used to love to race them and beat them with my 66 Olds 442 when I was in high school.

I named my 442 "The Goat Hunter".

Thanks for the pictures!

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#4757612 - 05/15/18 07:53 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
JeffKeryk Offline


Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Los Gatos, CA
Those old Pontiacs were great cars. The 64 thru 67 Goats are some of the most beautiful cars ever.
Remember when a 65 tuner beat a Ferrari in Motor Trend?

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#4757784 - 05/15/18 10:24 AM Re: Vehicle sighting - '68 Pontiac GTO [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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My dad owned a few goats from the 60's when I was a little tyke in the 80's. My brother came home from the hospital in a 69. I wasn't so lucky.
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