1964 Pontiac GTO Tri-Power/4-Speed – Listing Elsewhere

March 31, 2022 Update – After giving us every opportunity to sell their well-documented 1964 GTO Post Coupe, the seller just decided to try another venue to get the car sold this spring.  We thank him for the opportunity and wish him nothing but the best in the future.

November 25, 2021 Update – The high bid of $45,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $57,000, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Rides Still Available” where you can either select the “Buy Now” price or enter a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box. Click the blue “Bid or Buy Now” box below to start the process.

GuysWithRides.com is proud to offer this restored 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO Post Coupe in an online reserve-style auction on behalf of the private seller.  This GTO features a fully documented 389 cubic inch, tri-power-topped V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission. In addition to a bevy of documentation, the car was signed by former Pontiac Marketing Executive Jim Wangers.

Bidding ran for fourteen consecutive days ending on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 8:00 PM Eastern time.

This 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO Post Coupe currently resides as part of a private collection in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Here is a detailed video of this GTO featured on Lou Constable’s My Car Story YouTube Channel:

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High Bid = $45,000

In early 1963, General Motors’ management banned divisions from involvement in auto racing. This followed the 1957 voluntary ban on automobile racing that was instituted by the Automobile Manufacturers Association,  By the early 1960s, Pontiac’s advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance, so with the aforementioned ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac’s managers began to emphasize street performance.

In his autobiography Glory Days, Pontiac’s chief marketing manager Jim Wangers, who worked for the division’s contract advertising and public relations agency, states that John DeLorean, Bill Collins, and Russ Gee were responsible for the GTO’s creation. It involved transforming the upcoming second-generation Pontiac Tempest (which reverted to a conventional front-engine with front transmission configuration) into a sporty car, with a larger 389 cubic inch V8 from the full-sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in place of the standard 326 cubic inch V8. By promoting the big-engine option as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the youth market.

The GTO disregarded GM’s policy limiting the A-body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cubic inches. The development team discovered a loophole in the policy which does not restrict large engines to be offered as an option. Pontiac general manager Elliot “Pete” Estes approved the new model with sales manager Frank Bridge limiting initial production to 5,000 cars.

The $295 GTO package offered a 325 horsepower 389 cubic inch V-8 equipped with a four-barrel carburetor, high-lift camshaft, and 421-style cylinder heads. Also included were hood scoops, stiffer springs and shocks, front anti-roll bar, dual exhausts, wider wheels, red line tires, engine-turned dash, bucket seats, and 2-speed Super-Turbine automatic transmission. A 3-speed manual gearbox was offered with Hurst shifter and the option of either the Muncie wide-ratio M20 or close-ratio M21 4-speeds. The dash featured four large gauges with speedometer, fuel temp, oil pressure and charging lamps, and either a rally clock or a 7,000 rpm tachometer.

The GTO package was available on the two-door Coupe, two-door Hardtop, and Convertible, and was immediately popular with 32,450 sold. Most buyers (24,205) stepped up for the four-barrel package, but 8,245 bought the desirable Tri-Power carburetor option, good for 348 bhp at 4,900 rpm. The Coupe started at $2,491, the Hardtop at $2,556 and the Convertible at $2,796.

Performance was impressive for the time and Motor Trend magazine recorded the 325 horsepower model at 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds, quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds, and a top speed of 115 mph. The Tri-Power car was even faster, with 0-60 in 6.6 seconds and a quarter-mile at 14.8 seconds.

John, the current caretaker, and seller of this restored factory tri-power equipped 1964 Pontiac Lemans GTO Sport Coupe purchased the car in October 2014. The previous owner completed a body-on restoration of this car in the early 1990s.

A documented early build GTO manufactured in November of 1963, the original owner ordered the car after he decided he could not afford a 421-powered Catalina.  The original owner spent his money wisely as in addition to the optional Tri-Power setup, the only other add-ons include seat belts, an AM Radio, tinted glass, and a Custom Sport steering wheel.

When John purchased the car, he spent time researching its history before bringing it back as close to original as possible.  At this point, the only deviations from when new include the following:

  • A “Hurst Equipped” trunk emblem was a common period-correct badge to add.
  • When this GTO was restored, the only color reproduction upholstery was black; the car originally came equipped with a dark blue interior.
  • A period-correct-looking modern stereo.
  • An aftermarket, under-dashboard mounted gauge cluster to monitor the engine’s vitals.
  • An aftermarket, under-dashboard mounted toggle switch serves as a hidden kill switch to thwart potential thieves.

The documentation on this car is thorough that includes the original window sticker, Bill of Sale, and Protect-O-Plate as well as a variety of dealer brochures, owner’s manuals, and even a 45RPM copy of “Lil’ GTO” by Ronnie and the Daytonas.

By clicking on the picture below, you can review the detailed complimentary Lemon Squad pre-purchase inspection recently completed in preparation for this auction.  As you scroll down the report, you can hover your computer mouse to read the inspector’s comments on each picture taken. Please be sure to use your browser’s back button to navigate back to this page when complete.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO Sport Coupe, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

1 Comment
  1. Nikrnic

    Beautiful GTO. Got to love a post.


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