April 28, 2023

1965 Pontiac GTO

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The Pontiac GTO is a front-engine, rear-drive, two-door, four- or five-passenger automobile manufactured and marketed by the Pontiac division of General Motors over four generations from 1963 until 1974 in the United States – with a fifth generation by GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden, for the 2004 through 2006 model years.

The first generation of the GTO is credited with popularizing the muscle car market segment in the 1960s. The Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models.

For 1964 and 1965 model years, the GTO was an optional package on the intermediate-sized Pontiac Lemans. The 1964 GTO vehicle identification number (VIN) started with 22, while the 1965 GTO VIN started with 327. The GTO became a separate model from 1966 to 1971 (VIN 242). It became an optional package again for the 1972 and 1973 intermediate LeMans. For 1974, the GTO was an optional trim package on the compact-sized Ventura.

The Tempest model lineup, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inched (79 mm) to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It had Pontiac’s characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight was increased by about 100 lb (45 KG). The brake lining arear increased by nearly 15%. Heavy-duty shocks were standard, as was a stronger front antisway bar.

The vehicle came in for a new paint job and to be reassembled.

We have disassembled the interior for it to be media blasted.

The vehicle has been media blasted and now it is time for it to be epoxy sealed.

Removing the old weatherstrip from around the windshield area and beginning body work on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Completing some bodywork on the roof of the vehicle.

We have begun bodywork on the driver’s side of the vehicle along with the truck lid.

Beginning to do some bodywork to the deck lid.

We have begun removing rust from the hood to spray with epoxy sealer.

The fenders have begun to have some bodywork done to it.

The fenders, core support, inner fenders and hood have been sprayed with primer.

Block sanding the primer in the final step before paint.

The body has been moved into the paint booth for its new paint job.

The firewall and trunk have been painted black.

We have painted the body a custom Sea Foam Blue Metallic.