WHEN YOUR GOAT COMES IN
An Incredible Time Capsule
An incredible time capsule
Kevin Beal has every Pontiac lover’s dream job, coowning and operating Ames Performance in Spofford, New Hampshire. He oversees the largest Pontiac-only parts supply house in the country, catering to Poncho enthusiasts around the world. If you live and die by driving Tin Indians, chances are you have comes across Ames Performance on the hunt for those elusive parts and pertinent pieces.
Kevin likes to mix his passion for parts by also collecting great cars that have come out of GM’s performance divisions. For a few years now he has advertised in his extensive catalog that he’s interested in low-production, low-mileage original cars to add to his collection.
That ad has already borne fruit. Through it, Kevin located the first Trans Am off the assembly line (“Forged From Fire,” May 2018). He then set his sights on finding a low-mileage, first-generation GTO to add to his garage.
It was Kevin’s son Kyler who got the call. A man in the Midwest said he had an original 1967 GTO that he had “pampered” since he picked it up at the dealership. With less than 10,000 miles on the odometer, and having never been through any sort of restoration, this time capsule sounded like it was exactly what they wanted for the collection.
In February 2017, Kevin and Kyler made their way to snowy Michigan, trailer in tow, to get their prize. The trip through nearblizzard conditions was well worth it, as the GTO was everything the owner said it was and then some. The Goat was loaded up and carefully brought back to New Hampshire, where it went on display at Ames Performance.
The story of this Goat starts way back in the early 1960s. The first owner was a kid on a mission at an early age. He wishes to remain anonymous. He says, “I started working when I was 10, doing a paper route. I saved all that money with one goal: getting a cool hot rod to call my own.”
His brother was doing the same, working odd jobs and saving his money, both with the same intent of buying a hot GM offering from Detroit.
At 16 he bought his first car, a Morris Minor, for $100, which would serve him well over the years. A year later the time had come to purchase a new car. His brother had recently gone to the local Pontiac dealer to scout a GTO, and he soon found himself at the same dealer looking for his dream car.
He, too, became quite smitten with the 1967 GTO, though he had a list of things he wanted for his Goat. First, he wanted a dark green car, so he custom-ordered Sherwood Green (code 36), which was an available Cadillac color. The dealership obliged, and that started a short rundown of necessary options and deletions for our young owner.
“I got the performance differential, the Safe-T-Track, with 3.36 gears, a Hurstshifted four-speed, and did not get power anything, as I did not want to rob power from the engine,” says the owner. The only other options were an AM radio, Rally gauges, Soft Ray glass, and a set of Rally II wheels.
Because he was only 17, he had to get an adult (his 20-year-old brother) to sign off
“In 50 years the car racked up a measly 9,820 miles”
on the deal, which he paid for in cash. His brother also picked out a GTO for himself, nearly identical in options (except for the color), and paid in cash as well! His brother’s choice for skin tone was Mariner Turquoise Metallic topped with a roof painted glossy black.
The next issue was where to store the car, as our owner didn’t want his GTO out in the elements. His mother’s car already occupied the one-bay garage at home, so he had to think fast. His brother located a three-car garage with just one bay occupied. A pair of elderly sisters owned the building, and they were willing to rent out the two spaces to the brothers. The only problem was that it was 5 miles away from home. So the Morris Minor was used to shuttle back and forth. The owner figured it was a small price to pay to have his dream car safe and sound.
Since his brother owned a nearly identical Goat, it was only natural that the two would take them to the outskirts of town and pit them against each other. “It was always neck-and-neck. I mean, there was really no difference between the two cars,” states the owner.
However, one day our owner decided he needed to try something different. He bought a “sneaker” exhaust bypass and installed it without telling his brother. “That gave me the slightest edge, and I pulled away from him on our next drag race.”
The Easy Life
The GTO lived a quiet life over the next few years. The owner ended up buying his mother’s house, and built a nice twocar garage to house his prized GTO. The Poncho was taken out sparingly, and in the winter it was put up on 10-ton jackstands and run regularly to keep it fresh. He also used aviation gas in the car, as his brother had a pilot’s license, and the go-juice was available for the taking. In 50 years of ownership, the car racked up a measly 9,820 miles.
After all that time the owner decided that the car needed to be passed on, as his family just wasn’t interested in muscle cars. Of course, it had to go to the right kind of car guy, and he knew that Kevin Beal would care for it the way he himself had for the last half-century.
The stunning GTO continues to lead a tranquil life sitting with other rare GM muscle in the Ames lobby, preserved for future generations to admire.
n This window placard was used to indicate the day the carwould be delivered. It can be seen in the vent window in thephoto of the car sitting in the dealership parking lot the day the owner picked up the GTO. n In a photo dated October 1967, this GTO is parked with the owner’s brother’s GTO, painted Mariner Turquoise and with a black glossy roof.
The 1967 GTOs were available in three body styles. The hardtop (pictured) was the most popular at 65,176 sold. Pontiac went on to sell 9,517 convertibles, followed by 7,029 post coupes.
Factory special-order paint jobs came with a quart of touch-up paint. With it here are the GTO’s original assembly-line tags; the one on the left designates this as a special-paint vehicle.
n Though this GTO is remarkably original, one thing the first owner did was modify the exhaust system, adding “cheater” pipes to get the edge on his brother. They exit under the car, which the owner liked better because that way he wouldn’t get any unsightly soot around thetips or bumper.
n With south of 10,000 miles on the odometer, this Goat has been babied since the day it came home. Only the hoses and belts have been replaced. The buyer did remove the original radiator cap and master cylinder reservoir cover so they wouldn’t corrode, but replaced them before selling the car.
n This car rides on its original F70-14 Firestone redline tires. Yes, the ones put on at the factory. They are still in good shape, with no visible dry rot and still holding air. The Rally II wheels are original to the car as well, and have never been touched up.
n Some 1968 parts showed up on 1967 GTOs built late in the model year, as this one was. The wooden shift knob, for example, was new for 1968 but original to this car. The option cost $3.96—money well spent!
n The interior on this car is nothing less than stunning. It shows little or no wear anywhere. Even the cardboard assembly-line floor mats are still with the car!
n All the original factory markings are easily visible in the pristine engine bay.