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Pick of the Day: 2006 Pontiac GTO

1967 meets 2006

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We’ve all heard of restomod custom cars that integrate modern equipment into classic bodies, but what about the opposite approach: taking a modern car and adding vintage elements? That’s exactly what happened here.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 2006 Pontiac GTO listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. (Click the link to view the listing)

What we have here is a final-generation GTO with a hood scoop and grille badging from a 1967 car, fog light bezels from a 1972, and additional enhancements that add to the back-dated motif.

“I purchased this car in 2016 with the intention to cut it up and restomod a 1974 GTO. I drove it home from Vermont to Massachusetts and fell in love. I sold the ’74 GTO instead. If you’ve never driven an Aussie GTO, you owe yourself the favor. I have never driven this car and not gotten goosebumps.”

The GTO model was born in the early 1960s, initially sold as an option package for the LeMans which rode on the General Motors A-body. The GTO name itself originated as an abbreviation of “Gran Turismo Omologato” – basically, a certification title for race cars, originally coined by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in France. In the years and decades that followed, the GTO became a well-known name in the new muscle car segment.

Showing just 44,000 miles on the odometer, this GTO comes from the fifth generation of the model which came out in model year 2004. The car was essentially a rebadged Holden Monaro, assembled in Elizabeth, South Australia, and imported to the United States.

The seller describes how the car was disassembled and color-changed from Torrid Red to Spice Red. A few cosmetic changes were made as mentioned above, but the original parts were retained and are included with the sale. The explanation continues: “I spent $5,000 on custom wheels that would fill the wheel wells to maximum and the stickiest tires I could find to try and make this beast grab the road without burning the tires off it… and take corners at outrageous speeds.”

Power for this muscle car comes from a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, a combination good for 400 horsepower which is healthy even by today’s standards.

Perhaps this customized GTO could satisfy the itch for retro style while delivering modern creature comforts. Best of all, the original parts are included if someone just wants a sub-50k-mile cream puff. With available sticky tires, of course!

The asking price is $21,500 or best offer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

9 COMMENTS

    • Tyson wrote a story about a car for sale. If you need help with yours, I suggest joining a forum that specializes in these GTOs.

  1. Hmmm….a bit of stretch to suggest it has a back-dated look. Very subtle, if not completely unnoticeable, as far as any retro motif. Certainly fast, but quite a generic looking design to begin with. Is it a Grand Prix, G6 or GTO? All share the same nondescript GM design…blobs.

  2. Hi Im Danny. I in Naples Florida..Has the car been driven on salted roads during winter months? Kept inside?? Maintainence records. thanku

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