You probably haven’t seen another code 65 Antique Gold 1969 GTO before, but now that you have, you’re probably wondering why everyone makes such a fuss over Carousel Red. The gold is sophisticated, elegant, and more than attention-grabbing… it’s impossible to ignore! This is, of course, the car’s original color and it was refinished to a standard that’s far, far better than anything the factory could have managed in 1969. Gaps are exacting, the bodywork has been smoothed and sanded so that the reflections are crisp and sharp, and even the front bumper that surrounds the grilles fits better than new. The two-stage urethane finish is miles deep and if we had to pick nits, well, we’d be hard-pressed to find anything beyond a nick or two that are all but invisible. The tan vinyl top is a very unusual option with the gold paint and it actually looks fantastic in person. The vinyl is correct GM stuff, so it has the right grain, and of course you know that the metal underneath is in great shape, no issues there. All the chrome and stainless trim was restored or replaced, leaving it in as-new condition throughout. This is a car that truly sparkles in every possible way. The code 252 gold interior is also original to the car, and by original, I don’t just mean that it’s the original color, but this is actually the interior that was installed back in 1969. Only the carpets have been replaced, and the overall presentation is extremely impressive. The seats show virtually zero wear, the door panels are excellent, and the headliner remains taut, suggesting a car that led a very easy life. The options list includes factory A/C, which still blows cold using R12 refrigerant, and a very rare AM/FM radio with a stereo 8-track player down on the center console. The gauges remain in excellent condition with clear lenses and bright markings and even the woodgraining on the console and dash is crisp, clear, and bright. The trunk is like new, with spatter paint on the floor, a correct mat, and a bias-ply spare tire that’s quite possibly the original piece. Have we mentioned how impressed we are with this car?
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Originally listed on May 14, 2016.
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