1972 Pontiac GTO
$39,500VEHICLES SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
1972 Pontiac GTO
- 400ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
- 77k Miles
- Tan Over Brown Interior
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In the height of muscle car era Federal safety and pollution regulations were established in 1968. Because of these influences and restrictions, the muscle car industry was soon to be put at risk at that time. By 1970s, the automotive industry was undergoing a transformation that would bring the end to the famed performance era. New emission restrictions were established, and vehicle manufacturers began developing engines that operated on low-lead fuel. Large, heftier bumpers required by new federal vehicle safety regulations resulted in performance decline as cars became heavier and less powerful.
OPEC reduced oil shipments to the U.S. in 1973, which for the first time in U.S. history created an energy crisis, and widespread gasoline shortages creating a dramatic increase in fuel prices. Further muscle cars were viewed as dangerous and insurance providers started cracking down on performance automobiles with higher rates. Combined with inflation, owning a muscle vehicle was becoming much too expensive for the youth market it was designed for. Many Americans felt it was better decision to a buy tiny, lightweight automobiles.
1972 was a transitional year for the muscle car market seeing a drop in reported horsepower across the board for all the Big Three's high output motors. Even though there was relatively little changes in the engines from the previous year, there was a drastic drop in the power ratings of the engine due to a change in how the industry standard for measuring the power of the engine. The power was measured now in terms of SAE net output, meaning the power of the engine with all the power draining accessories attached, instead of the gross output of the power of the engine alone. The reason for this was to make the rating more realistic. In the case of the 1972 GTO it resulted in the rating for the base 400 cid engine to go down to 250 hp from 300 hp in 1971.
The 1972 GTO was mostly a carryover from 1971 with the only cosmetic changes being: a very slightly revised dual front grille design, new front quarter panel lower side air extractors behind each of the front wheels, a new front parking light lens design, and new dual chrome splitter exhaust outlets which expelled the exhaust directly behind both rear wheels. The 1972 GTO was now officially a Pontiac LeMans with the GTO package. All of the forementioned was the perfect storm for the demise of the GTO. Sales of the 1972 GTO were pretty dismal at only 5,807 units, making it one of the rarer GTOs. It was a sign that the golden era of the muscle car was coming to a close and the GTO would soon be put out to pasture. But that said this makes this particular year and model of GTO very collectible.
This GTO has been cosmetically restored and presents well. The correct GTO stripes and lettering has been accurately applied on this car. While there are a few chips in the finish, overall the paint presents well with a nice luster. The tan vinyl top nicely accents the color combination in and outside of this classic muscle car and looks to be original and all the factory trim and molding are present. The trunk and underbody of this car support it is a solid car free of any rust through.
Inside the interior appears to be largely original with some typical wear and tear expected of a 50-year-old car. Highlights include factory gauges and tachometer, and formula steering wheel. A nod to staying power and popularity of the GTO is the 80's era Kraco cassette player and rear speakers which might indicate how this car has cruised proudly well beyond the alleged passing of the muscle car era. Additional options include the power steering and power brakes which added to the pleasure of cruising in this car.
The suspension is unrestored but appears well maintained with new shocks, new brakes up front and with many of the brake lines replaced as well as a new fuel tank. Under the hood the engine is lightly detailed and ready to pop the hood at your next cruise-in or car show. The exhaust rumbles through chambered mufflers that reminds one this car is a true muscle car. It rolls down the road proudly on original Rally II with correct red Lucite PMD center caps and BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.
This car as it sits is ready to cruise the streets as Pontiac Motor Division intended, but also offers the next owner plenty of little projects to further restore and enhance this historic vehicle to make this a great car to enjoy the hobby at all levels; cruising and tinkering.