1968 GTO Lost & Found
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1. (August 27, 2006) This is a long lost favorite car of all time. A 68 GTO that was sold around 1977. The GTO was aqua marine, blue exterior, blue interior, 400 motor and 400 TH trans. The license was VSG 981. It was raised in the rear and lowered in the front. The car was sold for $1,000.00 near Glendale, Ca. It was owned for 6 years...
(September 14, 2006) This 68 GTO convertible was discovered stolen on 9/13/06.
It has been stored under a covered pavillion on East Lake
Road in McDonough, Georgia. Someone has stated
they saw it being hauled off on a roll back wrecker truck
last week ( 9/7/06). This car has been in their family since 1982. Her and her husband purchased it from her father
7 years ago, with hopes of restoring it and handing it down
to their oldest son. The car was to stay in the family!!!
It is beige with black primer spots on it and has a black
convertible top and black interior.
Here are some stats on this car they so desperately want returned: 1968 GTO, factory 400 V8 Auto, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Wood Wheel, AM/FM Radio, (motor code in car 68 GTO 400 WT), above the rear tires car has been cut out to install new patch panels, black primer in may spots, the hood was not painted (bare metal) had surface rust, Vin 242678B104193
Any help or information will be so much appreciated. We are offering a REWARD of $1000.00 to recover this so loved car!!! Chev
(September 14, 2006) Robert blew the engine in his 1968 GTO in Goodland Kansas in the late summer of 1972 while going cross country with his buddy. The local Pontiac dealer, Findley Pontiac, said they would repair it if he could wait, but he couldn't. So, he traded for a '67 GTO on the lot, swapped the wheels and tires and headed west. One of the mechanics, Steve, bought it according to a letter that Mr. Findley wrote to him sometime later. It was silver blue with a black vinyl top, 400, automatic, black buckets and in great shape. He misses it to this day and would love to find out where it is.
(October 29, 2006) Lloyd is looking for his 1968 GTO. It was bought new in December 1967. It was traded at the former Sally Cadillac Pontiac on Eisenhower Blvd in Johnstown, PA. in 1973. VIN# 242378G113711. It was blue with black interior, 4 speed, 4 barrel, 400 Engine, 360 horsepower. If anybody out there knows whether it's still around or not, he would like to know something about it.
(November 3, 2006) Jason is looking for his old 1968 GTO, Nightshade Green w/Black Vinyl top sold in Illinois in 1992. A unique car since it had
a Chevy 396 big block motor w/single 4-barrel carburator and 4 speed transmission. Solid aluminum wheels (similiar to centerlines) and a white/parchment interior. He would love to find out if it's out there and if available. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
(December 18, 2006) Tony owns a 68 GTO he bought in June of 2006 from a guy in Ohio. He lives in Boise, Idaho. When the car arrived he noticed the Data Plate had been removed. He has the PHS documentation on the car. The VIN is 242378P325152. The car is burgundy in color but was originally nightshade green with parchment interior. It has a 400 with an automatic, his/hers shifter, A/C, P/B, P/S and hideaways. If anyone knows where the Data Plate is or has one that is similar he would pay to get it. He believes the car came from the Columbus, Ohio area. The restoration is about complete but he really needs the Data Plate. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
(December 22, 2006) Dennis is looking for his first car, a 68 GTO, red with black interior, that was originally white. It's an easy spot because it had rectangle headlights and at the time he sold it, it was having t-tops put in it. The car was in Spokane Washington and the last he heard it was sold to someone in Oregon, in the 80's. If you know of such a beast, let him know. Thanks.
(September 22, 2007) John is looking for two lost GTOs. Both are 1968 Red with black interiors.
#1 - A 4 spd with console, power steering, hood tach, hideaways as the only options. Sold in late 70's to Gary Warden a construction worker working in Mission Viejo, CA. California black plate ZXB431, VIN# 242378P236517.
#2 - A His/Her automatic with power steering, tilt, AC, power disc brakes, hideaways. Traded this car in to a car dealer in the late 70's. California black plate XUR075, VIN# 242378Z116971.
He would like to know the whereabouts of both, however he really would like to find the 4 spd car. This was the first car he purchased at a dealer. (His second car) Purchased from Bryant Pontiac in Covina, CA in 1972. If you have any info please contact! Thank You!
(January 17, 2008) Kent bought his 68 GTO in 1973. It was a one owner. Blue in color with white interior. It was 100% stock. It came with the 400, 4 speed. It had the endura bumper and hidden head lights. He had it painted in 1974, the color was called BAJA bronze. He also added headers. Then in 1975 he thought he would rather have a new 75 chev 4X4 and traded it in. One thing he changed that the next owner would remember is he put a racing clutch in it and it took darn near everything he had to push down the clutch peddle. He also cut out a section above the rear seat so he could fit an eight inch speaker in. It had a bench front seat. The car was traded in at service Chevrolet in Puyallup, Washington. They wholesaled it to a car lot in Auburn, Washington. That was the last time he saw the car. The license plate at that time was BMA620. He looked at his paper work for the vin number when he traded the car in and all they wrote down was 68 GTO for trade in. Thanks you for any help.
(January 24, 2008) Kim's father-in -law was the orig owner of a 1968 Alpine Blue GTO lic OJH 059. He traded it for some rock wall work in the spring of 1981-2. That owner sold the car to a young guy who worked at an auto body shop in Edgewood, WA. That "kid" found Bill's name and address on paperwork in the car and in 1983 drove the car to his house in Tacoma to show him the restorations he had completed. The car was nearly 100% restored and seeing the car and driving it again was a "thrill" Bill said. I would like to find the car for my husband who was too young to ever drive the car when they owned it and has always wanted to know what happened to it. Thank you for any help or information you have!!
(March 1, 2008) Lyndon is looking for a 1968 GTO that belonged to his uncle. It was sold in Canada, was black with parchment interior, hideaways, a/c, his-hers shifter and had VIN# 242378Z110858. Last seen with aftermarket efi in place of carb. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
(June 8, 2008) Larry has all the paper work, window sticker, manifest and everything for his mother's 1968 GTO, that she bought new. He would like to find it if it's still around. VIN# is 242378P332543. It was white with a 400 HO engine, 4speed with posi. Thanks for any help.
(April 13, 2009) Curtis has been looking for his 1968 GTO, VIN: 242378R166511. Last seen 2003 in Batesville,MO. At the time it was in gray primer with black interior, no engine but had a 400 out to install in it, 12 bolt rear end.
The GTO was Meridian Turquoise before he put it in primer to repaint it. Thanks for any help.
(June 7, 2009) Hello...
I bought a new 1968 GTO convertible after I came home from Viet Nam that year. Here is a photo from the day I traded in my all-black1963 Ford Galaxie XL convertible (with 390 "police intercepter engine") for my new GTO. The salesman made fun of me for being so sentimental about my XL and asked why the hell I wanted to take these photos, but grudgingly agreed to let me roll the cars side-by-side for one last photo on the gravel at the dealership. The XL kinda looks sad sitting there next to the car that was about to take its place...
My VIN number was 242678P161938. My car was fully loaded with the 360 H.O. engine, rally II wheels, hood tach, hidden headlights, buckets & console, AM/FM, 8-Track tape, Hurst Dual-Gate automatic and more. It was yellow with red pinstripes and black interior and top. I took the car to Milt Schornack at Royal Pontiac in Royal Oak, Michigan and had it Bobcatted (notice the Royal license plate frames- which I still have one today). THESE were status symbols back then on Woodward Avenue! I still have the "Royal Bobcat" mylar stickers that were supposed to be applied to the tops of the doors (rearward of the mirrors) in 1968, but I never installed them. And I saved most of my performance flyers/booklets from Royal and (later) Milt Schornack's Leader Automotive. I used to race and cruise North Woodward Avenue in that car all the time. I used to sit in that very same turn-around where the sign said "North Woodward>>" and they used it in a GTO ad that said "The Great One by Pontiac- You Know The Rest Of The Story" Of course, the kids all knew what that REALLY meant. And I used to hang out in the famous Ted's Drive-In restaurant where they filmed a commercial with a GTO with a special exhaust ...cruising through while it rumbled (only saw that commercial once). Here is me with my car back in the day...
If you look very closely, you may easily note one of two very unusual visible things about this car. First the color-keyed racing mirrors. These were actually Ford Mustang PROTOTYPE mirrors. A friend worked at Ford and he kept telling me about these cool-looking new mirrors that were going to come out on 1969 Mustang Mach One. Then he showed me what they were going to look like and I fell in love with them. He told me that the Ford folks at the factory were tossing out a pair of prototype mirrors that didn't quite fit right. I begged him to save them out of the trash for me and he did. I got the mirrors, ground the bases to fit my GTO doors and then took them over to Packer Pontiac in Detroit where I got them painted in the factory color to match my GTO. (Packer was the Pontiac dealer who made up all of those kewl Bonneville 421 wagons with Grand Prix interiors, 8-lug wheels, etc. and the place so famous for racing Catalinas). I also had Packer blacken the inside of the housings blackened for better viewing- unlike on the Mustang. Voila! As crazy as it may seem, my 1968 GTO had the Mach One Mustang racing mirrors on it BEFORE the Mach One even went on sale. As a bonus, the driver's side was remote controlled. People would cruise up next to me on Woodward Avenue and just go bonkers over my cool racing mirrors and ask where I got them. If it was somebody in another GTO, I'd just smile, look over and say, "What? You mean yours didn't come with these kinda mirrors? I thought they all came this way!"
The other unusual thing about my GTO that is not visible in the first photo was that it was the only 1968 GTO with exhaust splitters. Pontiac had dropped the splitters as of 1968 and that broke my heart. I contacted the dealer and the factory, but they claimed they couldn't do splitters for 1968 because of a change in the Walker exhaust system. They kept trying to talk me into getting what the Pontiac dealer called "exhaust trumpets" (chrome conical shaped megaphone tips that I did not care for). I asked Royal Pontiac if they would sell me a set of Firebird splitters (which they had on hand) and convert them to go on my GTO. Voila! again. They came out perfect. And again... people would pull up and ask how I got a GTO with exhaust splitters when they didn't make them anymore. And I'd respond my usual way. I did all this when the car was new. In this shot (taken on a long cross-country trip), you can see both the splitters and the racing mirrors...
Anyway, I reluctantly sold the car when I decided to stop working full time and mainly go to school with occasional part time work. Something had to go to cut expenses and it was the GTO. I got an Italian sports car and tricked it out, but that was a far, farrrr cry from owning a GTO. And frankly, while getting vastly better mileage, the sports car broke down so much and required such expensive dealer maintenance that in the end, it was not so much of a bargain after all.
Last I heard, the fellow (a U of M student) who bought my car had some problem a few years later with the rear axle and parked it- possibly somewhere in North or South Carolina.That was the last I heard of my car. I have often wished I had kept it. The car was frighteningly fast and the only thing that seemed to beat me much (and that was RARE) were 440 Mopars!
Anyway, I have often wondered what ever happened to my beautiful 1968 GTO convertible... and where it might be today. Can you help me?
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