The original much-vaunted series of GTOs reigned from 1964 to 1974 and were classic muscle cars of the period. Forced to adhere to the US manufacturers' voluntary ban on factory-sponsored racing, GM had turned its attention to optimising the performance of its road cars, in order to maintain the interest of the young American enthusiast. The GTO was essentially the brainchild of three men - engine specialist Russell Gee, chassis engineer Bill Collins, and chief engineer John DeLorean; who later achieved fame for the car bearing his name and cheating the British taxpayer of millions of pounds. The GTO was DeLorean's clever idea, but one strongly resented by Ferrari enthusiasts.
Originally conceived as a bare-bones, entry-level performance car, with the aim to counter the Plymouth Road Runner, the GTO Judge evolved into a top-of-the-line model for the GTO series and was available in both coupe and convertible body styles. In today's market, the GTO Judge is now one of the most sought-after GTOs ever produced.
Manufactured in 1969, the GTO Judge offered has had somewhat an international existence, arriving in the United Kingdom very shortly after manufacture, and is thought to have resided in France at some stage since, reputedly while in the ownership of Argentinian footballer Javier Pastore during his time at Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Finished in the signature colour combination of Orange with Black leather interior upholstery, the Pontiac was the beneficiary of an extensive restoration and upgrade build in c.2000 with the cost understood to be somewhere in the region of £150,000 and producing a Judge with a massive specification and yielding around 750 horsepower.
The engine of choice was a Lamude Racing 455ci V8 with forged pistons, roller COMP cam, Edelbrock Performer aluminium cylinder heads, Vortech supercharger, Holley dominator ECU, bespoke wiring loom, Edelbrock manifold fuel rails, Powertec starter motor, and an uprated regulator. The engine specification goes on with an uprated alternator, Accusump oiling system with electronic control, MSD ignition, distributor, 10mm leads, and with built-in full data logging. A Pro Alloy fuel tank with collector, Aeromotive fuel pump and filters and Aeroquip fuel lines throughout provides the fuelling with a Pro Alloy radiator, intercooler, and pipework cooling the V8.
Power is transmitted to the wheels through a Jerico five-speed straight cut dog gearbox and McLeod twin-plate clutch. Underneath, a Mark Williams nine-inch fabricated axle, locking differential, StrongArms front suspension, Hotchkis rear sport suspension (adjustable), and Halo adjustable dampers with Eibach springs all round control the ride and Baer/Alcon discs and calipers all round, allow the 750hp GTO the stopping power required.
The interior has been upgraded with diamond stitched leather upholstery and GTO embossing seats, Autometer gauges, a Hurst shifter, a hydraulic handbrake, and an adjustable AP Racing pedal box. The shell was provided with a full body-off restoration with bare metal re-painting and the external appearance is completed with 20-inch forged American racing wheels with Michelin Pilot tyres and an uprated exhaust system.
Recently receiving a gearbox overhaul and clutch inspection in preparation for sale, as well as servicing and valve lash checked, the Pontiac is now offered to the market as an exciting opportunity, that will undoubtedly get the blood pumping, and that is certainly not for the faint hearted! The 750hp muscle car is offered with a large history file which includes a vast quantity of invoices, previous MOT certificates, and a current V5C document.
Make - Pontiac
Model - GTO Judge
Vehicle Registration - BUU 37H
Chassis Number - CP24237
Body Colour - Orange
MOT Expiry - Exempt