1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop

Tri-Power, All Numbers Matching, 4-Speed, A/C, Show or Cruise!


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SOLD by Private Treaty!! This is a fully restored, “numbers matching”, 1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop Coupe with tri-power and four speed that was bought new here in Arizona and lived a rust-free life. The newly rebuilt engine performs with amazing power and is a blast to drive!! We love the beautiful Burgundy Poly paint with the black bucket seats with wood trim. This GTO is in excellent condition and shows that it was a ground-up restoration of every nut and bolt. It is now ready for concours competition or weekend cruises!! We have just completed an engine rebuild and have added a modern Vintage Air (air conditioning and heater) to make it a much more enjoyable car to use.

This is a well optioned GTO with features including: The four-speed manual transmission, vacuum gauge, Rally gauges, the wood steering wheel, power steering, the rare rear window defroster, limited slip differential and, of course, the upgraded tri-power engine (360 hp). Every nut and bolt was touched and restored. We have the PHS documentation and the GTO seems all proper (colors and features) and correct except it was born a 4 barrel carburetor car with the upgraded Tri-Power added later.

Thatcher Jones and his wife have been the owners for nearly 30 years. They looked for about a year for the right GTO to restore. He bought a rust bucket convertible in Colorado and learned the hard way how not to restore a goat. From that harrowing experience, he looked for a much better GTO to restore.

He found this coupe, which was purchased new in Arizona and lived a charmed life. He took it down to bare metal and there was absolutely no rust anywhere, except for the battery tray (which was replaced). The former owner had removed the original engine because he wanted to preserve it in his garage while he used the car with a 400 cu in engine that he installed. The car, of course, is now reunited with the fully rebuilt original engine (more details below).

Thatcher then restored every component in the car to as-new in the mid 1990’s. Since then, it has accumulated about 500 miles. This was originally a WT Code and has been upgraded to the desirable “WS” code which has the most desired performance upgrades. He completely rebuilt the engine and reinstalled the original date coded venerable 389 cu in (360 hp) engine along with the original tri-power triple carburetors. Every component is correct to the car except the radiator, which while conforming to the car is an updated model. He bought virtually every part from the Pontiac experts at Performance Years (now Ames Performance Engineering). We have files with stacks of receipts documenting the restoration. There are the original stampings everywhere on the car. Attesting to the provenance of the car.

This GTO was built in the Fremont, CA plant during the third week of June, 1965. The black vinyl interior (Trim Code 213-30) is gorgeous with very few imperfections. The paint was beautifully refinished in the correct and original Burgundy (Code NN). The car would score very well in competitive concours events.

We have just finished detailing the car and we had a full mechanical inspection performed. We rebuilt the three carbs and had them dialed in, replaced the timing chain and assembly and fully serviced the car. Since we acquired the GTO, we have rebuilt the engine with all new pistons, rings, bearings, rods, etc. We have also added a modern Vintage Air air conditioning and heating system. This GTO is ready for driving as well as showing. This GTO comes with a file FULL of receipts, about 3-4 inches thick, documenting the past 29 years of restoration and maintenance.

Hagerty Value for No. 2 Condition (Tri-Power) $103,000 (+15% for 4 speed)
Hagerty Value for No. 2 Condition (4 Barrel) $64,500 (+15% for 4 speed)
NADA Guide for High Retail $82,200

This is the right car, rust free, full concours restoration, all “numbers matching”, all the right specs in the best colors. For more details, call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or This car is available for inspection at our Phoenix, AZ showroom.

1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop




1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop
1965 Pontiac GTO Hardtop


VIN 237375Z128657
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 9,800
YEAR 1965

Pontiac GTO

Interesting Fact: The Pontiac GTO was produced in two different periods of time. The first production cycle was from 1964 to 1974, but the second cycle took place between 2004 and 2006. The first generation of the Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car to be produced in the 1960s and 1970s and is credited…
Interesting Fact: The Pontiac GTO was produced in two different periods of time. The first production cycle was from 1964 to 1974, but the second cycle took place between 2004 and 2006. The first generation of the Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car to be produced in the 1960s and 1970s and is credited with starting the trend of offering many competing models. This vehicle was selected as the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1968 and the first models use a 6.4 to 6.6-liter Pontiac V8 engine which could produce up to 325 horsepower. When the Pontiac GTO went through its second stage of production, it appeared dated to people in the United States since it was originally designed in 2001. Additionally, the price inflated to about $34,000 at the time of its launch which helped to garner a lukewarm acceptance for the car. Earlier models of the Pontiac GTO are far more sought after than later models, but both prove to be powerful cars happily driven by many!



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