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Legendary Pontiac ad-man Jim Wangers selling off his collection


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Legendary Pontiac ad-man Jim Wangers selling off his collection

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/27/legenda...his-collection/

Got a hankering for a new Pontiac? Well, we've got bad news, then... you can't get one. But today we can offer up something even better: a new-to-you classic Pontiac GTO, Firebird, Trans Am, or even a Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R. Now we're talking.

The cars in question come from the personal collection of Jim Wangers, who famously served as Pontiac chief marketing manager during the brand's halcyon days of muscle cars, sportscars and a favored position right behind Chevrolet in General Motors' brand index. As such, we'd expect these 10 machines to be excellent examples of the breed.

Now, on to the actual cars. First up is a 1965 GTO Sport Coupe, a car that represents the second year of the model's existence and stands as a tribute to the classically warmed-over Royal Bobcat cars. If wind-in-your-hair motoring is more your style, may we direct you to the droptop 1966 Goat behind door number two. Also available are two Carousel Red (a.k.a. 'orange') GTO Judges from 1969.

Perhaps you prefer the F-body? Choose from a first-year Firebird from 1967, a real 1969 Trans Am (super rare, very expensive), a 1979 Trans Am 10th Anniversary car with less than 100 miles on the odometer, a 20th Anniversary Trans Am with the turbocharged V6 engine from the Buick Grand National from 1989 or, finally, a white and blue 30th Anniversary Trans Am convertible.

Still not caught your fancy? Well, there's one more option: the aforementioned year 2000 Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R, which Wangers describes as "the very car that inspired Bob Lutz to seek from Holden (GM's Australian car maker) a car for U.S. buyers – the '04 Pontiac GTO." Interested? Peep at the gallery below and then click here for the rest of the details.

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wat is that btw

Only THE inspiration for the GTO.... 2000 Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R!

FORD the WS6.... I just nutted with this!!!

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My god the original GTO now that's what I'm talking about!

My love for all these cars is greater than I can even say it is :(

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his Dads is a t-top not a vert. :indian:

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Knowing Jim, these are drivers and not uber-valueable, low mileage, ultra-restored cars. It would be uncharacteristic for Jim to sell his most desirable cars. This is not to say these cars are slouches, and I would love to own any of the Trans Am (especially the '69), or any Judge.

Still if Jim owned these cars, the price of the cars will be slightly higher since his name is associated with them. It's like a Cadillac that was owned by Elvis. It will cost more simple because he owned it versus Joe Schmo.

The red '65 is listed as a tribute to the original red '65 GTO that Jim had built at Royal Pontiac for the infamous Motor Trend test. It had a ringer motor in it for the press to drive plus it terrorized Woodward pretty good too. Jim talks about it in Glory Days. The original red GTO still exists but Jim has not own it in nearly 45 years.

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