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Hello all, my name is John. I live in East Tennessee. I’m currently in the process of restoring the old 68 GTO that my dad bought back in the day.

It’s a 400/400THM hardtop. No power steering, no power brakes, but has the headrest option.  Bottom picture is the first time it had seen daylight since 1973. 7AEEA2ED-B7FA-4EDB-A75B-94BCF5E52660.thumb.jpeg.12ee0b19a8858aba8b4a1e58d91685b0.jpegB3D1A03D-298B-4112-AA6E-F39410A11DCB.thumb.jpeg.fb78b0b4890b8804b01ca8129af0a0bf.jpeg

How rare is my odd option set?

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WELCOME TO THE SITE. Looks like a solid base/good project. Head rest were a popular addition.   Is it just the head rest (Code 571) or the Reclining passenger seat (Code 578) which included head rest? either way a nice addition. Was red the factory color?

 

Best of luck with her.

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Ahh, you are correct. It’s the reclining option. Solar red was the factory color. 

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:welcomeFP:

Nice looking goat! What are the plans?

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Welcome aboard our John. I loved the old AC Fire Ring decals on the fender. You don’t see those things any more. 

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time collecting every decal that was on it. I have a new pair of the AC’s that will go on a magnetic backing. That way I can have it his way, or my way, whenever I choose. Have any of you ever seen the tiny “Car of the year” stickers that were put on the vent windows? I’ve yet to find any of them.

Frosty, I failed to mention that this car spent its life not far from you. I grew up in Concord, MI. My daddy drove it all around lower Michigan, heck, you may have seen it if you were around in those days.

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The car originally came from Red Holman Pontiac over in Wayne

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12 hours ago, John Owens said:

I’ve spent quite a bit of time collecting every decal that was on it. I have a new pair of the AC’s that will go on a magnetic backing. That way I can have it his way, or my way, whenever I choose. Have any of you ever seen the tiny “Car of the year” stickers that were put on the vent windows? I’ve yet to find any of them.

Frosty, I failed to mention that this car spent its life not far from you. I grew up in Concord, MI. My daddy drove it all around lower Michigan, heck, you may have seen it if you were around in those days.

Concord, right off M-60 - between Homer and Spring Harbor - not far from Albion either if I recall. I spent a few summer baseball camps with my boy at Spring Harbor College, which is why I remember Concord just being up the road a bit.

As for the Car of Year stickers, no, but honestly I haven't looked. I see a ton of replica and original stickers at the Detroit Swap Meet, which will be in Novi MI this year on January 6-7, 2018. If I get down there again this year, I might look around again. Do you have a photo of what they look like?

12 hours ago, John Owens said:

The car originally came from Red Holman Pontiac over in Wayne

Now there is a dealership name I have not heard in quite a while.

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Cool to have your Dad's car.  Hope all goes well gettin er back on the road.  Red Holman...been awhile.

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