The enduring legend of muscle cars includes the iconic 1967 Pontiac GTO, and Bob Bute was fortunate enough to acquire a rare convertible GTO from its original owner a few years ago—a true gem. While the car was in excellent original condition, it required some mechanical restoration. Bob undertook the task of rebuilding the 400ci/325hp engine with stock OEM parts.

Bob’s meticulous attention to detail extended to the GTO’s entirely original interior, featuring the optional “his and her” shifter and a Turbo 350 transmission. The restoration also included the installation of a positrac to the rear differential and the selection of modern 17″ wheels and low-profile tires to give a contemporary touch to this vintage vehicle.

The culmination of Bob’s efforts came when he had the opportunity to take the GTO to the racetrack and run the quarter-mile. It marked a remarkable day for him, as it was his first time at the circuit with this car and his first pass since the 1970s. The GTO’s potent engine and timeless styling demonstrated its prowess, holding its own against contemporary muscle cars and reaffirming its status as a classic example of automotive engineering and design.

Bob’s 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible serves as a shining example of the passion that auto enthusiasts have for restoring and preserving these vehicles for future generations to enjoy. It also underscores the enduring popularity of classic muscle cars that continue to captivate the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide.