Mysterious 1965 Pontiac GTO Gets Rescued After Years in Yard

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Credited with popularizing the muscle car market, the Pontiac GTO is one of the most iconic automobiles of the 1960s. But like most muscle cars of the era, the GTO is a popular sight in junkyards and barns. And sadly enough, most of the rigs are in poor condition.
Many derelict GTOs have ended up in the crusher, while others were dismantled for parts. Fortunately, though, some enthusiasts are still brave enough to try to put them back on the road. Parked for years in a yard, this 1965 GTO is about to get a proper revival.

Retired from the road, parked in the bushes, and neglected for a very long time, this Poncho is the type of vehicle many would simply take to the junkyard. But YouTube's "5150mxVW" thought the two-door deserves a second chance. Our host says it's "a true bucket-list car," so it's a case of "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

Well, it's not the type of treasure that is worth a lot of money in its current condition, but this GTO could morph into a nice rig with a proper cash infusion. Now, our host didn't say whether he plans to restore it, but the Pontiac is definitely getting an overhaul under the hood. Assuming it all goes according to plan, this GTO could end up being more than a "will it run?" stunt.

The two-door is obviously in poor shape. The paint is weathered almost beyond recognition due to prolonged exposure to the elements. Rust is also present, but some body panels are still in one piece. Unsurprisingly, for a yard find, the cabin is loaded with junk. However, it appears to be complete at first glance. It still has a V8 engine under the hood, but there's no info on its status and whether it's a numbers-matching mill.

The first-gen GTO debuted in 1964 as an optional package for Pontiac LeMans. This car rolled off the assembly line for the 1965 model year when the company introduced a few updates. The list included a slightly longer body, the iconic stacked quad headlamps, and heavy-duty shocks.

The 389-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) engine, the only powerplant available at the time, received revised cylinder heads. Output increased to 335 horsepower for the base four-barrel version and 360 horses for the Tri-Power setup.

Pontiac sold a whopping 75,352 GTOs in 1965, up from 32,405 units the previous year. This GTO appears to be a hardtop (no post) car, which was the most popular body style that year. Pontiac produced 55,722 hardtops, 8,319 two-door sedans, and 11,311 convertibles.

Granted, the model year and body style do not recommend this GTO as rare, but it's still worth saving in my book. However, the car is a bit of a mystery due to some tags not adding up and the LeMans front fenders. However, the latter show different paint, so our host hopes they were added as replacement parts. The upcoming PHS will sort everything out. Check it out in the video below.

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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