June 3, 2023

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The prized golden 1965 Pontiac Hurst GeeTO Tiger is headed to auction

Once upon a time, a Pontiac marketing executive named Jim Wangers designed a countrywide contest with this beautiful 1965 Pontiac Hurst GTO serving as the grand prize. The contest was centered all over “GeeTO Tiger,” a music by musical artists The Tigers. A 19-yr-old took dwelling the golden muscle mass car at the time, but now any individual can buy the rare car by way of an forthcoming Mecum auction. 

As a way to raise product sales and consciousness of the Pontiac GTO and its efficiency elements, Wangers partnered up with Royal Pontiac, George Hurst, and Petersen Publishing in 1965 to develop a contest. Royal provided the car, Hurst dressed it up, and Petersen distributed the contest in publications across the nation. 

In buy to take part, persons were being questioned to offer a explanation why they desired the car and recognize how several times the word “tiger” was used in the marketing music “GeeTO Tiger” (pronounced G-Tee-Oh) by The Tigers. A 19 yr-old kid named Alex Lampone from West Allis, Wisconsin, won the contest and took delivery of this jazzed-up GTO at the 1965 NHRA Indy Nationals. 

The prize car was absolutely kitted out and described by Wangers as “the nicest GTO you could put your hands on.” It experienced much more than 28 manufacturing unit possibilities, including a black cordova top rated, electric power home windows, electric power steering, electric power brakes, a tilt steering wheel, a electric power driver’s seat, dual-pace windshield wipers, a customized sport steering wheel, a rally gauge cluster, a press-button AM/FM radio with electric power antenna, and a Verba phonic rear speaker. What will make it stand out is the Hurst-motivated gold theme, which features gold paint, gold mag wheels, and a gold-plated Hurst Shifter.

Beneath the hood, this GTO has a Tri-Electrical power 389 V8 motor that pairs with a four-pace handbook transmisison. It also has a three.fifty five Safe-T-Monitor rear axle and dual exhaust.

All over the yrs, this car has exchanged hands several times and has undergone a several improvements. It is been repainted, and the motor has also been rebuilt, but Mecum suggests it is usually highly authentic. Ony fifty nine,000 miles have turned over on the odometer. 

The GeeTO Tiger Pontiac is scheduled to go up for auction in Indianapolis this June. Stop by Mecum for much more facts.

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