• This Ram Air III powered model of the 1969 Pontiac GTO compactor It’s up for auction on Bring a Trailer now.
• The GTO Judge features a 400 cubic inch Air III V-8 RAM engine with a Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission and a T-safe rear axle.
• The auction ends on Sunday, April 24, and as of Thursday, the auction will be at $22,500.
As the proud owner of a 1968 GTO, I would be remiss if I didn’t single out this 1969 GTO judge as a private car for auction on Bring a Trailer – which, like car and driver, which is part of the Hearst Autos program. Judge A A special example of a muscle car from the late 1960s. Just like the current owner of the 1969 GTO Judge, I was also received by my father, who spent the summer in college working at the factory in Pontiac doing various jobs. One summer he worked at the iron smelter shoveling sand, one summer at the assembly line plant on the chassis line, and another summer at the finishing plant tuning the headlights and getting ready to ship. It only seems fitting that he ended up with a GTO one day.
This GTO judge is currently located in California; However, it was originally delivered to an agency in Anchorage, Alaska. This car comes with a clean title, but more importantly, it comes with Pontiac Historic Services documentation that shows it is indeed a true judge. This car is refreshed in Carousel Red and features the optional Judge package that includes a black grille, boot-lid-mounted spoiler, tri-color graphics and a “Judge” badge on the front fenders.
The 400-cubic-inch Ram Air V-8 features a four-cylinder carburetor and electric ignition. In addition to the V-8 transmission and Muncie M20, it has a hood-mounted tachometer, power steering, 15-inch Cragar S/S wheels, electric front disc brakes, retractable headlight covers, and a Hurst T-hand clutch Shifter. The Hurst transmission was factory installed on a manual transmission in the Pontiac GTO. Pontiac also offered a dual-gate transmission, unfortunately named His and Hers, which allowed manual shifts for drag racing or the standard automatic function.
Additional equipment for the GTO Judge includes a body-color Endura front bumper, chrome rear bumper, polished rocker and wheel slot, hood-mounted scoops, and a dual-outlet outlet under the rear bumper. Like any beloved classic, this one has a few dents, a few rust, some paint chips, dents, and blemishes. The cab features bucket seats and a black vinyl upholstered rear bench seat with a matching dashboard and faux wood accent. The door locks don’t work on this car, which is a similar problem I have, and from what my local classic car shop tells me, it’s a common problem with the GTO.
Not only was the judge intended to help with GTO sales, but it was also a direct competitor to the Plymouth Road Runner. In mid-1971, Judge’s business was discontinued, although the GTO continued into 1974. While it would be a privilege to be the owner of any American muscle car, Judge would certainly be a goat to be proud of. Auction is available online until noon Sunday, April 24.
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