The Pontiac GTO is deemed by a lot of to be the authentic muscle vehicle. Now there is a likelihood to personal 1 as auction residence Mecum will have a exclusive instance of the breed in its Indy 2020 auction, which is presently scheduled to run June 23-28.
This 1965 model is not a GTO, it is a GeeTO Tiger. It was element of a promotional energy engineered by Pontiac promoting executive Jim Wangers, dealership Royal Pontiac, Hurst, and Petersen Publishing. The tie-up incorporated a nationwide contest based mostly on the song “GeeTO Tiger” by The Tigers. Entrants have been asked why they’d like to win the vehicle, and had to appropriately solution how a lot of occasions the word “tiger” was employed in the song.
The vehicle you see right here was the contest’s grand prize. The 1-off GTO is completed in Hurst Gold, with gold Hurst wheels, and gold-plated Hurst shifter. Below the hood sits a Tri-Energy 389-cubic-inch V-eight, which sends 360 horsepower to the rear wheels by way of a four-velocity guide transmission and three.fifty five Risk-free-T-Track rear axle.
1965 Pontiac GeeTO Tiger (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)
The contest winner was 19-12 months-previous Alex Lampone of West Allis, Wisconsin. He was handed the keys by George Hurst himself at the 1965 NHRA Indy Nationals. Lampone owned the vehicle for a handful of many years prior to offering it to Pete Yeko, who raced (and won) with it routinely at Excellent Lakes Dragway in Union Grove Wisconsin, in accordance to Mecum.
Yeko offered the vehicle to GTO collector Jim Urban, who rebuilt the engine prior to offering it to Jerry Trevelan of Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1975. Trevelan was not mindful of the car’s pedigree, only discovering out thanks to a likelihood experience with Wangers, in accordance to Mecum. The vehicle altered hands a couple a lot more occasions prior to ending up with Mecum.
Aside from a repaint in 1982, the GeeTO Tiger is “hugely authentic,” and is presently displaying 59,000 miles.