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question about buying any GTO

Would it be foolish for anyone to buy a
GTO whether its a show car or
a basket case with out it having
PHS documentation?
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Would it be foolish for anyone to buy a
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a basket case with out it having
PHS documentation?
IMO: YES. That PHS may be better than the purchase itself.

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That's a general question that depends on the buyer. Would I ? No.. But some people don't care about the pedigree or might not want / can't afford to spend the money for a GTO.. Some might want to modify so much that they don't want to ruin the DNA of desirable car etc. or
If the price is right and it's what they want, they could care less if it was born a Lemans, gto , judge , had specific options etc.. They just like the car and enjoy driving it.. Cars are hobbies and you'll find that about as many people that are into them there's that many different opinions..

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First and foremost, You should know what you want and it sounds to me like your not sure, so PHS doesn't matter. When I bought my first GTO, I had a pretty good idea what I wanted in the car. IMO for the puriest, a numbers matching car PHS is a must.
For the person who just wants a muscle car that looks and runs good, PHS is not that important.

The most important thing is that the car is sound mechanically and you can enjoy it. Too many people jump into this hobby with no idea and end up spending a bundle or get frustrated and suffer a loss, so take your time to thoroughly checkout any possible purchase.
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That's a general question that depends on the buyer. Would I ? No.. But some people don't care about the pedigree or might not want / can't afford to spend the money for a GTO.. Some might want to modify so much that they don't want to ruin the DNA of desirable car etc. or
If the price is right and it's what they want, they could care less if it was born a Lemans, gto , judge , had specific options etc.. They just like the car and enjoy driving it.. Cars are hobbies and you'll find that about as many people that are into them there's that many different opinions..

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First and foremost, You should know what you want and it sounds to me like your not sure, so PHS doesn't matter. When I bought my first GTO, I had a pretty good idea what I wanted in the car. IMO for the puriest, a numbers matching car PHS is a must.
For the person who just wants a muscle car that looks and runs good, PHS is not that important.

The most important thing is that the car is sound mechanically and you can enjoy it. Too many people jump into this hobby with no idea and end up spending a bundle or get frustrated and suffer a loss, so take your time to thoroughly checkout any possible purchase.
All great advice. I would add that you should evaluate your skills as to the level you have and what areas your skills are in. My body work skills are diddly so i have avoided cars needing replacement floor/trunk pans and body panels, etc. Checking for collision damage is very important. You however may really be good at doing this kind of work but the mechanicals leave you wanting a pro. Conversely, you may have machinist skills and have built many an engine, overhauled trans and rear ends and find body/rust work to be something you'd hate to get into.

Or you may not want to do much work of any kind on it for whatever reason. if that's the case, you need to find the best condition car you can, both body and mechanicals. And do you want a show car or a driver?

Lots to consider before you buy
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: It depends. If you're interested in a car as an investment (i.e. you probably care a great deal about resale value) then I'd say knowing its pedigree from PHS is a must. If on the other hand you're primarily interested in the 'fun factor' and the enjoyment you'll personally get out of the car, then whether or not the PHS doc is part of that package is up to you.

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