Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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A few questions, how long have you owned the vehicle? Were you planning on selling the car?
Considering you sent in for the PHS info (invoice copy) using the VIN attached in the door jamb, & the date of that build jives with the frame build date, the car is most likely a blue '66 GTO convert, 3spd, 4bbl car with manual steering.
Wanting to further pursue what is up with the car, it is going to take some disassembly. If I was tasked to investigate this car, I would go after the one option that would take the most effort to add to this car. In doing so, would want to remove the hood & passenger side fender & inner fender, & remove the complete outer AC box assembly, & then carefully examine the face of the cowl. Most likely, I would also remove the front seats & console & remove the front carpet section & the front kick panels. Having parted many, many early A-body parts cars, & having sold quite a few inner & outer AC box assemblies to restorers, there are telltales to whether a car was originally equipped with factory AC, or if a previous owner/restorer added factory AC. Most that added factory AC did not do so by going to the extreme effort of propperly replacing the entire face of the cowl, drilling out all the spotwelds & separating the face of the cowl on both a non AC body & a factory AC body. On many factory AC added cars, the pass side of the heater car cowl has been cutout with an airsaw & cutoff wheel then an exact sized piece of the passenger side face has been cut out of a factory AC donor car, then the donor piece is buttwelded in.
Not wanting to pursue this investigative effort, you have what you have: what the VIN & PHS invoice copy states the car is: a low option blue '66 GTO Convert 3spd car that has gained a body tag off a 4 month earlier GTO convert. Unfortunately, this kind of tag swap has been fairly common with the unscrupulous in the hobby.
The other alternative, & even worse, is you have the body shell of a red '66 GTO convert AC car, with numerous options, which has had a VIN swap. Many times such vehicles come to "notariaty" due to some previous "restorer" buying a project car without a VIN tag, then finding a same assembly plant GTO convert VIN tag that he/she could attach to the red body. Unfortunately, there is a segment in the muscle car hobby that believe they can do anything they want, then represent the vehicle as something it isn't, then profit on the vehicle's sale. Many of them believe they are "saving a car", or my favorite... " having fun building a hotrod". Whatever one calls such the latter mess, it can be proven as fraud in the court system.
In your position, if you've had the car for quite some time, I'd get with TrimTags & have a repro trim tag made noting the correct color, build week, alphanumeric option codes, then most likely going to have to extrapolate a proper Body number to have embossed on the tag. Am not sure if that Body number is on the copy of the old IBM card that Pontiac kept records with or not, I'd have to look at some '67 build card records I have.