Originally Posted by Integraoligist
Onto my questions:
other then by Vin, how can I determine if it's a GTO, Tempest, Le Mans... and what are the diffrences between the 3 besides Engine Size?
When I finally catch the owner at home, I want to come at him with a selling Price (unless he already has one in mind)... any idea what kind of cash i should be looking at? I've been looking at around and have come up with prices from $500 to $25k
Thanks all for the help!
The 65 GTO was an option to the Tempest Lemans, here is a decoder of the vin#. The GTO and Lemans both used 37 series code until 1966 when the GTO became series code 42.
1965 VIN Plate
37=Series Number(Lemans) (33=Tempest, 35=Tempest Custom, 37=Tempest LeMans and GTO)
37=Body Style Code Number (Hardtop,2-door)
K=Assembly Plant(Kansas City, MO)
Clones are hard to tell from an original GTO, The Data Plate or Body Tag for 1965 is located on the left hand front of the firewall, in the engine compartment. Accessory Codes will identify if the Car is a true GTO. Here is an example of the code on a 65 GTO;
ACC. X 2P 3K 4F 5N
5 groups make up the codes for example:
(1st Group) X = power windows, etc.
(2nd Group) P = radio (1964-1965), etc.
(3rd Group) K = dome reading lamps (1964-1965), etc.
(4th Group) F = remote mirror, etc.
(5th Group) N = GTO option (1964-1965 only).
You are looking for an N in the 5th group, the first group is not identified with a number prior to the letter, most of the accessories are in the first group.
As far as price, check all numbers on the engine, (production date code, block casting number, engine production number and engine code) a numbers matching original Goat will bring top dollars.
Unrestored or rough shape may be worth up to $10,000. Depends on what you have to work with.