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which 66 or 67 and why

I am in the market for one of these cars. call it a Mid-life, High school gotta have one crisis
I had a chance for a '67 at 16 and the bank wouldn't give me a $1700! dollar loan. :-(
now, 40 years later, I'll have to fork over 60k for a good one ready for the road.

So, which is best for you and why? I prefer the '67 but there is a smoking '66 tri-power that is very nice.

i also looked into the die-cast models out there and '66 is best represented, hands down.

I am new here and am looking for arguments on each car, whatever point of view, be it, looks, options, cruising, investment quality, or ?.

what should i be sure to look for in my choice?

thanks for the input. I'll be back to post the winner.
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66 or 67, you can't go wrong on either. I have a 67 convert as that's what came up in my search that was affordable to me. I do like the tail lights better and also the black grill surround. Just preference I guess. Oh, and the fact that it's the car I have LOL.
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Can't go wrong either way. bodies for the most part are the same except for grille, tail lights and rocker trim treatment. I am split too, like the 67' weaved stainless grille, and the louvered rear tailights of the 66' were all the rage and still are. They both look the meanest when they are flying up behind you in your rear view, like a hammerhead shark closing in on Stingray to eat it whole.

I say find the best deal on the cleanest (driver) car you can afford comfortably with repair/replace money left in your budget and enjoy driving it as it was intended. When you start getting into high prices and numbers matching cars you are getting a car you will not be apt to put as much seat time in
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The '66 was the last year of the 389/tri-power. The tri-power IS the GTO. Nothing better than starring into a tri-power that sits atop your 389. Nothing has the same sound when it is pushed wide open. And you can add the cold air tub. Unless a 3 or 4-speed, the down side is the 2-speed ST-300 automatic trans.

If you are not looking for performance, then driveline isn't an issue and you can most likley get a better price on a car with the 4-Bbl carb and automatic - which can still be made to be responsive and give good power.

Essentially the same in looks in body but many differences. I don't care for the plastic egg crate grille or the louvered tail lights.

The '67 was first year of the 400CI with redesigned heads that would remain this way until production stopped. Parts are easier to source and more available for the 1967 and up 400's. The Q-jet was introduced in '67 on the Pontiac and replaced the tri-power. The TH-400 3-speed was made available with the iconic "His & Hers" shifter.

I like the chrome mesh grille, rear tail light application, rocker panel/door stainless trim molding, and Rally II rims. First year for the hood tach which was a slightly different shape than the later 1968 and up tach/housing. Add the Ram Air tub and exhaust manifolds and its good to go for me.


If they had just held the tri-power over one more year........... it would have been perfection.
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1967 was a Banner Year for Pontiac so there always seems to be loads of '67s on the market to choose from.
This choice could/should save you some cash while still obtaining a great Pontiac.
And if you like RED you'll be in heaven as it seems most offerings are now RED

Do Your homework & Best of Luck!

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They say pictures are worth a thousand words. But as jim said "If they would have held the Tri power over one more year it would have been perfection" Never the less a stunning front end and sexy tail. 4Bbl 400 holds its own.
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Not that I would buy or not buy based off it having the tri power I thought I would send this article . I think he may be a little bias but good info. I have owned both and liked both. At a car show you will be loved with the tri power . With the new 4 barrel I think you would be hard pressed these days to match hp ,.also remember the early 67 I think might have still had the tri barrel ( might have been dealer only install) option but may be wrong . Missed those days when you could ask for just about any thing you wanted if you had money and the right names . Doug

http://www.pontiactripower.com/tripower-myths
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Tri power.....

65'

1965 GTO Convertible 3 speed tri-power drum brakes originally

Current setup:
400 cu in with tri-power
4 speed Muncie
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Can't go wrong with either. I was looking for a '66 GTO convertible 35 years ago and ended up with a '67 because it was in the best condition for the money at the time. '66 has the magical 389 and tripower, and a nicer interior, IMO, with the chrome-ribbed console and cool seat pleats. The '67 has a more advanced engine and a cleaner looking body, mostly due to the grille and rear end treatments. Both are super-sexy and are excellent cars. My first car as a teenager was a Platinum '66 GTO with a 4 speed, tripower, and black interior. Loved that car!
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Everybody has an opinion.

So, here's mine. If you don't insist on it looking original under the hood, you can look at lots of pics of both year model bodies, to decide which you like best. AFTER you have chosen your favorite body style, THEN you can decide on what you want under the hood. If you like the '67 body better, but want Tri-Power---no problem. You can fit a '66 or aftermarket Tri-Power intake onto a '67-up engine. The block can be a 350, 400, 428, 455, or aftermarket, either iron or alum. Can also have either iron or alum heads, exhaust manifolds or headers.

Hey you can have an economical mild 350, a mild to moderate 400, or a 400-600hp long stroke engine, with three 2-barrels, a small 4-barrel, a 750 or 800cfm Q-jet, a big cfm Holley square bore, or modern FI of some sort.

Again, it all just depends on how original looking you want it to be, under the hood, and how much power you want. Today, almost anything is possible. You can even make it LOOK fairly original, but have a high torque stroker under the hood.

And if you find a nice original type car that you just can't live without, you can replace the engine, with the engine you want, and store the original for future sale, with the car.

Lots of options.
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