Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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With an option like bench seats, I don't think you will find a specific break down between convertibles and hardtops. Often the number is derived from a percentage of cars equipped with a bench seat. The GTO came with a set of options as "standard" - ie the GTO package. But, you could also select individual items through a dealership if you ordered the car, or if a dealership ordered a specific car. Of course the factory could do this too. So the bench seat was an option over the standard bucket seats included in the GTO package. Same with the column shifter.
My brother owned a 1967 GTO with the optional 255 HP 2BBL carb 400CI engine, a real low compression, economy version of the 400CI. I suspect it was a low production offering on a 1967 GTO, but it did not make the car more valuable, it decreased its value because the desirable GTO's have the higher HP engines. The 3-speed manual trans is standard on the GTO, but most opted for the extra cost 4-speed or automatic. In the price guides, they usually deduct a percentage of the GTO value for having a 3-speed! Its a good trans, I've had them, but its the 4-speeds that make the GTO desirable and higher priced. You might find that your car had the lower HP engine seeing it has the bench and column shift. There was a 335 HP version of the 400CI as well. Get the PHS history on your car using its VIN number. It will tell you a lot about your car if you haven't already found the cars build sheet.
In any case, a convertible is a great start whether its original or not, it will still pull a higher value, but its not about value, its about the fun, the memories, the car shows, cruizing, thumbs up gestures, and the occasional street challenge. And make sure you use SPF-50 sunscreen when the tops down -which will be most of the time. Hahaha