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GTO owner trail.

Any ideas on researching original or first owner of a motor car (GTO).

I have GTO that was built in Michigan and sold new at Stinnetts Pontiac dealership in Sarasota' Florida. The car then came to the ( UK London ) around 1969.
I assume the car went to the UK due to the owner being in the USAF or military and was stationed according. (thats how alot of US cars ended up here).
I have contacted the tax office in Sarasota to trace tax trail' but they say their records only go back ten years' so no use.
I dont believe the car was ordered through a dealer in the UK because the spec (performance orientated) would not of been saleable here in the late 60s early 70s. The UK market was for basic Chevys / Fords and Luxury spec car' plus the car was 3years old then.

Does anyone have any knowledge on tracing if possible the military ownership route or anyother ideas?
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"I have contacted the tax office in Sarasota to trace tax trail' but they say their records only go back ten years' so no use."

By tax office do you mean tag office cause in Kansas you can do a title search on a vin. # and come up with the past owners. It works well if car as lived it's whole life in Kansas. I did the Judge in 2004 so was still working then..

Check out my thread "18 tickets in one year" cause I posted it after talking with the original owner of my Judge.. Good Luck, Les
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In California, we are not privy to any of that information because of privacy issues. Also, records tend to get purged after 8 years. I was able to track 4 previous owners of my '65 due to paperwork that came with the car when I got it in 1982. I had finally tracked down the 2nd owner in 2009 with the wonders of the internet, and dragged my feet in contacting him. When I went to break the ice this past summer, I'd found out that sadly, he'd passed away in late '09. In the UK, I have no idea how the records are kept, but I'll bet a '66 GTO gets plenty of attention!!!
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