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How to tell if a 1968 GTO had factory Ram Air

Hi everyone. Im new to the Pontiac world and have a few questions about a 1968 GTO I bought. I Have PHS invoice that says it was a GTO but nowhere does it mention Ram Air? Is it because it was added on later or was this not part of the invoice? This an absolute stunning car. New paint too. Everything works like it was when it was brand new. Im normally a chevelle guy but after looking at this car I couldnt pass it up. What are these cars worth? It has an aftermarket Edelbrock intake but also came with the origional. I also got a dual snorkal air cleaner as well. I havent even got the car home yet due to the road conditions so this all i really have for pictures. Any insight would be appreciated.




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Welcome! Stunningly beautiful 68' ya got there.



Not sure how to identify if it came with factory Ram Air but I do know RA was extremely rare that year.
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If the car came from factory with R/A it would state so in the PHS. Being you have the snorkel could be it was added at the dealership or the owner added it. If its a true ram air, it would have HO manifolds. Range on value would be mid 20s low 30s IMO depending on condition and originality.....Numbers matching.

I assume the scoops are operational? I dont see a cable leading to the flaps in that pic. Very nice car!

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Scoops work I dont know about the exhaust manifolds? The best thing about this car is how smooth everything works from hide away headlights to door hinges door handles, windows etc. Has a working AM radio too. Everything works as as good as the day it left the factory. For condition and paint Alot of people would call it a 1 car. It could use a little better detailing under the hood and I dont know if it would help the value with the origional intake on it or to just keep it with the car. Also all the interior is new or like new including all the chrome on the car. I have never had a pontiac but after looking at this one I bought it on the spot because it was so nice. When I get it home Ill have to check it out a little bit better.
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I assume the scoops are operational? I dont see a cable leading to the flaps in that pic. Very nice car!
68 didn't have cables or flaps, you replaced the hood "ornaments" to switch between Ram Air and closed scoops I believe.
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68 didn't have cables or flaps, you replaced the hood "ornaments" to switch between Ram Air and closed scoops I believe.
Now that you mention that I recall that. The ornaments had the back removed to achieve the ram air scoop.

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Scoops work I dont know about the exhaust manifolds? The best thing about this car is how smooth everything works from hide away headlights to door hinges door handles, windows etc. Has a working AM radio too. Everything works as as good as the day it left the factory. For condition and paint Alot of people would call it a 1 car. It could use a little better detailing under the hood and I dont know if it would help the value with the origional intake on it or to just keep it with the car. Also all the interior is new or like new including all the chrome on the car. I have never had a pontiac but after looking at this one I bought it on the spot because it was so nice. When I get it home Ill have to check it out a little bit better.
You have a nice find. IMO, if you're happy with the look keep as is and enjoy but retain all the original parts for the future. The value will be greater. Detailing the engine bay is easy.

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A 1968 GTO with the Ram Air II used a 4 bolt main block with a casting behind the #8 cylinder of 9792506, the heads were cast 96 and had round ports, The engine letter code was WI (manual) and XN (Auto). I believe GTO and Firebird used the same blocks for their RA II engines that year. The standard block casting number for 68 and 69 was 9790071, 68 used the 8 bolt water pump and 69 changed to 11 bolts.

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As soon as i can get the car home ill have to check it out a little bit better. Is a Z code car, as in there is a Z in the vin for manufactured in California make a difference to anyone?
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What o5GTO said. Round port heads and very, very rare. Nice '68 no matter what, though!!
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