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As you may or may not know, I'm in the market for a 68 GTO. I have found a couple of good candidates however they are not in the neighborhood. So I'm hoping for some opinions and checking to see if anyone lives in the areas these cars are located could put eyeballs and ears on them for me and give me the low down.

Oddly - both cars are the same price so that's not in equation.

First is car one, a 68 hardtop located in Trumbull CT currently banana yellow (I kinda like it) has hideaways, his n hers, PS, PB, disc upgrade, 4:11 posi, decent interior, body work is done, engine and tranny rebuilt, looks to be the better of the cars as it sits today.










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Then there's car 2
A 68 hardtop in Detroit. This one is intriguing low mile "barn find" currently lime green (UGH - don't get me started) Engine and tranny rebuilt - numbers matching - no hideaways, PS, PB he has 2 rearends for it, has literally PILES of parts that go with it, everything is new, he has all original badges and all replacement badges, all original switches - all new switches original lights and bezels - replacement ligts and bezels ... on and on, all chrome has been re-chromed, blah blah blah He sent me 100 pictures, there's probably 5 grand or more in parts. He says the body work is done, needs paint, interior put back in some finishing touches. Here's where it gets cool though - original color was code E: Aegena Blue Metallic and original interior was Parchment/Ivory. I mean WOW what a nice color combo to restore. I have NEVER even seen a picture of a GTO in that color. So I am really excited about what THIS car could be.
















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Ok I am a bit juiced (which I try not to do when dealing with cars).
Got the cowl tag and VIN off car 2.



So 1st week of Dec build
Kansas City Plant
Parchment Interior with Aegena Blue Paint

I have never seen a GTO from KC - and I might be head over heels for this car. That and the colors have really got me. Any info I am missing off the data plate? I am far from an expert.

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Where abouts in Detroit, i am in the area, might be able to get out and take a look for you.

Never seen one either heres some cars in the color there is also a Aegean blue (non-pontiac color) which i believe are the lighter cars.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Aege...59%3B800%3B596

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Looking at the picture of the rear of the lime green car has me confused.
The rear body panel looks to be from a 69.
I may be wrong but it don't look anything like the one on my sons 68
Trunk lid not 68 either
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Looking at the picture of the rear of the lime green car has me confused.
The rear body panel looks to be from a 69.
I may be wrong but it don't look anything like the one on my sons 68
Trunk lid not 68 either
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x2 on this one. The back panel looks to be 1969 with the open holes for the'69 lights. Looks to be welded in. Does the vin tag match the data plate? Does it look altered? That rivet on the lower right of the data plate looks suspicious, but it might just be covered with dirt or just a poor shot of it. Just saying. Everything in the photos says "1968", except for the rear panel.
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I agree on that tag rivet. It's not the factory rivet.
Looks like the head of that rivet been hammered on

You wouldn't think somebody would be stupid enough to put a vin tag from a 68 on the shell of a 69 ....sorry....just thinking out loud.

Maybe someone liked the looks of the rear of a 69 and changed out the panel but tailights, trunk lid.....which looks to me from a 69...bumper and brackets would have to be 69 also
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I asked him about the rear. He's just not a Pontiac guy and had no clue what he was doing when he was ordering parts for the car. It's no longer a contender as the issues seem to be piling up. It's NOT numbers matching it has a 68 YC 400 (big car) so I have no faith in a lot of what he's told me. Not that I think he's purposely trying to pull one over ... I just don't think he knows better. So l just don't want to get into a car that's had this much work done ... Possibly poorly.

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And looks like the banana sold. Sooooo back to square one.

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On the rivet.....looks like maybe Bondo in the head of the rivet? Big splotch of it in the bottom middle of the picture over the tag makes me believe this. That may be more worrisome yet.....I would honestly need to see the other rivet and perhaps take a brass toothbrush to the other (pictured) rivet to clean it and inspect it as original.

Not sure on the rear of the car though....I do agree it looks similar to a 69 rear but I'm not as familiar with the 68 with the bumper and tail lights out.

All that said Purebred, I would concentrate on finding the most complete car you can for your money; as you know, the restoration costs can many times exceed the value of the finished project. Knowing this, I find it easier to walk away from some of these "needy orphans" even though I can envision what they would look like complete.
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