I've been involved in early GTO's for a long time (over 30 years) and I have NEVER seen documentation or verification of an "original" tripower '67. In fact, to the best of my knowlege, the '66 tripower cars ended production before the total production for the '66 model year ended. IMO, If a '67 has a tripower on it (and my own'67 has run a tripower), someone other than the factory put it there.
Well, as usual geeteeo was spot on. Below is my response from Mr. Wangers. This just goes to show don't believe everything you read. Jim has laid to rest many rumors over the years and has clarified many misstatements about the GTO.
Here is the correspondence between Jim and I:
Question for you!!
I had heard over the years there was a few EARLY 1967 GTOs produced with Tri-Power. I have read in the >> The GTO Red Book this to be true. However many swear NONE were ever built.
In 2008 I attended a Car Auction in Atlantic City NJ where on the block was a Gold 1967 frame off resto GTO with Tri-Power. This was repeated many times during the auction by the auctioneer. Nothing was stated about a PHS document proving this however. There is some debate going around as to if there was or was not ever a 1967 tri-power produced at factory.
I thought you would be the man to ask!!
" This is an easy one, Vic...
...the answer is absolutely and with no compromise NO. Pontiac stopped building Tri-Power equipped car in early June 1966, months before the 1967 models appeared on the assembly line.
However, some Dealers at their customers request did install Tri-Power assemblies on new cars and included the price in the original sale. A factory build sheet will certainly not confirm this.
The year 1967 introduced the new Quadrajet 4-bbl carburetor on the entire Pontiac line which was promoted as passing as much air as the previous Tri-Power assembly.
I wuz there and remember the initial disappointment we all shared in the death of all multiple carburetion on every GM car except the Corvette. This was a Corporate mandate in response to pressure they were getting from the US Govt. for capturing too much of the US car market. In 1966 GM earned 55.2% of the entire new vehicle market.
Hope to see your guys somewhere next summer.
Jim Wangers "
There we have it......another misstatement laid to rest.