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Restoring 65 gto. Question did rally io rims come on 65. Guy I bought from said it was a Hurst package 65. Any help on if he was full of it would be appreciated. I think somebody sold the hurst rims and put the rally iis on.
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65 was the first year for the Rally I wheel, Rally II's were not available until 67. If your car is indeed a true Hurst Car it would be worth the investment to find a set of Hurst wheels. What is the color code of your car?

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Hurst wheels were aftermarket and available beginning in '65. Most all original Hurst wheel equipped cars had a "Hurst Equipped" plaque mounted on the L/S of the trunklid. GTO's were not equipped with Hurst wheels at the factory. And what '05 said about the Rally's....
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So there is no code for a hurst package? Was it just an aftermarket item? There was 2holes on the left side of the trunk but no Hurst plaque that I have found yet in the many boxes of parts I received with the car. I'll keep looking. Were the wheels and plaque the only items that designated a Hurst package? Was paint color a factor?
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Here is information on the 65 Hurst GTO,

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Pontiac advertising executive Jim Wangers’ specialty was creating winning combinations. When he partnered with Royal Pontiac, George Hurst and Petersen Publishing in 1965 to further boost sales of performance parts and the hot-selling GTO, the result was a nationwide contest based on a song recorded by a band called "The Tigers" on the Colpix label. And that song was… "GeeTO Tiger."

The contest Grand Prize was a specially-prepared 1965 Pontiac GTO. Equipped with over 28 factory options plus special gold Hurst mag wheels, a special Hurst Gold paint job and a gold-plated Hurst Shifter, it was the ultimate GTO and the ultimate promotional vehicle. Jim Wangers described it as “a total street machine, the nicest GTO you could put your hands on.”

Both Hurst and Pontiac advertised and promoted the car in automotive magazines for months in 1965 with full-page ads and wide editorial coverage. Pontiac offered the record in many of their ads, and in total, over 450,000 "GeeTO Tiger" albums were distributed. The winner was a last minute entrant, 19-year old Alex Lampone of West Allis, Wisconsin, who received the keys from George Hurst at the 1965 NHRA Indy Nationals.

Lampone treasured the car and drove it sparingly for a few years before selling it to Pete Yeko, who won regularly with it at Great Lakes Drag-a-way in Union Grove, Wisconsin. GTO collector Jim Urban bought the car and rebuilt the engine before selling it to Jerry Trevelan of Appleton, Wisconsin in 1975. The GeeTO’s true identity was obscured until a chance encounter with Jim Wangers, who told a surprised Trevelan of its historic status. Trevelan had the car repainted in 1982; otherwise it’s completely original and has traveled just 59,000 miles.

After nearly thirty years in Jerry Treleven's care, Jerry sold the Hurst "GeeTO Tiger" to collector Colin Comer. The "GeeTO Tiger" has since been reunited with the 1965 Hurst/Motor Trend Magazine Riverside 500 GTO Pace Car in Dana Mecum’s magnificent collection of rare and historical Pontiacs.

The subject of a hit record and a wildly successful nationwide marketing campaign, the "GeeTO Tiger" is perhaps the most significant GTO of all time. Certainly no other car is so closely tied to the model’s history: It’s an original Royal Bobcat car, hand assembled by Pontiac Engineering and Hurst Performance Products, and with its young new owner was a hit at the 1965 NHRA Indy Nationals.

The car is discussed in Jim Wanger's popular book Glory Days, The Big Little GTO Book, Classic Sixties, Musclecar Enthusiast and Car Collector magazines and Dennis Kirban's Hurst Wheel and Memorabilia book. More recently it was the official 40th Anniversary GTO Nationals car and was reproduced in a limited edition model by Performance Years Enterprises. The car was the subject of a feature road test episode on Spike TV's "Musclecar" show, and part of an exclusive interview with the “Godfather of the GTO” Jim Wangers, and noted GTO historian/author Paul Zazarine on "V-8 TV" in 2007.

Now forty-two years after exploding onto the blossoming American musclecar scene, the GeeTO Tiger is ready to fulfill another lucky owner’s dreams.


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So there was only 1 factory Hurst "GeeTO Tiger" made?
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