The Coastal Customs team is in the process of restoring this 1967 Pontiac GTO to its former glory. When we are done this vehicle will sport with a Corvette ZR1 engine and a 6 speed manual gearbox, it should be pushing out around 600hp. But all that is to be experienced. Let’s give you a short background about what sets this car apart from the rest of the pack.
1967 saw the last year for boxy straight lines, a new gun in the Pontiac model lineup, the Firebird, would shape the next years GTO lineup. There were few differences on the 1967 GTO from the previous year. Most notable were the twin pin stripes along the upper Beltline and body side accent mouldings were slightly revised. GTO buyers also had a new choice of power when it came to engine displacement. The standard was the 400 cubic inch engine that produced 255 horsepower. A severe drop in standard horsepower from the previous year. Two optional horsepower rated 400’s were available to power hungry consumers. A 335 and a 360 horsepower 400 cubic inch motor were available.
Drivers of 1967 GTO’s are in for a somewhat different experience from previous models. Thanks — again — to a fit of corporate conservatism, GM decreed that, for 1967 and beyond, midsize muscle cars would no longer be offered with multiple Carburetion. This hit the GTO and Oldsmobile’s 4-4-2 particularly hard, since each had built a strong performance reputation with Tri-Power offerings in ’66 (Olds guys call theirs Tri-Carbs). The wonder of Tri-Power was how its trio of Rochester 2G carburettors was arranged to allow frugal around-town cruising on the centre two-barrel carb. But once you buried your size 11 Thom McAn GTO shoe past the 2/3 mark, the end carbs snapped open, creating a low moan as the 360 horsepower 400 cubic inch motor surged to redline.