The August 2015 issue of The Legend features Gary Badalato’s GM Indigo Blue 1964 GTO hardtop. Gary, a Canadian who hails from London, Ontario, purchased his first GTO new in 1966 from a GM dealership in Strathroy, Ontario. He followed this in 1969 with another new Goat, this one a convertible, from the same dealership. Gary then switched his allegiance to Corvettes, but in 2010, he came home to Pontiac with his purchase of a U.S.-built project car that had been in pieces since 1990. The car, listed on, Kijiji (Canada’s equivalent of Craigslist), is a PHS-documented, numbers-matching GTO originally sold by Pearce Motors Inc., Lampasas, Texas. According to Canadian Customs documents the owner had on hand, the car had come across the border legally. Gary initiated a frame-off restoration with the assistance of Paiva Muscle Car Restoration, Hornby, Ontario, and Old Town Auto Paint & Body, Waterdown, Ontario. The result is a stunning resto-mod upgraded with tri-power, front disc brakes, Hedman headers, Centerforce high performance clutch, rear traction and sway bars, full instrumentation, 15-inch Centerline wheels with custom spinners mounted on BF Goodrich Radial TA tires, electronic ignition and a Power Master mini starter. The 389 engine had been previously rebuilt with an #068 Ram Air cam, double-roller timing chain and HO Racing Distributor recurve kit.
Also in the August issue: “Transplant Surgery, Pontiac Style” with Bill Vantuono; “Freemont Assembly Plant Abnormalities” with Doug Wollgast; “The Importance of A Certified Vehicle Appraisal” with Dennis Parus; “Describing Cars” with Jeff Lovich; and “Outlaw Run, Beyond the Book Series, Part 11” with Jim Weicherding.
All this and more—and the new GTOAA Club Store, now operated by Custom Auto Apparel—in the August 2015 issue of The Legend, the only national automotive magazine devoted exclusively to Pontiac’s Great One!