The June 2015 issue of The Legend features Jim Eyer’s 1966 GTO hardtop. The first thing that most people notice about this car is not its dazzling Tiger Gold paint or glistening Hurst wheels, but its unusual, glossy black painted roof, a factory option in 1966. “The roof really helps to distinguish the car from other GTOs at shows,” Jim says. And indeed, Jim’s GTO has won several awards, enough to make him feel “very, very fortunate.” Jim’s GTO was built at Pontiac’s Fremont, California, plant in February 1966. Its Tiger Gold (Code O, officially Coronado Gold in 1966 but also called “Gee-To Tiger Gold”) with Black finish is matched with a Code 221 Fawn (Gold) interior. The numbers-matching drivetrain consists of a Code WW (4bbl with California emissions) 389, which Jim converted to Tri-Power, and a wide-ratio Muncie four-speed transmission and 3:55 rear. It was built with very few options—tinted windshield, AM radio, and center console. Jim, with the help of two friends, did most of the work himself. He rebuilt the engine with a few performance upgrades, including Tri-Power, Ram Air exhaust manifolds, M+H ignition, Ram Air III camshaft and a Pypes Exhaust system. Finishes touches included Diamond Back Classics Red Line tires mounted on Hurst wheels, red fender liners, a Sun Tach, and Auto Meter gauges. The result is a trophy-winning GTO that always manages to turn more than a few heads.
Also in the June issue: “Convention Corner 2015” with Bill Sanders, representing the Indy GTO Association, which with the Pontiacs of Southeastern Indiana is co-hosting the 2015 GTOAA Nationals in Columbus, Indiana; “GTOAA Concours Program Update” with Bill Markowski; “Memories of Hurst Performance” with Dennis Kirban; “Saving the Barn Find” with Steve Schaeffer; and “Little GTOs” with Tim Sickle.
All this and more—and the new GTOAA Club Store, now operated by Custom Auto Apparel—in the June 2015 issue of The Legend, the only national automotive magazine devoted exclusively to Pontiac’s Great One!