1972 Pontiac GTO
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'72 Pontiac GTO, LS3 Powered Restomod

The 1972 GTO exemplifies the pinnacle of Pontiac styling for The Great One. Unfortunately, by then horsepower was down, even on the 455 H.O. The owner of this particular tiger remedied that by swapping out the original drivetrain in favor of a modern and heavily modified LS3 mill, making between 550-600hp. Mated to a 4L80E transmission, this thing runs and drives out stronger than any vintage Judge, heck with more power than the Supreme Court!

Custom high flow exhaust and modern performance wheels and tires round out the “go fast” package.

A close inspection of the body and interior and it is apparent that the attention went into the mechanicals in this build. This would be a great car to drive in the summer and work on in the offseason to really make it show worthy. Dash bezel and console customizations aside, the interior is original, showing signs of wear consistent with 40 years of use. Gauges and stereo system are recently installed custom units.

The paint is shiny, but body panel fit off, bumpers, trunk lid, fenders and hood could be refitted to line up better. There is evidence of quarter panel repair or replacement on the right side. There is also evidence of lifting under the vinyl roof.

If you want a car that “shows” as well as it “goes”, then you have yourself a solid driver that you can enjoy during the summer and bring the interior and body up to snuff next winter. The price is right as it sits and there is plenty of potential here to work with.

Principal Use

Project Car

Conditional Grade

Very Good
70%-79% of as delivered condition. All equipment is working as designed, the patina of normal aging and wear is evident but even in all areas, consistent with a well-maintained car, driven on a limited basis and indoor storage.

Overall Originality


A mostly outwardly stock appearing car, usually restored with drivetrain and performance components upgrade with bolt-on performance enhancing parts. Could extend to a full drivetrain and suspension swap working within the constraints of the stock frame and sheet metal. These modifications are largely reversible without cutting or welding.

SYA's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

*Custom Drivetrain, LS3 engine, 4L80E Transmission
*Modern Wheel and Tire Combination
*Custom Dash Bezel and Gauges
*Strong Mechanicals,
*Body, Paint, Interior could use TLC to bring it up to show quality


Engine Type
Engine Size
LS3 V8
Fuel Specification


Body Color
Bright Red
Body Style
Paint Type




Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
Engine Size
LS3 V8
Transmission Type
Automatic Floor Shift
Body Style
Principal Use
Project Car
Conditional Grade
Very Good
Overall Originality
Current Location
League City, TX 77573

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