1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Convertible
This 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV convertible is a rare one indeed. Beside being equipped with a Ram Air IV engine, it’s a convertible. But in addition to that, as you’ve probably already figured out by looking at the photos, this is a nicely equipped special order GTO convertible with the exterior paint color of Carousel Red. This special color was considered to be available only on the Judge and the Firebird, but here it is on this GTO convertible.
The Ram Air IV was the top of the line, most powerful engine available in the GTO in 1969 and it was not available with air conditioning. However, this engine was not a 4-speed only engine, you could order it with an automatic transmission. That’s exactly how this one was ordered, plus it features a full length console for the floor shifter and the interior is complemented with Parchment trim. I’m a big believer in documentation, and this GTO has its original Protect-O-Plate! This GTO is being offered by Mecum Auctions and I have cropped some of their photos for your viewing pleasure. Here is what Mecum Auctions had to say about this GTO convertible that I really like:
There is much to recommend this eye-catching 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible to the discerning enthusiast. The attraction begins with its special-order color combination of Carousel Red paint and Parchment interior that virtually shouts “1969!” But there is more to love under the twin-scooped hood, wherein lurks what has been described as “probably the finest, best-balanced all-around street performance engine ever built…” the Ram Air IV V-8. That depiction by the late Pontiac GTO guru Paul Zazarine put the Ram Air IV powerplant in its proper context as the best of a generation of outstanding engines that powered almost a decade of Pontiac muscle machines.
The Ram Air IV was not for the faint of heart; based on a 4-bolt main version of Pontiac’s versatile full-size passenger-car engine, the Ram Air IV employed new heads with large round ports and redesigned combustion chambers, swirl polished valves and an aluminum intake manifold, and was conservatively rated at 370 HP and 445 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, only 14 1969 GTO convertibles were produced with the Ram Air IV in concert with a 3-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, making examples such as this very rare today. Combining an SR-suffix warranty replacement block with a 400 Turbo automatic and 3.90:1 Posi-traction rear end, this unique GTO convertible was recently treated to a sympathetic mechanical sorting performed by Muscle Car Restorations, Inc. in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, who flushed the fuel system, cleaned and rebuilt the Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor and replaced all fluids. Nicely appointed with power steering and front disc brakes, bucket seats and console, power windows, antenna and driver’s seat, Rallye gauges, rare factory shoulder harnesses, hideaway headlights, hood tachometer and Rallye II wheels with redline tires. This Ram Air IV GTO convertible is offered with PHS documentation and the all-important Protect-O-Plate.