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Car of the Week - June 10th, 2011

Keith Martin's Sports Car Market has chosen the 1969 Pontiac GTO of Glen Hull as the Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week.

Pontiac’s GTO is generally credited as the first muscle car, and thanks to the GTO’s formula, stuffing a full-size car’s engine under a mid-size car’s hood became the thing to do in the mid to late ’60s American market.

Glen proudly states that nothing is original on this car. Taking a 400-ci V8 and ratcheting it up to 468-ci isn’t the most common conversion, but who can argue with the results? He claims 511 horsepower pumps through the M21 close-ratio 4-speed to the 3.55-geared limited-slip differential. That sounds like it’s begging to be flung down the dragstrip.

Clad in a shiny black coat with color-matching Endura bumper, the darkness is accentuated by a deep tint on the side windows. Glen said the car underwent a restoration in 2004 and 2005, and it still appears good as new.

58,126 GTO 2-dr hard tops were built in 1969. Typical valuations for the cars tend to be $20k to $30k depending on condition. Originality tends to have a broader reach when it comes to resale, but personal enjoyment reaches its peak when it is built as all your own.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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