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1965 Pontiac GTO - Mike and Mary Kay must have Goat Blood in their veins
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By Society Staff – reprint with permission only

Since the age of 10 I've been a car nut. I have always enjoyed working on cars. My dad sold Pontiacs for 54 years so naturally my favorite cars were Pontiacs. I also had a desire to go fast, so anything with a big engine intrigues me.

When my wife Mary Kay and I got married, we made automobiles not only our hobby, but also our second job. We bought and sold cars to make some extra money. We also always seemed to have an "older" car to play with and cruise in.

In 1988 we bought our first '65 GTO and restored it with the help of our son Nick. In 1990 we brought it to the GTO nationals in Louisville and won 1st place in the modified division. For over 20 years that car won many shows and titles before finally selling it in 2006. After that we had a few other cars, but last year I decided that I wanted another 65 GTO.

I found this car in West Vancouver British Columbia. The guy that owned the car was a restorer so he would only sell me the car if he did the restoration. As you can see he did an awesome job.

The car is Teal Turquoise with black interior. It's a 44,000 mile car with 3X2 induction, 4 speed and a 3:55 Posi rear-end gear. It also has tilt wheel, AM-FM radio with reverb and a power antenna. It has power steering and brakes, which I upgraded to front discs.

We got the car in September of last year and haven't been able to drive it other than to a couple shows. We are waiting for the weather to get warm so we can go cruising this summer.

We're planning on attending the POCI in St Charles IL, the Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks in Flint Mi. and the Frankenmuth Auto Fest this year besides all the local cruises. We'll see you There!

This is probably how the car would have looked sitting on the showroom floor.

Original style T-3 headlights reflect the attention to detail evident throughout the car.

Yes, AM/FM was an extremely rare and expensive back then, but it doesn't hold a candle to the cool-factor of a 4-speed GTO.

"C'mon turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO"