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A beautifully restored and modernized 1962 Pontiac Gran Prix from Gary's Rods & Restorations. Seen at the Goodguys 32nd All American Get-together

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1962 Pontiac Gran Prix - Gary's Rods & Restoration GP is a resto with subtle upgrades
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There were more than 2,500 cars and trucks at the Goodguys 32nd All-American Get-together March 29-30th. From all out customs to flamed roadsters and with muscle cars, Tri-five Chevys, trick trucks and more. But one car caught the eye of the Wild About Cars staff. Gary’s Rods and Restorations had an exhibit in the vendor hall with their recently restored 1962 Pontiac Gran Prix on display. This car stopped us in our tracks. What makes this car special is the seamless blend of a full frame off restoration with subtle upgrades that look factory stock.

Gary George described the car to us as follows. The car was built for a customer who wanted to recreate the car he owned in his youth. A suitable candidate was found in New York that was (remarkably) rust free and intact. The car was shipped back to Watsonville, CA to Gary’s shop where a full frame-off restoration was performed. The body was perfected and sprayed with an original 1962 Pontiac color called Yorktown Blue (Chevrolet called it silver blue), the trim all straightened and rechromed. The car looks gorgeous !

Where it was “modernized” was in the engine, brake and exhaust areas. The engine is a Pontiac 455 stroked to 488 with Edelbrock aluminum heads and 4 bbl intake with a Holley 750 double pumper carb.   A serpentine belt system turns the water pump, modern alternator, power steering pump and Vintage Air compressor. The engine is mated to a Keisler 5-speed transmission with a Pontiac/Hurst shifter assembly (looks stock !) A full Magnaflow exhaust system from the headers back lets that bill mill breath. The suspension is stock Pontiac with Corvette disk brakes (Gary believes they are C4’s) on all four corners. 17” American Mags with 225/55/17 tires give the car that “just right” stance.

Inside, the Pontiac was re-upholstered in the original “parchment” colored interior with new carpets. What is the most interesting aspect of the interior is the dashboard. At first glance it looks like an original restored 1962 Gran Prix dash. However, as Gary points out, this was a custom reproduction (costing $3,500 !!) of the original dash BUT the “idiot light” spaces for the water temp, and oil pressure were removed. The original Pontiac dash spaces for fuel and generator gauges were filled with gauges for fuel, oil pressure, alternator and water temp from later year cars. You have to look twice to notice these gauges the workmanship of that dash is that good. The stock console houses the Hurst/Pontiac shifter and optional factory tachometer.

All in all – this is one great looking 1962 Pontiac Gran Prix that can run and stop with the best of them. 

To see the 1962 Pontiac Factory brochure click here:

Gary’s Rods & Restorations
546 Walker St.
Watsonville, CA 95076

This front quarter view sows off the perfect sheet metal and paintwork

The back end with the Gran Prix specific trim and emblems and those subtle exhaust tips

A very healthy Pontiac 455 stroked to 488 with Edelbrock heads and intake

Wilwood master cylinder activates Corvette C4 disks on all four corners

Look closely at the guage areas on either side of the speedometer-- that's custom work !