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1970 GTO Judge Convert

The "frenched" headlights were made possible courtesy of
Pontiac-pioneered Endura bumper covering.

Ram Air IV 400 Pontiac V8

A Ram Air III engine was the standard power plant for
the 1970 GTO Judge.

by Eric White Wild About Cars Staff Writer & Tom Mischke - reprint with permission only

The 1969 GTO “The Judge” was not an extraordinarily huge sales success. The option sold just over 6,000 units during its half-year life span. However, the visually striking option was lucrative enough for Pontiac to rule, “bring it back” for a second go around in 1970.

The hide-away headlight option was lost in the redesign for ’70. A very pleasing dual headlight set-up was “frenched” into the redesigned front Endura-covered front bumper. Body-side wind splits were sculpted above each wheel opening. Taillights were moved back into a redesigned, slimmed down rear bumper. Above the upper belt line, things remained pretty much unchanged, including the three-year-old, twin-scooped hood.

1970’s new Pontiac-exclusive paint color was a love-it or hate-it shade of yellow-orange called Orbit Orange. Today, nearly forty-five years later, the lovers of this extraordinary color far outnumber the haters. Another very popular color today is your basic black. On The Judge, this color intimates judicial robes. Out of 40,149 GTOs built in 1970, only 1,515 were delivered in Starlight Black.

The Judge production numbers dropped in 1970. Only 3,635 hardtops and a mere 168 convertibles were manufactured. Our feature car is one of those very rare droptops. Wild About Cars met up with this absolutely stunning example at the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Chicago this past November.

This 1970 Judge Convertible was built in Pontiac, Michigan and was then shipped to Oshawa, Ontario Canada on 10-27-69. It is hard to determine exactly how many The Judge convertibles were shipped to and sold new in Canada . . .

To Read more about this awesome GTO Judge - Click HERE!

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