Exceptionally well documented from new
1964 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Chassis no. 824B35769
On June 8, 1964, Albert Menegus of Clifton, New Jersey walked into Richert Pontiac in the same town and sat down with the salesman, a Mr. A. Girone, to order a brand-new car for his daughter. Bert chose a LeMans convertible and specified the GTO package ($295.90), automatic transmission ($199.06), power steering ($96.84), Custom Sport steering wheel ($39.27), two-speed wipers ($4.84), tinted windshield ($19.91), and push button AM radio ($62.41). Other equipment included a remote decklid release, tilt steering, and standard axle with 3.23 gears. He also specified Nocturne Blue paint with a black interior and power top. With white-wall tires, the GTO's tally was $3584.23.
According to the passenger car shipping order, this GTO convertible was built on July 30, 1964. Bert's daughter accepted delivery on August 7th of what was one of only 6,644 built.
Ms. Menegus drove the GTO to her teaching job for a number of years, got married, then relegated the GTO to family car status for a few more years, including a move to California and Oregon. Her husband understood its collectability, so he eventually brought it up to respectful condition to the point where it was first place winner in the 1964-65 Stock Convertible class and winner of Best Stock Engine at the 1997 Tiger Run. Motor was rebuilt at 63,000 miles and upgraded to Tri-Power induction, bumping the factory horsepower from 325 to 348. Also rebuilt were the console-shifted automatic, suspension, and brakes, and a new exhaust system was installed. All trim and chrome was redone too. The interior was completely restored with all trim intact including the wood steering wheel, and the top was replaced in 2007. Underneath, a larger sway bar was installed up front, and another one added to the rear.
Included in the sale of this GTO convertible are the original paperwork including invoice, State of New Jersey Certificate of Ownership, owner's manual, Owner Protector Plan manual, convertible top manual, and Pontiac Ident-O-Plate. As the godfather of the muscle car, it goes without saying that the 1964 GTO convertible is de rigueur to the collector of American performance vehicles.