1969 Pontiac GTO

The second generation Pontiac GTO was introduced in 1968, along with the A-body Tempest on which it was based. The wheelbase dropped from 115 to 112 inches, and overall length shrank nearly six inches to 201.2. The new hardtop wore a roofline more in keeping with the late-1960s trend toward fastbacks. There were four horizontally placed headlights in the front, although an extra-cost option would conceal them behind doors. The taillights were now part of the bumper assembly. The windshield wipers, for the first time, were concealed behind the rear of the hood when not in use.

The 400 cubic-inch V8 engine offering 265 horsepower in the economical two-barrel version. The Ram Air II induction had 360 hp. A base-engine GTO with automatic transmission and 3.23:1 rear axle covered the quarter-mile in 15.93 seconds at 88.3 miles per hour. A Ram Air four-speed manual car with drag-strip-ready 4.33:1 gears reduced the trip to 14.45 seconds at 98.2 miles per hour.

For 1969, the Pontiac GTO received only minor changes, including a new locking steering column and the deletion of vent windows. The 350 hp standard and 265 hp two-barrel V8 versions remained unchanged. The Ram Air III produced 366 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. The Ram Air IV was rated at 370 horsepower and 445 lb-ft. All of the four-barrel GTO engines had 10.75:1 compression.

The two-barrel 400 could only be mated to the three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic transmission. The four-barrel V-8s were available with either a three-speed manual, four-speed manual or the Turbo Hydra-matic. The standard rear axle gears included 2.93:1 for the two-barrel engine and 3.90:1 for the Ram Air IV engine. Many ratios were available by special order and air conditioning was not available when gears from 3.36:1 to 4.33:1 were requested.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

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1969 Pontiac GTO vehicle information

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1969 Pontiac GTO vehicle information

Hardtop

Chassis Num: 242379A115250
Engine Num: 041981

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1969 Pontiac GTO vehicle information

'Judge' Hardtop

Chassis Num: 242379A119466

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Chassis Num: 242679B164263

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Royal Bobcat Coupe
 
'Judge' Hardtop
 
Hardtop
Chassis #: 242379A115250 
'Judge' Hardtop
Chassis #: 242379A119466 
'Judge' Hardtop
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 242679B164263 
'Judge' Hardtop
 

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Price Comparison

1969 GTO
$4,210-$25,580
1969 Pontiac GTO Price Range: $2,831 - $4,210

$2,770 - $3,200
$2,831 - $3,775

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)580,045
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)919,870
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)706,978
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)586,856
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)586,856
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)870,081
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)910,977
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)782,734
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)831,331
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)802,000
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)715,261

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