LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV
For the 1969 model year, Pontiac released the highest-performing production version of its venerable 400. Called the Ram Air IV, it was designed for operation up to 6,500 RPM. The Ram Air IV was essentially an update of the round port 1968 ½ Ram Air II and featured new larger intake ports, a new aluminum two-plane high-rise intake manifold with removable heat crossover and new 1.65:1 rockers, which increased valve lift to .516-inch. Combined with the round-port cast-iron headers, the new Ram Air IV was rated at 370 HP at 5,500 RPM with 445 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 RPM with 10.75:1 compression and a specially calibrated Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor. Actual horsepower for the GTO was closer to 450 HP, though it was downplayed for insurance and race-class qualification. The Ram Air IV had a much higher power band than other 400s, making it a great drag-strip performer. Available with either a Muncie 4-speed or Turbo 400 automatic, it came with standard 3.90 gearing, with ultra-steep 4.33s optional. Due to these restrictions, production was quite limited, but stellar examples like this machine still exist today.
This 1969 Ram Air IV GTO Judge is one of only 549 Judges produced with the Ram Air IV engine and 4-speed transmission, an extremely desirable combination among the serious collectors. According to the original bill of sale, it was sold new at MacLean Motor Sales on March 4th, 1969 for the price of $5,359. It was factory ordered in the highly desirable Carousel Red (code 72) complemented by a Black bucket seat interior. Other options include 4.33 Rear Axle Ratio, Front Floor Mats, Posi-Traction, Power Front Disc Brakes, Rally II Wheels, Y96 Handling Package, and “Judge” Option.
This Judge has received a full frame-off nut and bolt professional restoration by us here at Legendary Motorcar. The car was completely disassembled and stripped to bare metal. The frame was removed and the entire drivetrain was rebuilt. The body of this vehicle was gone over from front to back and the body fit is laser-straight. Once the body was prepared, it was given a fresh coat of Carousel Red (Code 72). The frame was also stripped, and all chassis components were replaced and refinished in the correct original factory finishes. The Ram Air IV engine has been carefully restored to "as-new" condition. The entire engine assembly was given a coat of the correct Pontiac silver-blue engine paint. No stone was left unturned, and the interior was completely redone with nothing but the best of correct materials. All instruments and gauges were checked for operation and repaired or replaced if necessary. All wire harnesses were even replaced. The restoration on this GTO is "factory correct," right down to the original style Goodyear bias ply tires.
The history of this very rare Pontiac collectible has been documented with items including a copy of the original bill of sale, GM of Canada certification, Pontiac Historical documentation, period photos, restoration receipts and restoration photos. For a Pontiac connoisseur looking for a desirable GTO, it doesn’t get any better than this one. With this quality of restoration, documentation and rarity this Ram Air IV GTO is a must-have for any serious muscle car collector. This car was also featured on an episode of the Television show, Legendary Motorcar.
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