This offering is one of only 3,629 1970 Pontiac GTO Judges hardtops built with the 400-cid, 366-hp Ram Air III V-8 engine. This car also has a console-mounted Hurst-shifter four-speed manual transmission; it is noted that only 3,054 Judge hardtops in 1970 received this potent combination. The Orbit Orange-on-black GTO’s equipment includes bucket seats; Judge-exclusive badging and graphics displayed in the primary color of darker orange, with blue-and-magenta trim; Ram Air induction; power-flow ventilation without air conditioning; correct rear spoiler; chin spoiler; dual exhaust with reverse-flow mufflers and chromed tips; chromed valve covers; black textured grille, radio; power brakes with front discs and steering.
For 1970 (the second year for the Judge-optioned LeMans-based GTO), on Ram Air-equipped cars, the scoops channeled air via cable-operated flaps into foam-sealed air chambers integrated with the air cleaner cover. Additional changes for the 1970 model year included a turned-metal appliqué at the bottom of the woodgrained instrument panel and four headlamps encased in a new, flexible Endura front bumper finished in body color. Subtle styling changes on the 1970 models include a redesigned rear spoiler and the blacked-out grille.
It is reported that this particular car was purchased new from Gordon Pontiac in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago, on August 28, 1970, and it continues to run with its original drivetrain, according to the owner. This Orbit Orange musclecar remained in the original owners’ family until being purchased by its current collector/owner “several years ago.” The Judge has undergone a “fully authentic concours restoration with all of the correct finishes and oversprays, just like what was performed at the factory.” The chassis and underbody received as much attention to detail as the exterior.
The owner conveys that this car “is true artwork.” The interior was cared for in a manner that it was saved except for the carpets being replaced during the restoration process. The car will be offered by Auctions America at its Auburn Spring Sale on May 7, where is expected to bring $ 95,000 – $110,000.