The Rare 1965 GTO That Did Not Get Away
Published May 21, 2016
Like many of us, Roger Hinther was first introduced to cars as a child. However, Roger grew up in a time when the muscle car craze was just starting and the big three were actively targeting young men with fast sporty muscle cars.
Unlike most of us who at one time owned our dream car and let it slip away, Roger has been able to keep his car, as the original owner from when he first bought in 1964 all the way through to today.
The car that first attracted Roger’s attention in 1964 was a 1965 Pontiac GTO. Upon first laying eyes upon one, he knew right then and there this was the car he was going to buy.
The vast majority of GTOs being sold at the time had the vinyl top that Roger was not too fond of. Fortunately for him, the first dealer he met with snubbed him, forcing him to not settle for anything less than he really wanted.
Moving on, he was able to find the exact car he wanted about 100 miles away, a Maize colored GTO with a rare two-color option. The roof was not vinyl but rather painted black and bordered by chrome. Upon laying his eyes on it, he knew that it was exactly what he wanted. He drove the car home after paying $3,130.
The Goat that Roger bought is quite interesting. It was powered by a top-of-the-line 389 with a trio of two-barrel Rochester carburetors serving fuel. With two bucket seats in front, gears were managed through a Hurst shifter connected to a Muncie four-speed transmission.
Additional options include rally gauges with a built in tachometer, a Safe-T-track differential and two-speed wipers. Topping everything off was a pushbutton radio, Soft Ray glass, vanity and non-glare rear view mirrors, a console and retractable seat belts.
With Roger relying on other vehicle as his primary source of transportation, the GTO always turned heads when it was taken out just as it was intended to do.
As time marched on, Roger eventually like many of us decided he needed more power. His itch was scratched with a brand-new 454/450 horsepower block that he paid $401 for from a friend who worked at the Chevy dealership.
Performance improvements were topped off with a Mallory ignition, a Holley 850 double-pump carburetor, and headers. Improvements didn’t stop with the motor. He replaced that the original 3.23s with 3.55 gears. While many people assumed the Goat was a cammed up 389, Roger was able to win more than his fair share of races back in the day.
As time continued its relentless march forward, Roger decided to put the car back to its original condition. Unfortunately, the person whom he sold the engine to had long sold the car the engine went into and the engine itself. If Roger was to put a 389 into his Goat, it was going to have to come from another source.
Another man whom Roger had crossed paths with was looking to do a similar LS6 swap into his 1966 GTO. He was able to eventually restore the power-train of his GTO to original with the exception of a Tri-power set up was able to pick up locally.
The car has been babied over the fifty plus years in Roger’s hands. It still has its original paint, interior in near-perfect condition, original carpets, seats, and door panels. Nothing has really changed to the car with the exception of the powertrain.
Over the years, Brian, Roger’s son fell in love with the car that he came from the hospital in. The Goat has been passed to his son’s loving hands to serve as caretaker for the next fifty years.
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