1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Project with a Four-Speed

Condition Used
Body Coupe
Make Pontiac
Model GTO 455
Mileage 114789 mi
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1969
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Red
History Yes
VIN: 242379B155638

Pontiac’s legendary 1969 GTO Judge was one of the boldest muscle car packages of the era, and its popularity has endured in the decades since its introduction. The Judge option included wild graphics and stripes, a blacked-out grille, a driver-controlled “Ram Air” system with decals on the hood to denote it, a rear air foil, a Hurst T-handle on the shifter, and a “Judge” emblem on the glovebox door. Its powertrain consisted of the 366-horsepower Ram Air III 400-cu.in. engine (already a GTO option), a 3.55:1 rear axle ratio, and 14-inch Rally II wheels without trim rings. This 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, which will require restoration work, features the highly desirable Carousel Red hue. This Judge was once owned by the late Larry Metzger, who had served as Vice President of the Delaware Valley Old Goat Club and was a long-time member. The Judge was involved in a fire several years ago, but was moved away from the blaze in time and spared damage. A late-1960s 400-cu.in. V-8 replaced the original Ram Air 400 engine and it’s equipped with a four-barrel carburetor and headers. Per the included video, it does run, and the seller says it “seems fine.” He also reports some oil seepage at the rear main seal. The original Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission is still in the Judge, according to the photo that shows the matching partial VIN stamp. A brief road test indicated that the clutch and transmission worked properly, per the seller. Whether or not the 3.55:1 rear gears or optional Safe-T-Track (listed on the invoice) are still in the BOP 10-bolt rear axle is not known. As seen in the photos, there are scratches, chips, dings, peeling paint, and visible rust on the body. The driver’s-door glass was knocked out to gain access to the interior to save the Judge from the fire, but replacement glass is included in the sale. The optional and functioning hood tach is present, as is the Judge rear airfoil. One floorpan section appears to have been replaced with a new one. An extra-cost Custom Sports simulated wood-rimmed steering wheel (added later), Rally gauges, remote control driver’s-side rearview mirror, and a console grace the interior, as does the Hurst T-handle and shifter. Though the dash pad is cracked, the door seals are dried, “The Judge” glovebox door emblem is missing, and an aftermarket radio replaced the stock one, the seller reports that the seats have no tears in their upholstery, the headliner is in good condition, and a new carpet was recently installed.