The ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge is a musclecar enthusiasts the world over can aspire to own. What was initially supposed to be a one-year only marketing scheme created by Jim Wangers, the lead man in the Pontiac sales department of the day, the Judge would continue on for three model years of production and an eternity of collector’s status.
Finding an original example today can be an often tedious task, and although we see them pop up from time to time at classic car auctions and in the classifieds, they demand a king’s ransom. As is often the case, many gearheads take it upon themselves to build their own. We found this incredibly clean, freshly resto-modified ’69 GTO wearing a Judge’s robe at Eric’s Classic Muscle Cars.
Saying this car is immaculate would be an understatement, as you could literally eat off of the undercarriage if you wanted to. Although this particular Pontiac isn’t a real Judge, it is in fact a GTO.
Despite this, the previous owner has removed the original 400ci Pontiac mill and implanted a hot-cammed 5.7L LS1 and T-56 6-speed transmission in its place. Obviously the purists won’t be happy, but this only means that you can have the GTO Judge look without having to worry about ruining an irreplaceable classic when you drive it.
Our only gripe with this car? It’s $100,000. For that kind of money, you could buy a slightly used ZR1 Corvette, and that’s exactly what the seller wants in trade for this thing. We think he’s crazy, because realistically, it’s simply a non-original GTO Judge tribute car that’s packing the same drivetrain you could find in a 2004 GTO.