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Legendary Pontiac ad-man Jim Wangers selling off his collection

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Legendary Pontiac ad-man Jim Wangers selling off his collection

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on May 27th 2010 at 7:29PM

Got a hankering for a new Pontiac? Well, we've got bad news, then... you can't get one. But today we can offer up something even better: a new-to-you classic Pontiac GTO, Firebird, Trans Am, or even a Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R. Now we're talking.

The cars in question come from the personal collection of Jim Wangers, who famously served as Pontiac chief marketing manager during the brand's halcyon days of muscle cars, sportscars and a favored position right behind Chevrolet in General Motors' brand index. As such, we'd expect these 10 machines to be excellent examples of the breed.

Now, on to the actual cars. First up is a 1965 GTO Sport Coupe, a car that represents the second year of the model's existence and stands as a tribute to the classically warmed-over Royal Bobcat cars. If wind-in-your-hair motoring is more your style, may we direct you to the droptop 1966 Goat behind door number two. Also available are two Carousel Red (a.k.a. 'orange') GTO Judges from 1969.

Perhaps you prefer the F-body? Choose from a first-year Firebird from 1967, a real 1969 Trans Am (super rare, very expensive), a 1979 Trans Am 10th Anniversary car with less than 100 miles on the odometer, a 20th Anniversary Trans Am with the turbocharged V6 engine from the Buick Grand National from 1989 or, finally, a white and blue 30th Anniversary Trans Am convertible.

Still not caught your fancy? Well, there's one more option: the aforementioned year 2000 Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R, which Wangers describes as "the very car that inspired Bob Lutz to seek from Holden (GM's Australian car maker) a car for U.S. buyers – the '04 Pontiac GTO." Interested? Peep at the gallery below and then click here for the rest of the details.




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I'd love to have any of those Pontiacs as my "toy", but would be very happy with the 1999 30th Anniversary T/A Convertible (I remember when the BPG dealership I worked for got in and sold very quickly their '99 30th T/A Coupe).

Also news in the latest Pontiac Enthusiast magazine (arrived in yesteday's mail) was that the special edition Jim Wangers '69 GTO Judge program was cancelled due to the company that was supposed to build them liquidating their factory. It said only the SEMA car was built, while a drag car and another street car were started but not finished.

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