AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram-Air III Convertible

Car: Pontiac GTO Ram-Air III Convertible

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Pontiac GTO bodies were all new from the windshield forward. It kept the flexible Endura nose, but now was reshaped to integrate cleanly with the rest of the car. The hidden headlights were replaced by four exposed units recessed within the Endura bumper nose.

What made it famous: The Air Scoops in the hood could be made functional with the Ram Air III, and the Ram Air III delivered 366 hp from it's 400 cu in V8.  

Why I would want one: Right from the factory, it was a great looking, potent convertible. It was available with a 4-speed manual transmission, and that always gets my heart pumping. Plus, the hood mounted tachometer and rear deck wing are just too cool to pass up.

Fun fact: In all, Pontiac built 40,149 GTO's in 1970, of which only 3,615 were convertibles (not including the “Judge,” of which 168 convertibles were built) In 1970, The GTO remained the third best-selling intermediate muscle car, out-sold only by the Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396/454 and Plymouth's Road Runner.

Photo from mecum.com