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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Pontiac GTO "The Judge" Convertible

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Car: Pontiac GTO "The Judge" Convertible

Year: 1969

What makes it special: "The Judge" was introduced for the 1969 Pontiac model year to be a stripped, low-cost GTO with less features to make it competitive with Plymouth's Road Runner model. The $332 package was actually more expensive than a standard GTO.

What made it famous: It was given bold colored, model distinctive "The Judge" badging and side stripes, and the package included the 366 hp, 400 cu in H.O.Ram Air III V8, Rally II wheels without trim rings, unique T-shaped handled Hurst floor shift, wider tires, and a rear spoiler which Pontiac claimed had some functional effect at higher speeds but in reality was of little value at legal speeds. The Judge was initially offered only in "Carousel Red" ( as shown), but midway into the model year a variety of other colors became available.

Why I would want one: It's a cool-looking, decent performer with comedy roots. And a convertible. Bonus.

Fun fact: Pontiac GTO's "The Judge" name came from a comedy routine, "Here Come de Judge", used repeatedly on the Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Comedy-Variety TV show. The popular Judge routine was performed by the late legendary Sammy Davis Jr. Pontiac advertisements for this model used slogans like "All rise for The Judge" and "The Judge can be bought".

( 1969 Pontiac GTO "The Judge" photo from ayay.co.uk )

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