In October of 1967 I ordered my playboy car this Linden Green GTO convertible. It had a bench seat with arm rest so I could cuddle with any willing participants. The night after I ordered the car I went out with the boys to a local hangout where women & men of my age gathered. There I met my future wife and that ended my playboy ideas. The GTO was delivered on my 23 birthday in December of 1966. My wife to be got her engagement ring in the car, we took it to Montreal & Florida on our two part honeymoon. Sometime in 1970 we decided to sell the convertible and purchase a car with air conditioning because we were planning to have a child and thought it would be a more practical choice.
I retained a copy of the original registration and sometime around 1985 began to search for this GTO to see if it was still in one piece as we had not seen it in the area in several years. I was able to obtain the name of the last registered owner and found that it was no longer registered. I looked up that owner in the phone book and had attempted to call him on numerous occasions, to no avail.
In August of 2000 my son and I went to a local car show and met a fellow who had just built himself a beautiful '66 Burgundy GTO convertible. I told him of my former GTO and how similar it was to his '66.
He offered to build me a car similar to the one I had owned since he had located a body and frame for a '67 and could obtain the necessary engine , transmission and other parts needed to restore it. That perked my interest and I told him I would discuss the idea with my wife. She like the idea but wanted me to find out what had become of our original car first.
The very next day I tried again to call the last registered owner. By a stroke of fate this time he answered the phone. I explained that I was trying to find out what became of our original car, thinking that it was probably junked years ago since it hadn't been registered since 1985. To my surprise he said he still had it. It was tucked away in the back of his garage (a makeshift auto body shop) rusted, full of junk and covered with Bondo dust.
When I asked if he was interested in selling it he replied "if the price is right". Well he knew he had me since he was aware I was the original owner and wanted it back badly.
In October of 2000. I contracted the man I had met at the car show, to restore my GTO. I had it towed to his home where he would work on it in his garage. After completing and extensive restoration he got it back to me by June of 2001 which was remarkable as he only worked on it in his off hours as he had a regular job, a wife and two small children.
As you can see from the attached photo he did a beautiful job and it appears better than new. The color is original but is now base coat clear coat. The entire black interior, top and many pieces and parts are new, as well as the brakes and associated lines, gas tank and exhaust system.
Needless to say we probably enjoy the car more now than we did when we first owned it. I have taken it to many cruise in's and it always gets a lot of compliments on it's appearance and the story behind it.