In 1977, I was 13 years old and saw my first GTO, a 1969. My Brother In-Law had just bought it and when I first saw that car I said; "I have got to have one of those", and from that point I started saving money, mostly from painting apartments with my Mom on weekends.
At the age of 16 I found that GTO a 1969 Blue with White Interior and bought it for the total sum of $425.00, that was in 1981. After buying the car I could not drive it as I had not yet taken my drivers test, so I would sit in the car, start it up and move it back and forth in the driveway. The car was a mess it had a Chevy 327, auto, one red fender, a green 68 nose, two different kinds of hub caps, and studded snow tires all the way around, but it was all mine and my DREAM CAR for sure. By 1983 I had the car painted dark blue, far from the original Warwick Blue and it would stay that color for over 20 years.
The day I received my license was the first time I drove the car, and also the first time I was pulled over by the police. I'll never forget it, I handed him my license and told him I got my license that day, which he then said; "Do you want to keep it?" Well he let me off with a warning and off I went.
That was a start of a 30+ year Love A Fair, which is still going on. Over the years I have lived in Seven States taking the car to everyone of them, drove it as my daily driver for 12 years, and met my wife while working on the car.
In 1986 I totaled the front end hitting the back of my brothers 65 GTO, both cars survived, but I had to fight to keep the insurance company from totaling my car. I fixed the car, and that same year found a 1968 GTO 400 4-Speed motor and trans and paid $40.00 for the pair, and pulled it out of the car myself. By 1989 it was back to being a 400, 4-Speed GTO like it was originally, and in 2002 I started the restoration.
Well like most car people we all have our Body Shop night mares and mine can be summed up by saying he had my car for over 2 years and I had to take vacation, report to his shop to put my car together so I could bring it home. By 2007 I had her all back together and back on the road. The went original with the car, going back to the original Warwick Blue, but added a lot of factory options.
I wasn't old enough to buy a GTO new, so I built mine the way I believe I would have purchased one back in 1969. In 1977 the GTO became my Dream Car, in 1981 I was able to purchase my Dream Car and in 2014 she is still my Dream Car.