BMWCCA HPDE Instructor
My GTO was built as a fairly low-spec model when new. About the only thing it has going for it is that it's a "post coupe", meaning that it has a B-pillar, which allows it to be both stiffer and lighter than the hardtops without the B-pillar. Only about 10% of '66 GTOs were ordered with the B-pillar, so it's a little rare in that sense. Gives it a slightly more hardcore race car vibe, I suppose.The BMW doesn't need more than 400hp doe, just 399.99!
Cool stuff though I'm excited for your GTO, does this thing have a rare VIN number too?
Otherwise, it was also equipped with A/C, which back in those days was quite rare and expensive. It doesn't currently have a compressor hooked up, and I have no desire to put it in, however. So, while the A/C option is rare, it's not particularly cool (pun intended?). It's funny, though - I can't tell you how many times other GTO guys have asked to buy the A/C equipment which is connected to my firewall. Most GTOs which had A/C when new had all that stuff ripped out after they became old beater race cars that nobody cared about. But when GTO values began rising, people wanted to restore their GTOs back to stock form, and the A/C equipment is very hard to find. You'd think I have gold plated hardware under my hood.
But in many ways, given that my GTO was never very special to begin with, and that virtually none of the original drivetrain remains, it is quite liberating. I can make it pretty much whatever car I want it to be without feeling guilty. But I will keep it relatively true to form from a visual perspective. I'm excited for the road ahead! Going to my first GTO Association of America club meeting tonight.
I'm right with you on this one. It boggles my mind. I don't get how drum brake assemblies could ever be less expensive to manufacture and install at the factory than disc brake assemblies. While rear disc brakes have become the norm on pretty much all new cars, there are definitely a handful of automakers who install rear drums - in 2016!!Saw this earlier...didn't know drum brakes were still allowed on new cars. This Duster was a favourite of May near the end of the TG series..