Pontiac’s GT-37 often confuses people. What is it? Simply put, it’s a T-37 with the GT package, which for all intents and purposes was Pontiac’s Plymouth Road Runner fighter. So what’s a T-37? That’s where it becomes murky, but it was a subseries of the Tempest for promotional purposes (read: to move more cars out of the showroom floor). Still got your attention?
For 1971, the T-37 officially replaced the Tempest, and the GT-37 grew up, selling over 5,000 units, yet the GT-37 continues to remain an obscurity to many people. This Castillian Bronze GT-37 is equipped with the optional 400-4 engine, which was standard in the GTO. Only 572 were built with this engine, but the seller makes the claim that only 59 were produced – this is not true, even divided among transmissions (3-speed, 4-speed, and TH400 auto). When production began in the fall of 1970, the GT-37 received stripes similar to the Judge’s, but in two colors instead of three. Mid-year, Pontiac replaced the quasi-Judge stripes with these sword stripes – doesn’t the gold complement the bronze quite nicely?
Dream Cruise Classics is offering this 1969 Road Runner.
Next up is this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. While Road Runners are a dime a dozen, this one is a bit different, as 656 US-spec cars were ordered with two-tone paint. This specific example was originally ordered with F8 on top (dark green) and F3 on bottom (light green). You can see the restorer painted it all F3, but they left the trim around the C-pillar that separated one color from the other (this is the same trim included on vinyl top cars). ‘Tis a shame this car wasn’t restored according to the tag – you can see it in the slide show below – because there are plenty of F3 Road Runners and the opportunity to see something different has been lost . . . until a buyer “fixes” this car!
Holy rainbows, Batman! Blue and red! Photo courtesy of eBay
Last car in this feature is something you don’t see often – a 1967 Mercury Park Lane convertible. Sure, it’s a rare car, but people don’t normally say, “Oh, I gotta get me a big Merc boat!” so they tend to be off the radar even more. This one is rendered even more interesting because it’s a blue car with a red interior. Say what? Yeah, apparently it doesn’t match, but it looks good, no? So was the buyer on crack? Crack wasn’t around then, so how about LSD? Yet if you look at the Marti Report in the slide show below, you’ll see two were ordered in this combo. If not drugs, maybe both were factory goofs? I can’t say I am a Ford expert, but the Marti Report shows it to be “company lease plan” car so maybe it was a goof passed along as a company car? Regardless, think about it – Richard Petty raced with blue and orange, which normally don’t match, but we don’t tend to think it’s weird in any way.
What I like about this handsome car is that it’s another example of a car that won’t break the bank but has a story to tell.
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