• It’s a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn’t Exist

Maybe an eccentric-enough tuner can fix this?

The Pontiac GTO is one of the most underestimated muscle cars to ever roam the surface of the planet. Designed as sportier version of Pontiac’s Tempest aimed at younger buyers, the GTO debuted in 1964 with a 6.4-liter V-8. The GTO, however, never quite made it sales-wise, despite Pontiac’s attempts to spice up the recipe with the Judge trim.

The Judge trim was introduced in 1969. With it, Pontiac wanted to respond to the increasingly successful Plymouth Road Runner but at the same time, it was meant to revers the GTO’s declining sales. That’s how the Judge trim came to market as a $332 option for the base GTO. For the sake of context, $332 back then was the equivalent of about $2,305 in today’s money, and it got you a rear spoiler, striped body paint and The Judge decals.

It's a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn't Exist
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It's a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn't Exist
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Moreover, two engine options were on offer: the 366-horsepower Ram Air III ($332) and the slightly-beefier 370-horsepower Ram Air IV ($390). Body-wise, the GTO Judge came as either a convertible or a coupe, but the former wasn’t too successful – just 108 cabriolets were sold.

Now, @adry53customs’ renders are here to do two things. First, they celebrate the often-forgotten Pontiac GTO Judge and at the same time, they show what a GTO Judge-based restomod could look like.

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It's a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn't Exist
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Indeed, this car doesn’t exist, but if it did, we’d be willing to splash the cash. In the artist’s vision, a GTO Judge restomod would feature the compulsory widebody kit, American Racing wheels, side-protruding exhaust pipes, and a yellow paint job for turning heads.

From where we’re standing, it looks like a proper SEMA-bound build and with a little bit of luck, someone might actually make one. It’ll definitely be a drop of fresh water in an ocean of Shelbys and Chargers.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Specifications
Engine: 6.6-liter OHV naturally-aspirated 16-valve V-8
Output: 366 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Fuel feed: Single Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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