1970 Pontiac GTO

Judge Ram Air IV Convertible
Mecum Indy 2023
Friday, 12 May - Saturday, 20 May
Sale Price
$400,000 - $520,000
Est. Range
19 May 2023
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 242670P209229. Palladium Silver with Judge graphics and black top over black vinyl. 400/370hp, automatic, Rally II wheels with Firestone Wide Oval tires, hood tach, spoiler, Soft Ray tinted glass, AM radio, Formula steering wheel, 3.90 Safe-T-Track, Ride and Handling package, PHS documents.

Evaluation: Represented as one of seven with an automatic. Sold new in Minnesota. MCACN Concours Gold award in 2015. A few small blemishes behind the front bumper but mostly a gorgeous, correct, and seriously well optioned Goat.

Bottom Line: The range-topping Ram Air IV engine cost over $500 to add to your ’70 GTO and, faced with spiking insurance rates, few people sprung for both the hot powertrain and a soft top. Even fewer went for the Judge package, but rare as they might be, Ram Air IV Pontiacs have been a fairly common sight at Mecum auctions this year, as they brought a collection of them to Kissimmee and there were six in Indy, including a Firebird.

This was the most expensive one in Indy but it deserved to be given the equipment and the condition of its body-off restoration. That said, another automatic Ram Air IV ’70 GTO convertible became the most expensive (Pontiac) GTO when it sold in Kissimmee this year for $1.1M, but that result appears to be an outlier rather than a reset of the market.

by Andrew Newton
1 June 2023

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