For my husband Jeremy’s 40th birthday on July 24, I wanted to surprise him with an article in HPP about his pride and joy -- his ’70 GT-37.
Ever since Jeremy read about it in a car magazine when he was younger, he’s wanted one. A low-cost, no-frills musclecar designed to compete with the Plymouth Roadrunner and the Heavy Chevy, the ’70 Tempest GT-37’s standard equipment included Rally II wheels with no trim rings (ours now has them), G70-14 white-letter tires, locking hoodpins, ’69 Judge-style “slash” stripes (’70 only), dual exhaust with extensions exiting through the rear valance panel, GT-37 graphics, and a 350 two-barrel engine with a Hurst floor-shifted HD three-speed manual trans.
If a buyer knew what option boxes to check on the order form, however, he or she could end up with a Pontiac that was lighter and less expensive than the GTO, with essentially the Goat’s drivetrain. [Editors note: The 400s ordered with the manual trans (that we have documented) received the GTO 350hp engine with the 067 cam and big-valve No. 12 heads; 400s ordered with the automatic trans used the Big-Car’s 330hp engine with small-valve No. 16 heads and the 066 cam.]
After owning a Challenger and two GTOs, Jeremy finally went on a mission in 2006 to find one of the 1,419 GT-37s produced for ’70. He did an extensive search on the Internet, which eventually led him to an eBay listing and a gentleman in Ohio, who had just what he wanted. This particular example had just 62,000 miles on it, mostly original paint, and all original upholstery. And it still had its numbers-matching code-XV 330hp 400ci engine, Turbo 400 trans, and 10-bolt Safe-T-Track rear.
We watched this auction for days, and with a last minute bid, it was ours!
Being in the car business, Jeremy has friends who travel to pick up cars from all over, so he was able to get a flatbed truck to bring the Pontiac home. We prayed it was going to be a good car, having only seen pictures of it on the Internet and never in person.
It was supposed to be a two-day trip from Ohio because there were other pickups scheduled along the way. However, as soon as the driver saw the Pontiac and loaded it on his truck, he called us and said to watch for him. He refused to stop somewhere overnight because the GT-37 was, in his words: “Just too damn nice!” We thought it was so cool that he cared that much!
When the truck arrived, we were shocked … what an eBay find! This Pontiac makes people stand up and take notice with its Cardinal red paint, stripes, and all over kickass look. Not to mention the growl it makes when you start it up!
Our GT-37 is a blast to drive! I personally blew the doors off of my neighbor’s ’67 Camaro -- twice! Our children, Kasey and Collin, also have a great time riding in it. We have no problem putting both car seats in the back and heading out to shows as a family.
Happy 40th birthday, Jeremy! I love you!
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