It was for sale out of the Southeast, a frame-off restored car. Besides the fact that it had the incorrect stripes on its sides, it was a pretty top-notch job. Bob made an offer on it, and after some negotiation, this third Judge was on its way back to his lair.

Back home, Bob removed the stripes and buffed out the vehicle. He sourced out the correct stripes, which at that point completed the cleanup of the outside of the ride. He then placed it up on his shop lift and painstakingly detailed the underbelly to show specs. Lucy No. 1, as we now call it, was immaculate in and out. It turns out this GTO was an ex-race car owned by three brothers. Used sparingly, it had retained much of its original sheetmetal and its complete original drivetrain. It was a great score.

In July 2003, Bob spied a freshly restored '71 Judge in Hemmings. It was bathed in Lucerne Blue, too, and offered for a very reasonable asking price. Unlike Lucy No. 1, this '71 was a low-option example, void of the vinyl top, and possessing an automatic between the seats.

Bob called the owner, initiated a meeting, and pounced on it. He went to look at it the next night, made a good offer, left a deposit, and happily went home to prepare to pick up the next day what we name Lucy No. 2.

The next morning Bob called the seller to let him know he was on his way to pick up The Judge. The owner, however, had received a better offer and was backing out of the deal. Bob kept his cool.

"I explained to him we had made a deal, and that the proper thing to do would be to honor it."

With that, the owner told him he would call him right back. When he returned the call, he told Bob that he was in the right and that his wife agreed that he should honor the deal. Bob got on his horse and made his way there pronto before any more issues arose.

Once back at Bob's GTO garage, Lucy No. 2 was given a once-over and work commenced to bring this day-two Goat back to stock. Popular-for-the-day Cragars and aftermarket springs were pulled back off, and original 14x6-inch Rally IIs and OE springs were bolted up.

Lucy No. 2 was sold new out of California and lived a high and dry life in Arizona. There was never any rot on the car, though the last owner treated it to a fresh paint job. It only needed a buff out for its Lucerne Blue skin to shine like brand new. The motor and trans were both freshly rebuilt, so this Goat was ready to hit the road with just a weekend's worth of work.

The fraternal-twin Judges are now a permanent fixture at the Schweitzer garage, as Bob has no thoughts of parting with them. And they are in good company with his other Goats: the '70 Polar White model and a pair of '69 Carousel Red Judges. Don't forget his original '69 GTO, the one that started it all. They all occupy space in his Poncho paradise with a super rare '67 Grand Prix and a '70 Lemans Sport, both convertibles. Yes, life is good at Bob's house.

Lucy No. 1 Lucy No. 2
'71 GTO Judge '71 GTO Judge
Lucerne Blue/Black Top/Blue Interior Lucerne Blue/Black Interior
60,000 miles 79,000 miles
Built in Pontiac, Michigan Built in Fremont, California
Sold new at Dorrow Motor Sales, Defiance, Ohio Sold new at Kennedy Pontiac, Riverside, California
Four-speed close-ratio Turbo 400
Safe-T-Track ---
AM/FM stereo AM/FM
Decklid release 8-Track stereo
Front console Front console
Power steering Power steering
Power disc brakes Power disc brakes
Soft-Ray glass Soft-Ray glass
Wheel opening mouldings Wheel opening mouldings
Ride and handling package Ride and handling package
15-inch Rally II wheels 14-inch Rally II wheels
Visor mirror
Map dome lamp
Luggage lamp
Underhood lamp
Gauge and tach
Remote sport mirror
Sport steering wheel