Looking at this '70 Judge, would you believe its restoration, done at Milton's shop by Tim Wallace, was completed way back in 1991? It just goes to show that 15 years of pampering in a temperature-controlled atmosphere can preserve a properly restored Pontiac.
"I bought this Judge in 1989 out of Medford Oregon. It was all-original," Milton recalled. "One of my employees, Jake Payne, known as JT, flew out and actually drove it back to Georgia but not before making a stop in Las Vegas."
JT probably had a great time piloting this Judge cross-country since it was originally built to go fast while coddling its driver. An eye toward take-no-prisoners street performance is revealed in its drivetrain and suspension options. A round-port Ram Air IV engine with 370 hp on tap was specified, along with the mandatory M21 close-ratio four-speed (with a R/A-IV, a Turbo-hydromatic was also available but not a three-speed manual trans) and the heavy-duty 3.90-geared Safe-T-Track rear. Variable-ratio power steering made for quick turns, Ride and Handling springs and shocks kept the drop-top flat in the corners, and power disc brakes brought the white-letter tires to a stop. By comparison, standard with the WT1 Judge option for '70 was a 366-horse R/A-III engine; three-speed manual trans with Hurst shifter and T-handle; 3.55 rear; Rally II wheels sans trim rings; and G70-14 blackwall tires.
In the looks department, it's tough to beat this Cardinal Red body resplendent with Judge graphics, eyebrow stripes, blacked-out grilles and hood ornaments, and rear spoiler. This one also features the front spoiler.
A matching red interior featuring an abundance of comfort options adds to the value. It's possible that since A/C wasn't available with a Ram Air IV, the original buyer decided on the next best thing: a seldom-seen option called Power Flow Ventilation. Little fans inside the dash, which are controlled by a switch, help draw more outside air through the ducts and blow it into the passenger compartment through the vents.
Other options included Rally gauges with tach and clock; power driver's seat; 8-Track AM/FM stereo with windshield antenna; underhood and luggage lamps; remote mirror outside; mirrors for both visors; console; heavy-duty battery; and door-edge guards. The suggested retail tally in 1970 for all this power and luxury was $5,448.40.