1969 Pontiac GTO 2 Door Hardtop

"The Judge"

Configuration: Longitudinal front-engine

Engine: Ram Air V8

Displacement: 400cid/6.56L

Horsepower: 355HP

Transmission: 4-speed manual

A Little History

“The Judge” was an options package that was available from 1969 to 1971.  The Judge package raised horsepower slightly, with a 6.5-liter engine. In 1969 and 1970, The Judge included a 400 cid Ram Air V8 as standard equipment. Whereas in 1971 the Judge included a 455-cid four barrel HO V-8 that boasted 370bhp and 500lb-ft of torque. In addition to the internal redesign, changes were made to the outside that launched the popularity of the car all over again. It was introduced to try and reverse the decline in GTO sales. The Judge was to be a GTO stripped of extra features and be competitive with the Plymouth Road runner. The GTO had been the third most popular muscle car with sales just behind the Road Runner and the Chevelle.

The Judge package was $332 more expensive than a standard GTO and included the Ram Air III engine, Rally II wheels without trim rings, Hurst shifter, wider tires, decals, and a rear spoiler. The Judge was initially offered only in Carousel Red, but a few months into the model year a variety of other colors were made available. It was offered as either a hardtop or a convertible, but the convertible model was considerably less popular throughout its years in production. In 1969, a total of 6,833 Judges were sold. The Judge was discontinued in February 1971, having sold only 357 units that year.

Did You Know?

The car’s name is a pop culture reference to “Here comes Da Judge,” a recurring catchphrase on the TV show Laugh In.

Aside from the typical package associated with “The Judge,” buyers were also given many other bizarre options, including a litter basket and even a reading lamp.

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