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How Would You Have Equipped Your Favorite Vintage Vehicle If You Had The Opportunity To Order It New?

Posted July 05, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

If you have a classic car, but you aren’t the original owner, I’m sure the question above has crossed your mind before. In fact, many people have purchased project cars and decided to build them to the way they would have ordered them originally if they had the chance. That takes time, effort and money, however, so I’ll do it the easier way here by daydreaming about it.

I’ll use my 1967 GTO as the example, since I’ve owned it for many years and have often thought about how I would have ordered it new. My GTO was painted Mariner Turquoise and fitted with a black interior and black Cordova top. The standard 335-hp 400 was bolted in, and the Goat was optioned with the new three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic; console with Hurst His and Hers shifter; A/C; power steering, windows and brakes; pushbutton AM radio; Rally clock; lamp group; deluxe wheel covers; and 8-track player. Don’t get too excited about the 8-track, as it was long gone by the time I bought the car.

So a magic car genie appears and let's you make any changes you want to your favorite classic autos. What changes do you make?

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07/05/2017 5:12 PM

Brake's for the old Impala that didn't lock up at anything more than gentle pressure to the brake pedal would have been nice. .. the tires were bald from the "controlled" skidding to a stop.

I'd like to also request a good double for gas mileage and a better 0-60 time. Make that a 0-70.

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07/05/2017 8:08 PM

A buddy of mine had been forever torn between the bone 100% OEM stock restoration and the full custom job work. Problem is he wants to combine both into one vehicle.

So far finding a stock 1970 Chrysler AM/FM CD/USB 4 channel capable head unit for the radio has yet to pan out. Lots of them available made after 2015 but so far none made in 1970 to match his one car so it can be officially 1970 Stock/Custom.

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07/05/2017 11:27 PM

The 67 GTO is one of my favorites. The option package described above is well dressed. If I had my choice and the $$ I would have ordered power disc brakes, convertible top, AM/FM with 8 track, all the power options, especially power windows, power steering, AC, rally gauges with tach, hidden headlights if available for that year. My favorite color option would be red exterior, white interior with bucket seats and console. Courtesy light package, Dual exhaust, and manual 4 speed with a highway geared rear end. And headrests with rear speaker, trunk and hood lights and lastly redline tires.

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