LeRoy and Florence Penner finally found a 1967 GTO like they one they owned when they were married in 1969. Florence says the car rekindles old memories for her and her husband and will make new memories for their kids and grandkids. The car is a `survivor' with 95,000 original miles, paint and interior.
The engine on the Penners' GTO, a 400 cubic inch V-8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, has never been out of the car. It shows a bit of age, but still performs faithfully on road trips to area car shows.
The interior in the GTO is in remarkably good condition for a 45-year-old car. The factory AM radio was reinstalled in the woodgrained dash, replacing an aftermarket cassette deck. Note the original 4-speed shifter in the center console.
The most obvious departure from showroom stock status is the set of period-correct Cragar mag wheels, which mount white-letter P245/60R15 radial whitewalls. The Penners still own the factory wheels and dog dish hub caps, but Florence can't stand the thought of putting the chrome wheels away.
Sometimes referred to as the `Great Goat Grin,' the front end of the '67 GTO is a styling icon from the glory days of muscle cars. The grille surrounds had to be replaced, but everything else is as-issued on the car.
Just as stylish from the rear view, the Penners' GTO displays its subtle horizontal bank of tail lights and a pair of oversized exhaust tips. The original dealer's nameplate, `Kramer Motor Co.' of Scottsbluff, Nebr., remains in place above their vanity plate.
Analog instrumentation was the order of the day for the '67 GTO , with a 120 mph speedometer and an 8,000 rpm tachometer. The big 3-spoke steering wheel was a necessity for non-power steering car such as the Penners'.