ADA – Rick Crace, of Ada, just smiles when he turns the key to start his 1967 GTO.
“I love that GTO sound,” he says as a smile breaks across his face. “It’s one of speed.”
Crace purchased the car three years ago, driving to a small town south of Rochester, N.Y., to make the buy. The town’s name, of all things, was Lima, N.Y.
Crace not only got a beautiful car in mint condition, but the owner of the vehicle kept meticulous records. The car came with an inches thick notebook that included details of any work done on it, right down to every oil change.
“He paid $2.50 for an oil change in 1967,” Crace said.
That notebook also included the original sales sticker from the window. It listed the price for this car at $3,928.57. Standard equipment included a V8 engine with a three-speed manual transmission. Among the options added to the car were:
Power steering – wonder touch, $94.79
Power brakes – wonder touch, $41.96
Push-button radio, $61.09
Electric clock, $18.96 Turbo-Hydramatic, $226.44
This is the second 1967 GTO Crace has owned.
“I had a cream-colored one, but it wasn’t nearly as nice as this one,” Crace said. He got rid of it when Uncle Sam gave him a U.S. Army uniform and a free 15-month trip to Vietnam, where he served just south of the DMZ in 1970 and 1971.
The Pontiac GTO was commonly referred to as a “Goat.” It’s not clear how it got that name. One story says it indicates an animal that can eat anything, and the GTO is known for “eating anything on the street.” Another story ties the name to noted auto man John DeLorean. He was accused of pilfering the acronym from the Ferrari 250 GTO.
Crace and his wife of 48 years, Jane, are careful where they drive their GTO. Recently he had it at the Happy Daz Cruise-in, held every Wednesday at the South Cable Road restaurant in Lima.
“It’s his baby,” said Jane. “He watches over her closely.”
As he likes to say, “It’s a car that looks fast just sitting still.”