Bob Jones, of Lehigh Township, rescued this 1968 Pontiac GTO from a farmer's field outside Wind Gap about 20 years ago, restoring it to pristine condition over the years. Jones' first task was to get the car running again. He went one better, dropping in a Pontiac HO (high-output) 455-cubic-inch V8 engine aspirated by a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor. He had the car's original Pontiac Turbo 400 automatic transmission rebuilt, added a positraction differential and started racing the GTO at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, turning in a best time of 12.35 seconds in the quarter mile. When he retired the car from racing Jones had the car repainted in Pontiac Verdoro Green to match the color of his first GTO, a 1968 he bought in 1969 when he was discharged from his service in the Army. He spruced up the interior and now takes it to area car shows and cruises.
About his near-perfect '68 Pontiac GTO, Jones says, "I was originally a Chevy guy but I saw the light when stationed in Germany after Motor Trend named the GTO its 1968 Car of the Year. When I bought the car it was like three different colors and not running. It was just a very standard GTO. I cloned it to what I originally had years ago."
Dan Ryan's 68 GTO, at Bruno's, in the Summer of 2007.