In the late 50’s, Jim Wangers, Pontiac’s administrator, proposed the idea of a dealer-supported performance program. Ace Wilsons Royal Pontiac, Royal Oak, MI, was the one dealer chosen to carry out the task. With Factory support, Royal Pontiac successfully campaigned a 1959 Catalina in NHRA. Labor Day 1960, referred to by many as “Super Duty Monday”, Royal Super Duty Pontiacs posted wins at three different locations around the US. As a result, Royal Pontiac, created Royal Racing Team for their fan base which quickly grew to over 55, 000 members. Royal Pontiac’s sales of high performance cars grew at an alarming rate, this success translated to an increased, factory sponsored, over-the-counter performance parts department and the introduction of the “Bobcat” tuning kit. Specially designed to wring maximum horsepower from the Pontiac V8, the Bobcat conversion consisted of: Thinner head gaskets to raise the compression to 11.23:1, a distributer advance curve kit, intake heat riser blocks, larger carburetor jets, a high-capacity oil pump and positive-locking rocker hold-down nuts to keep the most accurate valve adjustments in place at maximum RPM. Properly installed, the Royal Bobcat kit can add as much as 50hp. Many GTO’s made available for magazine testing were equipped with the Bobcat package, giving the GTO the capability of blistering 0-60 times of 4.6 seconds.
“Today among Pontiac enthusiasts, Royal Bobcats are loving reminders of a very special time …. Others caught on to the GTO, but they never caught up. It was more than just advertising hype. It was a statement that rang true on the street, at the drive-ins and the drag strips across America” –Paul Zazarine
Hoekstra LTD is proud to offer this always pristine, highly original, 1967 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat Convertible 4-speed and feature car of “A Tale of Two Tigers” for consideration. This car was ordered new at Roy Friend Pontiac inc. in Gibsonia, PA and equipped with the following factory options: 4 Speed Manual Transmission, 400/360 HP high output motor, AM/FM radio with rear speaker, spare tire cover, Door edge guards, Luggage and engine compartment lighting, Tach and Gauges, Close ratio power steering, Power Brakes, Hurst gear shifter, Soft Ray tinted Glass, Power top, Notched Bench Seat, Saf-T-Track rear differential, Roy Friend Pontiac installed Royal Bobcat Package, and Ram Air hood.
This highly original, 37,000 mile example was purchased in its well preserved original state in the mid 80’s by a prominent Pontiac enthusiast for his collection. The car showed only 32,000 miles at that time, it was then treated to a highly detailed, selective style restoration preserving the original integrity of this car. This car retains its original drive-train, all original sheet-metal, complete original interior, jack, spare, original dealer installed Royal Bobcat components, original Hurst wheels and badges. This is a known car among long time Pontiac enthusiasts as it has been featured in a number of different publications including: The book, Muscle Car Color History GTO, Published in 1991 and Muscle Car Review, Both written by known Muscle Car Historian Paul Zazarine, and this Bobcat won the GTO Nationals held in Columbus OH in 1989. Since, the car has quietly changed hands twice among private collectors.
Documented by the Pontiac Historical society, books, an independent appraisal performed on the car in 1987, timely service tags verifying mileage, letters and correspondence with High Performance Pontiac and other enthusiasts discussing the car and its significance, an original copy of Muscle Car Review with this car as feature, there is no doubt in the history, originality and the early significance of this Royal Bobcat GTO. Rarely do Muscle cars of this caliber and prominence surface in the marketplace; this 1967 Pontiac Royal Bobcat GTO is must for any collection.