Saturday, February 28, 2015

OLS Saturday Morning Car Show: The 1969 Pontiac GTO "The Judge"

I love muscle cars, and I have many favorites, but the 1969 GTO is my all-time favorite.  The GTO was produced by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, but it's probably the 1969 version that is the most iconic.  One of the reasons was that Pontiac successfully capitalized on a humorous comedy routine from the hit  show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.  Here's a description of from Wikipedia:
A new model called the "Judge" was introduced. The name came from a comedy routine, "Here Come de Judge", used repeatedly on the Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV show. The Judge routine, made popular by legendary showman Sammy Davis, Jr., was borrowed from the act of long-time burlesque entertainer Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham. Advertisements used slogans like "All rise for the Judge" and "The Judge can be bought"..
And on to the photos (as always, click to enlarge).  First, a hard-top version; note the "The Judge" decal by the front left tire.


Now to convertible version:



This photo just wreaks speed, power, and sex appeal...


The "Goat" as it was affectionately known, looks great as a rag top, obviously.  But I'm not a convertible guy, so I find the hardtop version the most desirable. The version in the photo at the top of this post absolutely does it for me.