I owned a car just like this from 1964-1965. I
had to sell it to get married... I couldn't afford the car and a
wife! I have never regretted getting married, but had always regretted
having to get rid of the car. It was a beauty!
In about 1984, I decided I'd like to have the car
back. After an intensive search for the VIN of my original car,
I found it deep in the archives of the Alabama State Motor Vehicle
microfilm. I then tried to see if the car was registered anywhere.
I could not find it, so I began looking for one to take it's place.
I could find lots of automatic transmission cars, but th factory
4-speed cars are pretty rare (unless you look on 1963pontiac.com).
After 5 yrs of searching, I finally found a white
4-speed 4-barrell carb two door HT car for sale in Easley, SC. I
sent for pictures, and as you can see, it was in pretty rough shape.
Because of my job situation, I wasn't able to do too much to it
for a number of years. But after moving to my present home, my wife
of 40 yrs, who I sold the car to marry, told me to do whatever I
had to to get the car finished. She wanted to ride in it!
I had a 30' X 30' shop built, and began to tear
the car apart and work on it. It took me about 3 years to complete
it. But it was a grat experience. I did most of the work myself
(except for painting & interior upholstering). I did not put
the car back to IT'S original state. Rather, I put it back just
like the car I had orginally in '64 - '65. I changed from the AFB
4-barrell to the Tri-Power. I changed the color from white to Starlight
Black. I kept the interior the same, and I added a factory tachometer.
I know this makes it not be a perfect "numbers matching"
car, but hey, what the heck! I wanted to put it like I wanted it...
like my original car. And unless I get hungry and HAVE to sell it,
I plan to keep it until I die... then my wife or kids can do something
My wife and I are having a great time riding in
it, and reminiscing about when we were dating in one just like it.
And every time I show it in any local or nearby "Cruise-Ins"
or any shows, it is a center-piece for all the old gear-heads, because
it's so rare in the part of the US.