1969 GTO 1969 GTO Judge
1969 GTO 1969 GTO Judge
Locked into a two-year styling cycle, the appearance of the 1969 GTO was very similar to the look of the 1968 GTO. The most obvious exterior differences were with the grille, the parking lights, the taillamps, and the front and rear marker lights. The vent windows, the Pontiac crest on top of the Endura bumper nose, the “GTO” tape letters on the rear quarter panels, and the famous 6.5 Litre GTO emblem were all dropped in 1969. Interior differences included a different dash and different door panels. The hide-away headlamps, the hood-mounted tachometer, and the Rally II wheels remained as available options. The Rally I wheels were dropped from the option list in 1969.
The available engines for the 1969 GTO were once again variations of the Pontiac 400. The base engine for the 1969 GTO was a four barrel carbureted 400 rated at 350 hp. The optional four barrel carbureted 400 HO and the 400 HO with Ram Air II were both dropped in favor of the new optional 400 cubic inch Ram Air III and 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV engines. The Ram Air III was rated at 366 hp. The Ram Air IV, which featured header-like exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, a specific high-rise aluminum intake manifold, a larger Rochester Quadrajet four barrel carburetor, high-lift/long-duration cam, and other special internal parts was rated at 370 hp. The no-cost option two-barrel carbureted 400 (available only with an automatic transmission) was once again available for folks who wanted a GTO but not the added gasoline and insurance expenses that came with the higher performance engines.
With other American auto manufacturers producing inexpensive stripped-down muscle cars, Pontiac countered back with a very special GTO, the GTO Judge. John DeLorean chose “The Judge” name based on the “Here comes da Judge” routine from TV’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. The GTO Judge had a blacked-out grille, functional Ram Air hoodscoops, a rear-deck spoiler, stripes, and “The Judge” decals. The first 2,000 or so GTO Judges were all painted Carousel Red, which was more like an orange and was not available on any other Pontiac model. Later in the 1969 model year, the Judge option could be ordered with several other color combinations. Keeping the costs down, the Judge had a front bench seat instead of buckets, the Rally II wheels were without trim rings, and some of the GTO’s standard instrumentation were cost options.
The standard engine for The Judge was the 400 cubic inch Ram Air III while the 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV engine was an option.
1969 GTO Production Numbers:
6,725 Judge Hardtops
108 Judge Convertibles
Total Production: 72,287
1969 GTO Hardtop
1969 GTO Convertible
1969 GTO Judge Hardtop
1969 GTO Judge Hardtop Rear View
1969 GTO Judge Convertible
I have a question on a 1969 got and a 1969 got Jude I ve read that a judge had air intake in the grill.but I ve also read that the grills are blacked out. My car has blacked out grills that you can t see through. What are they meaning by air intake in grill. Thanks
The 1969 GTO Judge has functional hood-scoops (Ram Air) for the engine s air intake. As explained at http://musclecarfilms.com/Pontiac_Ram_Air_2.html. a prototype for the Ram Air IV had four air intakes (the two hood-scoops and two intakes behind the grille). The grille intakes didn t make it to production.
Hi Stacy, thanks for visiting our website! We apologize for the delay in responding. We ll send your question out to our club membership to see if anyone has a sample of the PHS 1969 Ram Air 4 Judge document you re looking for.
got a vin # for 1969 gto is this a Judge? 242379P Green in color friend found it in a field trying to buy? any help would be great. thanks jim 573 259 1040
Hi Jim, thanks for visiting our website! The 42 in the VIN you ve supplied does signify the car is a GTO as shown at http://tinindianperformance.com/Pontiac%20GTO%20VIN%20decoding.htm. however, there isn t a breakdown signifying whether or not it s a Judge. We recommend contacting Pontiac Historical Services (http://www.phs-online.com/ ) and asking them to research the VIN with the serial number, which should be six digits after the P in the VIN you gave us. We hope this helps!
How many Inches long is the 69 Judge convertible Rear Spoiler??Looking to purchase a used one,but I know that there was a difference in length between the coupe and the Convertible.
Hi Steve, thanks for visiting our website! According to one of our members who is very familiar with the 69 GTO Judges, the spoiler should be 60 inches.
I ve been trying to locate my old 69 judge that my folks sold back in 1989 because they wanted their garage space back and I was out of state working. I know it is currently registered in the state of Michigan and received a ground up resto in 2009. I would not bother the current owners but would just like to hear about what had happened to the car when they purchased her and tell them my history with her. The vin is 242379Z115950. Also when I owned her she didn t have judge stripes or glove box badge so I didn t even know what a judge was. I just loved my 69 gto. Anyway, if anyone can help I would really appreciate it. Respectfully, Jason
Of the 108 1969 GTO Judge Convertibles produced that year, how many of those were automatic?
Hi Taylor, thanks for visiting our website! According to http://www.judgeregistry.com/. there were 29 GTO Judge Convertibles with automatics produced in 1969. All were with the Ram Air III engine.