- - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Although Dawn Painter and Terry Wortman both attended Falls Church High School in the 1970s, they didn’t meet until after they had graduated.

When they began dating in 1976 she had a red 1972 Pontiac GTO. Soon after they wed, the GTO became history.

In the spring of 2004 Mr. Wortman took a car to sell at the annual gathering of antique car afficianados in Carlisle, Pa. After his car was sold, he strolled about the field to see what he could see.

He came face to grille with a red 1972 Pontiac GTO. He whipped out his cell phone and called his wife to say, ‘I’m looking at a red 1972 Pontiac GTO like the one you used to have.’

‘Why haven’t you bought it,’ was her response.

A Canadian was selling the car, which had been restored in 1995. When Mr. Wortman got the GTO home to Fairfax, his wife took one look at the car and was transported back to the ‘good old days.’

After a thorough inspection Mr. Wortman found no big surprises and only a few little things that needed his attention.

The single four-barrel carburetor was rebuilt, an exhaust leak was corrected and a faulty power seat-back release was fixed.

Research indicates that the Sundance Orange Pontiac rolled out of the factory Sept. 16, 1971, on a set of white-letter B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A tires wrapped around 15-inch honeyRecords show that the Pontiac was never sent to a dealer. Instead, it was delivered to the AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors in Flint, Mich. Mr. Wortman surmises that the well-optioned GTO was ordered by a company executive.

The window sticker price was $5,590.60, which included the following optional extras:

• 455 H.O. V-8……$1,012.13.

• Air conditioner……407.59.

• GTO option……….353.88.

• Custom trim………168.51.

• AM & FM radio……139.02.

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