Pontiac GTO Judge fulfills Ellettsville man’s dreams 40 years later

It was 1979 when Robert Crum climbed into his stepbrother’s father’s 1965 Pontiac GTO Judge and slid behind the steering wheel. hey what 12

“I want this car,” he said to himself, sitting there in the driver’s seat, years away from legal driving age. “Someday I want to have a car like this one.”

It took while.

Forty years later, the Ellettsville man saw a 1969 GTO Judge, with the original engine, for sale on eBay. Crum had been looking for the right car several years. He had sold his late father’s antique gun collection and after raising four kids was able to afford the car he had always wanted.

He and his wife, Shelly, talked at length about the 2019 purchase. “We were either going to use the money to remodel the kitchen or buy the car,” he said. “She said to buy the car.”

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Shelly Crum knew her husband had longed for a GTO. “He talked about this one for days and days, and I told him to just call about it but, he didn’t,” his wife said. So she phoned the owner in Chicago and gave a $500 down payment to hold the car so her husband could go see it in person.

“I had been looking for years, and this one was priced well,” Crum said. “I had wanted a blue car, but when I saw this, I fell in love with it.”

The 1969 Pontiac GTO's taillights.

The car is Mayfair Maize, a warm yellow. It has distinctive pearl green side stripes that match perfectly a miniature collector die-cast ’69 GTO Crum found, yep, on eBay. He said the man he bought the car from said a previous owner had painted and striped the car, possibly after seeing the same custom accent on the toy.

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