Q: Custom Walnut Knobs for 1968
Do you know if the walnut shift knob was an option installed at the factory, or the dealer. There is a lady I work with, who owns a 1968 OHC 6, 4spd, that she has owned since 72, and it has the walnut shift knob. One thing I noticed though, is it has what looks like the GTO “crest” on it. Were all the walnut knobs like this?
A: The Walnut Shifter Knob was a Factory (or Dealer) option in 1968. Only the GTO had the unique ‘GTO CREST” Walnut Knob. All others including Firebird used the “PONTIAC MOTOR DIVISION” w/shift Pattern Design. I’ve heard from several who claim their car originally came (from the Dealer) with the GTO Knob. I guess anything is possible. Could be, the dealer had only those in stock and stuck them on a few cars to dress them up to attract customers (as was done with wheels, stripes, chrome exhaust extensions, etc.). By the way, only the GTO Walnut Knob has been ‘correctly’ reproduced. The repro for the “PMD” Knob is a cheap version that has an incorrect adhesive lucite medallion (no detail) and an incorrectly formed knob. Figure around $75 and up for a correct original used/NOS “PMD” knob.
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