1969: Custom GTO
- The Custom GTO body has two main variations:
- Opening Door
- Sealed Door
- The Custom GTO came in a wide variety of colors, some featuring a flat black roof and black grille:
- Color Chart in development – TBA
- The interior is a plastic piece.
- Tinted blue/green
- Goodyear Redlines
- Topper took a ’68 Goat, and did its classic customizing. They did a major restyling of the front grill, and added a power bulge on the driver’s side of the hood.
- In addition to numerous body colors, the roof paint options make for a lot of variation with the roof coming with a Landau Black Roof or No Black Roof.
- The black accent paint on the grille was present on earlier releases but later went away, so this Detroit has a wide variety of variations!
The Custom GTO in Orange, Opening Doors and Black Roof
- The Custom GTO came with white or red interiors and an opening hood. Earlier production had opening doors which were later abandoned.
- The black roof is found on the opening door version as is the black grille paint.
Custom GTO in Orange, Opening Doors – No Black Roof
- The opening door version also came without the black roof.
Custom GTO in Orange, Sealed Doors – No Black Roof
- The sealed door version came without the black roof and without the grille paint.
Custom GTO Front and Rear
Base of the Custom GTO
Custom GTO in Dark Green, Opening Doors, with Black Roof
Custom GTO in Purple, Opening Doors, with Black Roof
Custom GTO in Purple, Sealed Doors – No Black Roof
Custom GTO in Gold
Custom GTO in Red
The Three Principal Variations of the Custom GTO, all in Gold
A set of beautiful Custom GTO Variations
More Custom GTO’s and Two in original Blister Pack
- The GTO’s commonly come in green (pine green), red, orange and purple. They are also found in honey gold, gold, lime, teal, blue, royal blue, and violet.
- The rarest color for a GTO is fuchsia.
- Black roof variations are more desirable but not necessarily more rare.
- Sealed door variations come in all of the above except for fuchsia, with blue being the toughest to find.
- Mirror finishes include orange, purple, light orange, red, gold, champagne pink with true pink the rarest.
- Since GTO’s are the favorite of most collectors, they usually command the highest prices. Most colors can be found in the $300 -$400 range. Gold and Lime with white interior $500+. Fuchsia is $800+.
- Most mirrors are in the $400-$600 range.
- For the mirror gold with white interior add at least another $200, Champagne Pink $700+, True Pink $900+.
All information taken with permission from the Online Redline Guide.
Thanks to Ted Gray for his tireless work!
5 thoughts on “1969 – Topper Johnny Lightning Models from the First Year – Custom GTO”
I am very curious as to how you know if something has a mirror finish or not. I know a regular finish in most colors but I have a few cars that shine like those pictured. Are any of those mirror finish? I also noticed the black roofs. Glossy and flat. Known variation?
I believe the the wheel wells should be painted, thats how you tell a mirror.
All Toppers have painted wheel wells, but you can tell if your Johnny Lightning is a mirror or not by seeing if the wheel wells are as shiny as the rest of the car, so you’re almost there.
You can use this guide to differentiate between a mirror and non-mirrors.
I have a gold one with opening hood (not doors) and red interior. paint is pretty rough. Is the red interior more or less desirable?