Yeah. Money was a mitigating factor back in those days. I could have picked up a blue ‘67 GTO with a 326, hood scoop, factory duals and gauges, factory chrome air filter and valve covers, and Hurst dual gate shifter, and all it needed was the Rochester Q-Jet rebuilt, for $125. Unfortunately at the time, I was 17 and had no job, so the price was about $120 out of my range. To this day, I wish I’d have robbed a bank to get that car. It was sweetness inside and out.
I knew guys with 442’s, Cutlasses, shoot one guy in the town had a 69 Mach 1 or Fastback (can’t remember) with 390 - he wanted $1500 - it was good shape.
A few years later met a guy working at a gas station driving a 1970 Boss 302 4-speed - no shaker or stripes though. He wanted $3000 which was probably $2000 or $2500 more money than I had (was still making payments on my 78 Trans Am).
A couple months later saw him and asked about the car - he slid it into a telephone pole in the rain - sideways - and bent the unibody.
If it had a 326 it was likely a Tempest re-badged as a GTO since GTO’s came with 389, 400 and then 455 as the years passed.