1972 Mr. Norm’s Demon GSS – Petty Blue

1972 Mr. Norm's Demon GSS - Petty Blue

As you probably know by now, I am a huge Mr. Norm fan.  Growing up in the Chicago area, I used to visit his dealership when I just a teenager.  I used to dream of owning one of his high performance cars, and although it took me a few decades, I was finally able to.

I had already owned a 1968 GSS Dart and a 1971 GSS Demon.  The 71 GSS Demons had a 340 Six-Pack in them, but by 1972, Mr. Norm ‘s had kicked the GSS Demon up a bit by offering them with Paxton superchargers. The blown GSS Demons from Mr. Norm’s definitely set the benchmark as to just how far a dealership would go to market a serious performance car. Thanks to the limited availability of the Paxton blowers, the amount of time it took to convert one of these cars, and the cost of buying one, the production figures on supercharged GSS Demons was extremely low. The original records from Mr. Norm’s on how many were built are long gone, but Norm Kraus himself and other experts pin the number of GSS Demons at somewhere between I 00 and 200 units (for both 1971 and 1972).

The ultra-rare Corporate Blue (Petty Blue) ‘72 GSS Demon shown here joined my fleet in an unusual way. I had just had surgery earlier in the day and was in recovery and heavily juiced up on morphine while I worked out the deal to buy the car!  Just because you’re in post-op doesn’t mean you can’t wheel and deal on old cars. All that aside, I had found out about the Demon a few days before going under the knife, but as I lay there recovering, the thought of letting such a rare car get away overcame me and I had to act.

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Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!