THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL - THE GOAT - Considered by many to be
the car the sparked the Muscle Car Era - The Pontiac GTO
This 1964 GTO has been locally kept and maintained and shows very
well. Stunning in black over black interior, this GTO has all of
the go fast goodies:
- Auburn posi-traction rear end - Summer brother axles - 428 V8
electronic fuel injection by Holley - Included Dyno Sheet shows
438HP - Front disc brakes - Richmond 6 speed with over drive -
Original ram air headers - Holley ECU in glove box - Newly
installed CenterForce Clutch - American racing wheels - New tires
Extensively documented with all receipts, this is a strong running,
head turning GTO!!!
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About the GTO:
The Pontiac GTO is an automobile that was manufactured from 1964 to
1974, and by GM's subsidiary Holden in Australia from the 2004 to
2006 model years.
The first generation of the GTO was the first muscle car produced
in the 1960s and the 1970s. The Pontiac GTO is considered by some
to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers
offering a variety of competing models.
The GTO was selected as the Motor Trend Car of the Year in
In early 1963, General Motors' management banned divisions from
involvement in auto racing. This followed the 1957 voluntary ban on
automobile racing that was instituted by the Automobile
Manufacturers Association. By the early 1960s, Pontiac's
advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on
performance. With GM's ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac's
managers began to emphasize street performance.
The first Pontiac GTO was available as an option package for the
Pontiac LeMans, available in coupe, hardtop, and convertible body
styles. The US$295 package included a 389 CI V8 rated at 325HP at
4,800 rpm with a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor and dual
exhaust pipes, chromed valve covers and air cleaner, seven-blade
clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with a
Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar,
wider wheels with 7.50 � 14 redline tires, hood scoops, and GTO
Optional equipment included a four-speed manual transmission, Super
Turbine 300 two-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful
engine with "Tri-Power" carburetion (three two-barrel Rochester 2G
carburetors) rated at 348HP, metallic drum brake linings,
limited-slip differential, heavy-duty cooling, ride and handling
package, and the usual array of power and convenience accessories.
With every available option, the GTO cost about US$4,500 and
weighed around 3,500lbs. A tachometer was optional, and was placed
in the far right dial on the dash.
Car and Driver incited controversy when it mentioned that a GTO,
which had supposedly been tuned with the "Bobcat" kit offered by
Ace Wilson's Royal Pontiac of Royal Oak, Michigan, was clocked at a
quarter mile time of 12.8 seconds and a trap speed of 112 mph on
Later reports strongly suggest that the Car and Driver GTOs were
equipped with a larger 421 cu in engine that was optional in
full-sized Pontiacs. Since the two engines were difficult to
distinguish externally, the subterfuge was not immediately
In Jim Wangers' Glory Days he admitted after three decades of
denial that the red drag strip GTO had its engine swapped with a
421 Bobcat unit. Since the car was damaged during the testing, and
Wangers did not want anyone looking under the hood, he used the
blue road course GTO to flat tow the red GTO 1,500 miles back to
Detroit. Frank Bridge's initial sales forecast proved inaccurate:
the GTO package's total sales amounted to 32,450 units
The GTO disregarded GM's policy limiting the A-body intermediate
line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in (5.4 L). But the
development team discovered a loophole in the policy which does not
restrict large engines to be offered as an option.
By promoting the big-engine option as a special high-performance
model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market (which
had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company's Lee Iacocca, who
was at that time preparing the sporty Ford Mustang variant of the
second generation Ford Falcon compact).
The name, which was DeLorean's idea, was inspired by the Ferrari
250 GTO, the successful race car. It is an Italian abbreviation for
Gran Turismo Omologato ("grand tourer homologated"), which means
officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class. In
reality, however, the Pontiac GTO was never really a certified
Grand Tourer race car. Internally, it was initially called the
"Grand Tempest Option" The GTO is one of the fastest cars ever
manufactured by Pontiac.