1970 Pontiac GTO
Imagine that today is a beautiful summer morning with the birds chirping, the sun shining, and the neighborhood kids already dragging out the sprinkler. You’ve taken a moment to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch, soaking in every last drop of sun you can, and you head to the garage. This story doesn’t end with a lawnmower or even gardening tools, no, this is something better. You open the garage door and step back, taking a second to enjoy the sight of your 1970 Pontiac GTO. Upon starting the engine, you can’t help but smile when you hear it roar to life before turning it off, popping the hood, and spending the next few hours, just…tinkering. Any little bit of fine-tuning you can justify, you’ll do. After all, what’s a bright summer’s day without a good muscle car?!
The 1970 GTO was a member of the second generation of the GTO. It featured an upgraded suspension and a rear anti-roll bar. The new Pontiac 455 HO engine lent its drivers about 350 hp and 2,700 rpm. The Vacuum Operated Exhaust (VOE), though short-lived, was also an option, which not only allowed the possibility of an increase in power and performance, but produced a louder exhaust noise, just a little addition to that beloved roar. Only about 233 1970 GTOs were produced with the VOE by the time GM management ordered they pull the plug on the option after it was featured on the Superbowl IV. However, the low production numbers with the option makes it just a little more special to own one.
This particular model of the GTO went 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, and was available as a hardtop or a convertible and in a variety of colors ranging from the typical red and black to orange and green, as well as 7 interior color options.
As that summer day begins to wind down and the sun sneaks below the hills in the distance. After a long day of hovering over the engine of your GTO and explaining to the kiddos what each part does, the perfect way to end the day is with a glass of ice cold lemonade. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Now, if only it would stop snowing!