The 1967 GTO from Pontiac is one of the most iconic of all muscle cars. The classic body style, aesthetically-pleasing lines, and performance features make this one of the greatest cars to ever come out of Detroit. GTOs, Pontiac’s entry for the muscle car era was built in three generations from 1964 to 1974 and then off and on again in different forms through the 2000s.
Because General Motors banned factory-sponsored auto racing in 1963, the young Pontiac leaders focused on street cred instead. The first GTO came out in 1964 as an option package for the Pontiac Tempest. The GTO name came from a Ferrari race car, the 250 GTO, although enthusiasts lamented this sacrilege. The letters stand for Gran Turismo Omologato and designate a car certified for the Grand Tourer class of racing.
The 1967 GTO came in at the end of the first generation. It saw a few changes from the previous model year, including replaced tail lights, eight on each side. Rally II wheels could be purchased as an extra this year and the GTO badge moved from the rear fenders to the chrome rocker panels. There were also slight changes to the grille. The car was available as a sports coupe, a convertible, and a hardtop, with the latter proving to be the most popular.
Under the hood the 1967 GTO received changes to the Tri-Power carburetion system. Both the 389- and the 400-cubic inch engines were altered slightly. The 400 could be purchased as an economy, standard, or high output engine. The horsepower generated by these engines was 250, 335, and 360. The updated engines also came with a new three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. New safety requirements meant that the 1967 GTO received a new energy-absorbing steering column and wheel, a padded instrument panel, and emergency lights.
Although Pontiac redesigned it the next year, the 1967 GTO proved to be a big seller for GM. Over 80,000 models were purchased in 1967. Today, this model is a favorite among classic car collectors and muscle car enthusiasts.