1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air II
As muscle cars were just making their way onto the American auto scene, Pontiac threw its hat into the ring with the GTO. To create this line of sporty cars, controversially named after the Ferrari race car, Pontiac took one of its biggest engines, a 389-cubic inch V8, and put it into a mid-size car. The Ventura received this honor, and in fact, the first GTO was really just an option package on the Ventura. The result was one of the coolest-looking cars yet produced by American manufacturers and one that set the bar for the rest of the fast and powerful muscle cars to come.
During the second generation, the 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III was born and the already classic muscle car had a new and updated look. The ’70 model got rid of the hidden headlights and brought in four round and exposed lights and smaller grill openings. The protruding prow sank back a little bit to make the front-end slightly less prominent. As with previous model years, the ’70 was available as a two-door convertible, coupe, or hardtop.
The 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III also received an upgraded suspension, an anti-roll bar in the rear, and a stiffer front anti-roll bar. As a result, body lean in the turns and understeer were reduced. The improved power steering on the 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III also made handling better compared to previous models.
The engine in the 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III was the second largest available in that model year. Pontiac introduced the Ram Air III in the 1969 GTO, which was rated at 366 horsepower and was a modest upgrade from the previous 360 horsepower engine. The Judge, the high performance model from 1969, was still offered in 1970 and came standard with the Ram Air III engine.