Category Archives: GTO

1967 GTO

1967 GTO

1967 Pontiac GTOThe 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.

1968 Firebird

1968 Firebird

1968 firebirdThe 1968 Firebird was just the second entry in Pontiac’s pony car line. Begun in 1967, the Firebird models have been popular with buyers and collectors for decades for their good looks, classic styling, performance-oriented features, and option packages, like the Trans Am. Sharing its platform with the Chevy Camaro, the Firebird at its introduction competed with the Mercury Cougar, and of course the pony car that started it all, the Ford Mustang.

1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III

1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air II

gto2233As 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.

Pontiac GTO: Some History

Pontiac GTO: When you talk about the great American muscle cars of the 1960s and beyond one of the first vehicles that is going to enter the conversation is the Pontiac GTO.

A lot of people have heard of John DeLorean as the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, the ill-fated luxury car manufacturer of the 1970s. However, DeLorean was long thought of as an automotive design genius before starting his own company.

He was the chief engineer of the Pontiac division of General Motors in the early 1960s and he was instrumental in the design of the GTO along with chassis expert Bill Collins and engine man Russell Gee.