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Pontiac GTO: Some History

Pontiac GTO: Some History

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.

All-American Muscle: The Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTOOne of the jobs of automotive designers is to look into the crystal ball and try to see into the future. What will attract the public as times change and a new generation of drivers are ready to hit the roadways? The history of the automobile manufacturing industry is filled with hits and misses as the “swamis” of automotive engineering placed their bets on educated guesses that became the next wave of motor vehicles offered by their respective companies.

Remembering John DeLorean

People who were around and abreast of the news of the day in the early 1980s will remember the field day the media had with John DeLorean. He was depicted as a jet-setting hipster who just happened to own a failing automobile manufacturing company who became involved in a cocaine smuggling scheme in an effort to save his company from financial ruin. This took place in 1982, and the last DeLorean DMC-12 left the plant in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland in November of that year.