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Pontiac GTO Model Overview

Pontiac GTO Questions

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How Can I Find Out What Size Clutch Plate Is On A 1964 Lemans, Without Taki...

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1970 Gto Engine Verification

I'm trying to verify the engine number matches with the car. So far the only number I have been able to find is 0565141 YS. I know the YS designates it as a 400 CU 330 HP. Would like to know what year...

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Norm Davis
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Shop Tip To Anyone Rebuilding A 60s-70s Engine: Try Not To Mix Pulleys, Wat...

Pontiac changed pulley design nearly every year, for many different models and applications. The water pump changed from 8 bolt to 11 bolt in 69 but there are also short snout and long snout variation...

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How Do You Install Rad Support Bushings In A 1970 Gto

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Looking To Find Out If My 66 Gto Would Have An Engine Serial Number To Matc...

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Older Pontiac GTO

1974 Pontiac GTO Overview
1974 Pontiac GTO
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1974 Pontiac GTO reviews:
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1973 Pontiac GTO Overview
1973 Pontiac GTO
12 pictures
1973 Pontiac GTO reviews:
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1972 Pontiac GTO Overview
1972 Pontiac GTO
29 pictures
1972 Pontiac GTO reviews:
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1971 Pontiac GTO Overview
1971 Pontiac GTO
30 pictures
1971 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars
1970 Pontiac GTO Overview
1970 Pontiac GTO
76 pictures
1970 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars
1969 Pontiac GTO Overview
1969 Pontiac GTO
145 pictures
1969 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars
1968 Pontiac GTO Overview
1968 Pontiac GTO
97 pictures
1968 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars
1967 Pontiac GTO Overview
1967 Pontiac GTO
123 pictures
1967 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars
1966 Pontiac GTO Overview
1966 Pontiac GTO
88 pictures
1966 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars
1965 Pontiac GTO Overview
1965 Pontiac GTO
79 pictures
1965 Pontiac GTO reviews:
4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars
1964 Pontiac GTO Overview
1964 Pontiac GTO
38 pictures
1964 Pontiac GTO reviews:
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About the Pontiac GTO

John DeLorean was good at finding loopholes, for which Pontiac should be forever grateful. Unwittingly launching the muscle-car era back in 1964, the GTO came into being despite a mandate from General Motors brass that it was dispensing with race-car production and putting restrictions on engine sizes. In an attempt to boost Pontiac's performance branding, DeLorean experimented with putting the big-block 389 V8 engine that sat in the full-size Bonneville into the midsize Tempest. He got around GM's restrictions by offering this engine as an option only -- thus the loophole, and thus the birth of the GTO.   

The GTO name, stolen from Ferrari (Gran Turismo Omologato) has become synonymous with Pontiac and with street-racing performance. It lasted until 1974, either as its own model or an option package for the Le Mans, featuring a stiffer suspension, larger brakes and anti-sway bars, dual exhaust, dual hood scoops, and a V8 that started life at 325 horsepower, reaching its max 350 hp with the Ram Air scoops. Sold as a coupe (and briefly as a convertible), the GTO became the stuff of Mopar legend, still sending chills up spines at the mere mention of its name today. Sadly, the 1970s gas crisis neutered the GTO, as it did many muscle cars of the era, and the nameplate disappeared in 1974.

Although several attempts were made to revive the performance legend, none came to fruition. Until 2004. Needing a V8 replacement for the discontinued Firebird, Pontiac looked once again to the GTO's reputation for grunt and growling power. Now built as a stand-alone coupe, it was actually a product of GM's Australian subsidiary, Holden. The Holden Monaro got a retuned V8 engine that hit 350 hp and was sold in the U.S. as the Pontiac GTO.

The new GTO's exterior styling lacked the sexiness of most sports cars, with little nod to the muscle-car heritage of the GTO, but the performance was top-notch and got enhanced even more the following year, with 50 more horsepower. Sales were never good, however, and production was limited to a two-year run, though a new 2008 or 2009 GTO promises a sportier fastback design on the all new Zeta rear-wheel-drive platform.