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Pontiac GTO Questions
1969 Gto Oil Pressure At Zero
I own a 69 gto and it sat for 5 years . A shop put in electronic points and can't get oil pump to work now after putting in a new distributer and electronic points did he break the oil pump? if so how...
1967 Gto Swap 400 With A 1972 455 Pontiac Motor From Grand Prix
unable to use hooker headers or ram air exhaust manifolds,they hit crossmember?? had to use engine mounts from the gto/they seem to bolt up(holes shallow???) engine & trans mount spacing seems ok/driv...
What Fuel Should I Run In My 1968 Gto With 400 Big Block 4bbl?
It has been so long since I put gas in a car this old I don't remember if we were still using leaded fuel. I was working in gas station in 1970 and remember selling gas for 23 cents per gallon with ...
Rear Interior Window Lace
I am trying to install a rear window lace that comes highly recommended and clearly it does not fit easily and need to know what tips you may have for installing this window lace for my 1967 pontiac...
Should I Modify My Original 389?
I have a numbers matching 66 GTO; I have been thinking about boring 30 over, roller rockers, dish pistons, and a cam. Is this a mistake? Should I keep it original?
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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.