|1964 Pontiac GTO
GTO was the face of the muscle car era. You can argue whether the “Goat” was the first car to define the breed (a mid-size car with an oversize V-8 engine). But, there’s no denying the fact that this was the first car to popularize it.
To get around a corporate ban on big motors in not-so-big bodies, the GTO was first offered as an option on Tempest LeMans models. Included in the package was a 389 c.i.d./325 hp V-8, linked to a three speed manual transmission, with Hurst shifter. Tri-Power carburetion (+23 hp) was available, as were a pair of four speed gearboxes and a two speed automatic.
With a burly V-8, heavy duty suspension and fatter ties, the GTO was a cool performer. A sweet deal, too. It took about $300 to add the package to a Tempest LeMans. Car buyers knew a bargain when they saw one and promptly snapped up over 32,000 Goats far outstripping Pontiac’s estimate of 5,000. A muscle car legend was born.
Back To Reviews Index