1964 Pontiac Gto

Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO was an car reinforced by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by Cosmopolitan Motors Holden in Australia from 2003 to 2006. It is much considered the kickoff rightful heftiness car. From 1964 until 1973.5, it was close related the Pontiac Storm, but for its last class it was based on the Pontiac Ventura. The Twenty-one c GTO is basically a left ride Holden Monaro, itself a coupe variation of the Holden Commodore.

1964 Pontiac Gto


The GTO was the inspiration of Pontiac direct Russell Gee, an locomotive specializer, and Pontiac honcho organize Lavatory De Lorean. Shane Wiser was the get-go to repute the mind of the GTO. In former 1963, Ecumenical Motors direction issued an rescript forbidding divisions from affaire in car racing. At the sentence, Pontiac’s advertizement and selling access was heavy based on functioning, and racing was an crucial element of that scheme. Jim Wangers proposed a way to keep the operation persona that the section had cultured with a new center street operation. It tangled transforming the coming redesigned Storm (which was set to return to a schematic front-engine, strawman transmittance, rear-wheel campaign shape) into a “Ace Storm” with the bigger 389 in³ (6.5 L) Pontiac V8 locomotive from the full-sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in office of the touchstone 326 in³ (5.3 L) Storm V8. By promoting the big-engine Storm as a especial high-performance simulation, they could prayer to the speed-minded youthfulness grocery (which had besides been recognised by Crossing Centrifugal Society’s Lee Iacocca, who was at that clock preparing the Crossing Mustang).

The diagnose, which was DeLorean’s estimate, was elysian by the Ferrari 250 GTO, the extremely successful racer. It is an acronym for Nanna Turismo Omologato, Italian for homologated for racing in the GT form. The describe drew objection from purists, who considered it around profanation.

1964 Pontiac GTO

The GTO was technically a usurpation of GM insurance qualifying the A-body medium demarcation to a utmost locomotive supplanting of 330 in³ (5.4 L). Since the GTO was an choice packet and not stock equipment, it could be considered to surrender into a loophole in the insurance. Pontiac Worldwide Handler Elliot “Pete” Estes sanctioned the new simulation, although sales coach Postmark Span, who did not consider it would uncovering a commercialise, insisted on qualifying initial product to no than 5,000 cars. Had the example been a nonstarter, Estes potential would let been reprimanded. As it off out, it was a gravid achiever.

First generation


The get-go Pontiac GTO was an selection parcel for the Pontiac LeMans, useable with the two-door saloon, hardtop coupe, and transmutable trunk styles. For US$ 296, it included the 389 in³ V8 (rated at 325 hp (242 kW) at 4800 rpm) with a bingle Carter AFB four-barrel carburettor and double eject, chromed valve covers and air cleanser, 7 steel clutches fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmitting with Hurst gearstick, stiffer springs, bigger diam movement carry bar, wider wheels with 7.50 x 14 redline tires, cowling scoops, and GTO badges. Optional equipment included a four-speed manual transmittance, two-speed robotlike transmittance, a more brawny “Tri-Power” carburation rated at 348 hp (260 kW), metal bone bracken linings, modified elusion derivative, heavy-duty chilling, cod and manipulation bundle, and the common range of index and contraption accessories. With every uncommitted selection, the GTO be some US$ 4,500 and weighed some 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg).

Nearly coeval route tests exploited the more potent Tri-Power locomotive and four-speed. Car Liveliness clocked a GTO so weaponed at 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 6.6 seconds, done the standing poop mil in 14.8 seconds with a top upper of 99 mph (158 km/h). Ilk almost testers, they criticized the retard guidance, especially without ability direction, and poor bone brakes, which were superposable to those of the rule Storm. Car and Driver incited disputation when it printed that a GTO that had purportedly been tuned with the “Bobcat” kit offered by Purple Pontiac of Purple Oak, Michigan, was clocked at a poop knot sentence of 12.8 seconds and a top fastness of 112 mph (179 km/h) on racing slicks. Posterior reports powerfully evoke that the Car and Driver GTOs were furnished with a 421 in³ (6.9 L) locomotive that was optional in full-sized Pontiacs. Since the two engines were hard to separate outwardly, the blind was not now obvious. Wiener Nosepiece’s sales calculate proven inaccurate: the GTO packet had sold 10,000 units ahead the rootage of the 1964 calendar twelvemonth, and sum sales were 32,450.


End-to-end the Sixties, Regal Pontiac, a Pontiac car trader in Imperial Oak, Michigan, offered a especial warm-up software for Pontiac 389 engines. Many were fitted to GTOs, and the components and instructions could be purchased by send also as installed by the trader. The discover “Bobcat” came from the jury-rigged badges created for the limited cars, combination letters from the “Bonneville” and “Catalina” nameplates. Many of the Pontiacs made usable for clip examination were equipt with the Bobcat kit. The GTO Bobcat accelerated 0-60 in 4.6 seconds (this 0-60 clock is now equalled by the manufactory 2005-06 GTO with robotlike transmittance and no limiting).

The exact components of the kit wide-ranging but loosely included pieces to qualify the lead of the allocator, modification lead to 34-36° at no than 3,000 rpm (forward the timing at gamey rpm for increased might), a dilutant drumhead gasket to rise compressing to almost 11.23:1, a gasket to stoppage the warmth riser of the carburettor (retention it tank), bigger carburettor jets, high-capacity oil heart, and fibreglass shims with ringlet bonkers to grasp the hydraulic valve lifters at their uttermost gunpoint of accommodation, allowing the locomotive to rev higher without “vagrant” the valves. Decent installed, the kit could add betwixt 30 and 50 hp (20-40 kW), although it requisite high-energy superpremium petrol of complete 100 octane to forfend glint whack with the higher densification and modern timing.


The Storm pipeline, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 modelling yr, adding 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) to the boilersuit distance piece retaining the like wheelbase and midland dimensions. It sported Pontiac’s feature vertically curvy quadruplet headlights. Boilersuit burden increased most 100 pounds (45 kg). Bracken liner domain increased most 15%. The fascia figure was improved, and an optional bait calibre clump added a more legible tach and oil imperativeness estimate.

The 389 locomotive had revised cylinder heads with re-cored inlet passages, up respiration. Rated index increased to 335 hp (250 kW) @ 5,000 rpm for the foot 4-barrel locomotive; the Tri-Power was rated 360 hp ((268 kW) @ 5,200 rpm. The Tri-Power locomotive had slimly less torsion than the pedestal locomotive, 424 ft·pound (574 N·m) @ 3,600 rpm versus 431 ft·lb (584 N·m) @ 3,200 rpm. Transmittance and axle proportion choices remained the like.

The restyled GTO had a new false bonnet max. A rarified, dealer-installed selection was a metallic underhood pan and gaskets that allowed the max to be open, transforming a ornamental twist into a useable inhuman air consumption. The best was low adequate that its effectivity was confutable (it was unconvincing to peck anything but limit stratum air), but it leastways admitted tank, denser air, and allowed more of the locomotive’s unnerving hollo to evasion.

Car Spirit tried a 1965 GTO with Tri-Power and what they considered the nigh suitable options (close-ratio four-speed manual transmitting, index steerage, metal brakes, rag wheels, 4.11 limited-slip derivative, and Rebound Caliber Bundle), with a aggregate poser damage of US$3,643.79. With two testers and equipment alongside, they recorded 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, the standing one-quarter mi in 14.5 seconds with a ambush speeding of 100 mph (160 km/h), and an ascertained top fastness of 114 mph (182.4 km/h) at the locomotive’s 6,000 rpm redline. Flush Centrifugal Drift’s four-barrel essay car, a heavier exchangeable disabled by the two-speed reflex transmitting and the want of a circumscribed eluding derivative, ran 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and done the quartern mi in 16.1 seconds at 89 mph (142.4 km/h).

1964 Pontiac Gto

Major criticisms of the GTO continued to center its dull steerage (proportion of 17.5:1, quatern turns lock-to-lock) and fair brakes. Car Sprightliness was quenched with the metal brakes on its GTO, but Centrifugal Style and Route Run launch the touchstone drums with constitutive linings to be alarmingly short in high-velocity impulsive.

Sales of the GTO, abetted by a unnerving merchandising and promotional run that included songs and versatile trade, more two-fold to 75,342. It was already spawning many imitators, both inside otc GM divisions and its competitors.


Pontiac’s medium cable was restyled again for 1966,

gaining more bosomy styling with kicked-up behind pilot lines for a “Coke-bottle” looking, and a slenderly “tunneled” backlight. Boilersuit duration grew solitary fractionally, to 206.4 inches (524 cm), silence on a 115 edge (292 cm) wheelbase, patch breadth expanded to 74.4 inches (189 cm). Backside cartroad increased one in (2.5 cm). Boilersuit slant remained around the like. The GTO became a break exemplar serial, quite than an choice packet, with unparalleled grillwork and quarter lights, usable as a pillared sports coupe, a hardtop sans pillars, or a transmutable. Too an self-propelling diligence kickoff, shaping presence grilles replaced the pot metallic and aluminium versions seen on originally age. New Strato pail seating were introduced with higher and dilutant buns backs and contoured cushions for added consolation and adjustable headrests were introduced as a new choice. The board was redesigned and more incorporate than in late eld with the inflammation replacement affected from the far unexpended of the cony to the redress of the wheel. Iv pod instruments continued, and the GTO’s das was highlighted by walnut veneering cut. The 1966 modeling yr is viewed by many as the near iconic of all GTOs because of its main modeling condition and because it was the finish twelvemonth Pontiac offered the 389 Tri Mightiness locomotive shape.

Locomotive choices remained the like as the former class. A new rarefied locomotive choice was offered: the XS locomotive pick consisted of a mill Ram Air ready with a new 744 gamey rhytidectomy cam. About 35 mill installed Ram Air packages are believed to bear been reinforced, though 300 franchise installed Ram Air packages are estimated to let been logical. On wallpaper, the bundle was aforesaid to farm the like 360 hp as the non-Ram Air, Tri Might car, though these figures are believed to bear been grossly underestimated in fiat to get preceding GM mandates.

Sales increased to 96,946, the highest product pattern for all GTO geezerhood. Although Pontiac had strenuously promoted the GTO in publicizing as the “GTO Tiger,” it had turn known in the young grocery as the “Laughingstock.” Pontiac direction attempted to pee-pee use of the new soubriquet in advert but were vetoed by amphetamine direction, which was appalled by its saucy quality.


Styling remained basically unaltered for 1967, but the GTO saw various important mechanical changes.

A collective insurance determination prohibited multiple carburetors for all cars demur the Chevrolet Corvette, so the Tri-Power locomotive was off and replaced with new quadrajet four-barrel carburettor. Chevrolet was capable to donjon the tri-power ready to aid with their icon; the GTO was truly decorous a grievous contest trouble for them. To repair, the 389 locomotive standard a slenderly wider cylinder bore-hole (4.12 inches, 104.7 mm) for a aggregate deracination of 400 in³ (6.6 L). Torsion increased somewhat, from 431 to 441 ft-lbf (584 to 598 N·m) for the fundament locomotive, from 424 to 438 ft-lbf (575 to 594 N·m) for the optional locomotive but mightiness remained the like. Testers launch picayune functioning departure, although the classifiable phone and furiousness of the Tri-Power was lost.

1964 Pontiac Gto

Two new engines were offered. The kickoff was an thriftiness locomotive, likewise 400 in³ but with a two-barrel carburettor, 8.6:1 condensation, and a valuation of 265 hp (198 kW) and 397 ft-lbf (538 N·m) of torsion. Offered solitary with an reflex, it was not fountainhead standard by GTO buyers. The secondment locomotive offered at an additional be of US$263.30 ended the received high-output locomotive, was the Ram Air locomotive. The bundle, which included a working punk pocket (lots care the late dealer-installed set-up), featured stiffer valve springs and a longer-duration camshaft. Rated superpower and torsion were unaltered, although the locomotive was surely stronger than that of the stock 360 hp (268 kW) GTO. It was usable lone with 3.90:1 or 4.33:1 derivative geartrain, and its “hotter” camshaft leftfield it with a notably lumpier jobless and less accommodative part-throttle reception.

Discharge controls, including an air injector scheme, were fitted in GTOs sold in California lonesome.

1964 Pontiac Gto

The two-speed robotlike was replaced with the three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic TH400, which was uncommitted with any locomotive. When the Strato bucketful seating and solace were logical, the TH was boost enhanced by the use of Hurst’s Dual-Gate gearstick, which permitted reflexive unfirm in “Thrust’ or manual option done the gears. It was broadly considered an compeer lucifer for the four-speed in virtually execution aspects. Lag, the Storm’s unequal membranophone brakes could be replaced by optional platter brakes on the movement wheels (for US$104.79, including ability advance), a brobdingnagian melioration in both braking operation and disappearance resistivity.

Hot-rod Mag tried a 1967 Ram Air GTO with Turbo-Hydramatic and 3.90 train, and obtained a quarter-mile functioning of 14.51 seconds @ 98.79 mph (158.99 km/h) in pure-stock configuration, rebellion to 14.11 @ 101.23 mph (162.91 km/h) with accessary cause belts distant, new light plugs, and a slender change to the carburettor. Car Sprightliness’s standardised car ran 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds and the stern in 14.5 seconds @ 102 mph (163 km/h) with 4.33 behind derivative. They were vital, yet, of the Ram Air’s demeanor and trend to overheat in dealings, likewise as the relaxation with which a regardless driver could outdo the 5,600 rpm redline in top pitch (which modified the car to a uttermost velocity of 107 mph (171 km/h) with a 4.33 axle proportion). Nor was it chintzy: for execution and appointments rattling exchangeable to their 1965 Tri-Power, the cost was US$4,422, a 20% growth.

1964 Pontiac Gto

Yet, GTO sales remained mellow at 81,722.

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