There were only two kinds of the GTOs available for purchase in the 1960’s, one ...
There were only two kinds of the GTOs available for purchase in the 1960’s, one was considerably cheaper than the other.
That’s because one of the models was offered by the Pontiac, and taking inspiration from Ferrari’s famous, and successful racecar: the 250 GTO. Well, now, although the nameplate means Gran Turismo Omologato, which translates as homologated grand tourer, and it has nothing to do with Pontiac’s racing program.
As a matter of fact, by the time a GTO was made available, Pontiac – and which was advertised as GM’s performance division – and ended factory support for racing activities, but John DeLorean thought it was the fitting that would commemorate the car maker’s past.
The GTO started life as a Tempest, with the 389 cu in (6.4 L) Pontiac V8 engine, despite GM’s policy of not allowing big engines on A-body vehicles. And by doing so, the team of engineers responsible for its creation, inadvertently conceived the muscle car genre, and the rest is history.
Well, the model visiting Jay Leno’s garage is the rare 1964, convertible, stick-shift GTO in mint condition, with air conditioning, and belonging to Tim Miller for the past 22 years.
It’s powered by a 389 cu in four-barrel engine, but it also has Tri-Power two-barrel Rochester 2G carburetors in the trunk.
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