During the muscle car era, many auto enthusiasts believed Pontiac GTOs reigned supreme. The vehicles had attitude, performed well, and looked good on the road. Here are the top three GTOs of all time.
Many people believe the muscle car era began when the 1964 GTO rolled out of the factory. Although it was nothing but a padded LeMans, the 389-cubic V8 engine, dual exhaust, and three-speed Hurst manual transmission certainly turned heads. Due to the 348 horsepower engine and surplus of performance excited drivers, the car tripled exceeded sales for the year and earned the title of a Pontiac success story.
1969 GTO “Judge”
The 1969 GTO “Judge” was a second generation design with modern styling and impressive power. Its 400 cubic-inch V8 engine produced approximately 370 horsepower. Originally, the car was meant to be a budget option that dominated Plymouth’s Road Runner. However, it transformed into an expensive and aggressive luxury vehicle. Its exterior appearance was decorated with stripes, a spoiler, and a blacked-out grill. The Ram Air IV version, a rare model, boasted a powerful engine and easily transitioned into a collector’s favorite.
In 1974, it seemed the GTO would be lost forever. However, Pontiac brought the concept back in 2004. As the Firebird was discontinued, the brand looked for a car that would excite the public. It decided to base a new vehicle on the popular Australian Holden Monaro. The 2004 GTO was a large departure from previous models. It was the first GTO to be introduced with an all-independent suspension, unibody construction, four-wheel disc brakes, and a six-speed manual transmission. Under the hood, it contained a 5.7 liter LS-1 engine that produced 350 horsepower. This was the fastest GTO ever produced. With its optional four-speed automatic transmission, it could go 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
Even though the Pontiac brand no longer exists, it left behind a legacy of great vehicles. Its GTO line was extremely popular and was believed to jumpstart the muscle car era. The vehicles mentioned above have earned a special place in history and still impress auto enthusiasts looking for cool rides.
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