1964 Pontiac GTO review - Toybox

By: Alex Affat, Photography by: Classic & American Imports

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The storied Pontiac Goat badge had its beginnings as an option pack

 

Pontiac GTO

Before the GTO became a stand-alone model in 1966, the nameplate began in 1964 as a USD$295 sports oriented option pack for the second-generation Pontiac Tempest.

The GTO pack was introduced in reaction to the success and popularity of its high-performance 326ci V8 packs sold in the previous model year.

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Initially available with one of Pontiac’s most loved engine offerings, the GTO boasted a 389ci V8 breathing through a Carter four-barrel, yielding 242kW at 4800rpm when new.

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Along with the big donk up front, the car gained chrome valve covers and air cleaner in the engine bay, floor-mounted three-speed manual with Hurst shifter, stiffer springs,  enlarged front sway bar, wider wheels and a bonnet scoop and various GTO badging.

On the options list, along with a four-speed manual, two-speed Super Turbine 300 automatic, LSD and accessories, was the iconic Tri-power engine set up, consisting of three two-barrel Rochester caburettors, offering more power to the tune of 260kW.

American muscle cars are still a bit rare Down Under but may grow in popularity as prices of our Aussie classic mainstays continue to grow out of reach of the layman enthusiast.

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This 1964 Pontiac GTO is available via Classic & American Imports in South Australia, and looks the absolute goods.

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It’s got the factory correct 389ci V8 with the standard four-barrel Carter, optional automatic gearbox and is finished in what appears to be either Aquamarine or Gulfstream Aqua factory hue. With a black vinyl interior complete with bucket seats,  it’s a seriously attractive car with plenty of 60s motifs.

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It’s also got power brakes and the sale includes the original build sheet.

For $64,990, it’s a midrange  American classic, and with it comes an iconic badge and an important footnote in America’s muscle motoring history.

 

 

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