1964 PONTIAC GTO

THE STORIED PONTIAC GOAT BADGE HAD ITS BEGINNINGS AS AN OPTION PACK

WORDS ALEX AFFATT

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 secondgeneration 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.

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

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.

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

Itís 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, itís a seriously attractive car with plenty of 60s motifs.

Itís also got power brakes and the sale includes the original build sheet.

For $69,990, itís a midrange American classic, and with it comes an iconic badge and an important footnote in Americaís muscle motoring history.