100 Cars That Changed History

tn_84-1964_Pontiac_GTO_Hardtop_(8638753037)1964 Pontiac GTO Hardtop (8638753037)” by Sicnag1964 Pontiac GTO Hardtop. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


84. Pontiac GTO 1964-1974 United States

The GTO was an American muscle car produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. Though it was not the first muscle car, it is widely regarded as the genesis of the muscle car craze that dominated American culture and markets during the 1960’s and 1970’s. All four domestic manufacturers offered a competitive model in some variety or another. The GTO takes its name from the Ferrari 250 GTO, which stood for “Gran TurismoOmologato” which translates to “Grand Tourer Homologated.” The team responsible for this icon’s creation was: Pontiac engineer Russell Gee, an engine specialist; Bill Collins, a chassis engineer; and Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean. In 2004 a rebadged, third-generation Holden Monaro was introduced in the US as a new GTO, though it wasn’t successful.


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