Classic Car of the Week: The 1964 Pontiac GTO

The 1964 Pontiac GTO. This car changed it all. The first Pontiac GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest, available with the two-door coupe, hardtop coups, and convertible body styles. Despite rumors, Pontiac never built a GTO station wagon on its assembly lines. The US 296, package included a 389 cu in (6.4 L) V8 rated at 325 bhp (242 kW) at 4800 rpm) with a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, chromed  valve covers and air cleaner, 7 blade clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar, wider wheels with 7.50 × 14 redline tires, hoop scoops, and GTO badges. Optional equipment included a four-speed manual, Super Turbine 300 two-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful “Tri-Power” carburetor rated at 348 bhp (260 kW), metallic drum brake linings, heavy-duty cooling, ride and handling package, and the usual array of power and convenience accessories. With every available option, the GTO cost about $4,500 and weighed around 3,500 lb (1,600 kg). A tachometer was optional, and was placed in the far right dial on the dash.

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