Every body knows the Pontiac GTO. It was Pontiac's fresh new car offering for the 2004 model year, with a touch of classic in its body styling. But few know that the styling for the new Pontiac GTO was actually taken from a car with a similar name manufactured way back in the muscle era. In fact, the classic Pontiac GTO was considered by most as the first true muscle car.
The GTO first appeared as a high performance trim for the Pontiac Tempest LeMans for the 1964 model year. It was originally equipped with a 389 cubic inch V8 rated at either 325 bhp (4-barrel carburetor version) or 348 bhp (three two-barrel carburetor, or Tri-Power, version). The model became an instant hit, with sales escalating higher than the expected figures and nearly doubling a year after. This popularity has urged General Motors to offer the Pontiac GTO as an independent model in 1966.
In 1968, the Pontiac GTO adopted the GM A-body chassis, the first chassis it used that was different from the Pontiac Tempest LeMans where the car came from. In 1969, a 'Judge' model of the GTO became available and in 1970, it received a minor styling. The 1970 minor restyle was the last that the GTO will have. By 1971, the strict emission regulations and fuel crisis that hit the US affected the design of most muscle cars including the Pontiac GTO. After 1971 until its demise after 1974, the GTO was sold just as an option package to the Pontiac Lemans.
In the early 2000s, General Motors tried to revive the Pontiac GTO and the first hint of this plan was shown in the 1999 Detroit Auto Show. Five years later, in 2004, Pontiac re-launched the Pontiac GTO. This time, it was based on the Holden Morano's V platform. It is equipped with a 6.0-liter V8 engine rated at 400 hp with 400 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission is a 4-speed automatic transaxle with a 6-speed manual unit available as an option.
Although of the same name, one can easily see that the classic Pontiac GTO is a lot different from the current Pontiac GTO being sold by General Motors. And even the classic GTO's varies for each model year. So each time you need to replace a stock Pontiac GTO part with a brand new one, be sure that you get the right Pontiac GTO auto part for your car. Here at Parts Train, we have premium Pontiac GTO parts for each year model of the GTO, be it for the classic Pontiac GTO or the current Pontiac GTO. Just browse through our website and you'll find a wide selection of Pontiac GTO automotive parts conveniently grouped by year model.