2022 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1969 Pontiac GTO 400 V8 Coupe (LHD)
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Pontiac launched the legendary GTO in 1964 and to many this was the first real muscle car. The combination of an intermediate, or mid-size, car fitted with a big-block V8 as an option began with the Tempest Le Mans range of coupes, convertibles, or hardtops in October 1963. The second generation GTO appeared in 1968, with more curvaceous styling and shorter (2800mm) wheelbase. Distinctive features of the new bodywork included the adoption of colour-keyed energy absorbing bumpers, a prominent split grille and - a first for an American car - windscreen wipers hidden below the trailing edge of the bonnet. Powertrain choices included the base 400ci V8 (with Ram Air III and IV optional) along with the new long-stroke 455ci V8. Ferrari may have invented the Gran Turismo Omologato (GTO), but it was Pontiac which brought power to the people with its muscular namesake.