Pontiac GTO: The Old School Muscle Car King

Aug 12, 2021 1 min read
Pontiac GTO: The Old School Muscle Car King

All bets are on this 1970 GTO convertible!

Inspired by Grand Turismo Omologato, the GTO, internally known at the Grand Tempest Option, the Pontiac GTO is widely accepted as the first real American muscle car, although some would argue that. This mid-sized high-performance automobile drove an entire segment into icon state. Examples like the one up for grabs from Clasiq give you a look into the glory days of the American muscle car.

With a focus on street performance, the plan from GM was to offer a 389-cid 6.4-liter V8 engine as an option for Pontiac’s Tempest model. This was intended to make the car more appealing to a younger crowd and, almost with the snap of the fingers, the muscle car era of the 1960s was born. By the mid 1960s the GTO had grown into its own model and became more than just a Tempest with a big block. Shortly after, displacement grew to 400-cid. This helped the GTO keep up with an ever growing competition. In 1969, feeling pressure from the Plymouth Roadrunner, and the 1970 GTO got even better.

Under the hood of this 1970 Pontiac GTO is a matching-numbers 400-cid engine mated to an automatic transmission and topped with a 4-barrel carburetor. This engine is said to be very original and numbers matching - it’s also said that the engine runs very strong and have a recent rebuild. The engine is backed by a 4-speed Muncie transmission.

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