Muscle Car of the Week: 1965 Pontiac GTO!

The Pontiac GTO is considered by most to be the ‘original muscle car’. When it came out in 1964 it spawned a trend in the American auto industry that had a lasting impression on the era and culture of the entire decade. All the major car manufactures of the ’60s rushed to come out with competing models that offered similar style, comfort and power. This is, perhaps, why the GTO is one of the most sought after cars for restoration experts of today. As popular as the flagship model was, however, the follow up year was twice as lucrative for Pontiac – they sold double the amount of units in ’65 compared to ’64!

Most auto restoration specialists agree that Pontiac fixed nearly everything that was wrong with the ’64 GTO. They added their trademark stacked quad headlights, a stylish hood scoop, new stronger brake linings, heavy duty shocks, and a redesigned dashboard and tachometer. The results were well received and the GTO was awarded the ‘Car of the Year’ by Motor Trend.

Under the hood saw some great improvements as well. The standard engine type was a beefy 389 cubic inch V8 that delivered 335 horse power during chassis dyno testing. The best choice, though, was another 389 V8 called the Tri-Power. This was an improved version of 1964’s top engine and got 360 horse power and 424 lb/ft of torque on the chassis dyno.

In 1965 a fully loaded GTO would go for about $4,500. Nowadays, if you’re looking to get a fully restored Pontiac GTO at auction it could cost you up to $100,000!

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