This weeks muscle car restoration choice is the 1964 Pontiac GTO. Short for “Gran Turismo Omologato”, or Certified Grand Tourer as it translates to English,the GTO was hailed by contemporary car critics as the “GOAT” (Greatest of all time)!
At a time when GM was trying to limit the weight and size of it’s engines in consumer automobiles, Pontiac snuck one by them by offering a massive 389 cubic-inch V8, which delivered 325 hp and 4800 rpms of torque according to chassis dyno performance check done by the manufacturer!
A good reason to opt for a GTO as your next auto restoration project is PERFORMANCE. This baby go go from zero to sixty in only 7.5 seconds which is pretty astounding for 1964. In fact, Car and Driver Magazine claimed it to be just as fast as the Ferrari GTO. (A claim that was pretty controversial back then)
Another factor to consider is cosmetics. This car, like most muscle cars of the mid ’60s, looks AMAZING. There are a few different models floating around out there including a very cool looking convertible like the one featured in the picture above. It doesn’t get any sexier than that!