1964 PON­TIAC GTO

THE STO­RIED PON­TIAC GOAT BADGE HAD ITS BE­GIN­NINGS AS AN OP­TION PACK

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BE­FORE THE GTO be­came a stand-alone model in 1966, the name­plate be­gan in 1964 as a USD$295 sports ori­ented op­tion pack for the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Pon­tiac Tem­pest.

The GTO pack was in­tro­duced in re­ac­tion to the suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity of its high-per­for­mance 326ci V8 packs sold in the pre­vi­ous model year.

Ini­tially avail­able with one of Pon­tiac’s most loved en­gine of­fer­ings, the GTO boasted a 389ci V8 breath­ing through a Carter four-bar­rel, yield­ing 242kW at 4800rpm when new.

Along with the big donk up front, the car gained chrome valve cov­ers and air cleaner in the en­gine bay, floor-mounted three-speed man­ual with Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, enlarged front sway bar, wider wheels and a bon­net scoop and var­i­ous GTO badg­ing.

On the op­tions list, along with a four-speed man­ual, two-speed Su­per Tur­bine 300 au­to­matic, LSD and ac­ces­sories, was the iconic Tri-power en­gine set up, con­sist­ing of three two-bar­rel Rochester cabu­ret­tors, of­fer­ing more power to the tune of 260kW.

Amer­i­can mus­cle cars are still a bit rare Down Un­der but may grow in pop­u­lar­ity as prices of our Aussie clas­sic main­stays con­tinue to grow out of reach of the lay­man en­thu­si­ast.

This 1964 Pon­tiac GTO is avail­able via Clas­sic & Amer­i­can Im­ports in South Aus­tralia, and looks the ab­so­lute goods.

It’s got the fac­tory cor­rect 389ci V8 with the stan­dard four-bar­rel Carter, op­tional au­to­matic gear­box and is fin­ished in what ap­pears to be ei­ther Aqua­ma­rine or Gulf­stream Aqua fac­tory hue. With a black vinyl in­te­rior com­plete with bucket seats, it’s a se­ri­ously at­trac­tive car with plenty of 60s mo­tifs.

It’s also got power brakes and the sale in­cludes the orig­i­nal build sheet.

For $69,990, it’s a midrange Amer­i­can clas­sic, and with it comes an iconic badge and an im­por­tant foot­note in Amer­ica’s mus­cle mo­tor­ing his­tory.

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