High Performance at Pontiac Then and Now

The 1967 Pontiac GTO was an amazing car in terms of muscle, power, speed and overall design. Many people continue to look for the small number of them that remain. Pontiac offered the G8 GT in 2009, but how does it compare to the earlier version? Both the 1967 and the 2009 are sedan-style vehicles. Both of them handle very well on the roads too – a bonus over many of the early muscle cars, although those that have come out in recent years are handling extremely well.

The body style of the 2009 version is very appealing. Thanks to technology, there seems to be that classy bold muscle car essence to it. If you compare it to the 1967 model, though, you will notice several similarities. For example, the front end of the vehicle looks very old style and that gives it a look that varies from the newer muscle cars out there. You will also notice that the hood vents are quite similar.

The 1967 Pontiac GTO was offered as a 2-door model only. It was offered as a hard top, a convertible or a coupe. The 2009 G8 GT is offered only as a 4-door sedan. In 1967 when the GTO came out, it was considered one of the fastest muscle cars on the market. Many consumers decided to buy the rally sport package. The 2009 model is only offered as a V6 and that makes it slower than some of the other models of muscle cars that have been released in recent years.

Overall, though, there is no denying that Pontiac has done a terrific job in terms of overall design. This statement pertains to both years. While many consumers have their preference between the two, both the 1967 Pontiac GTO and the 2009 model continue to enjoy a high demand.

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The 1968 Pontiac GTO Faces Down the Muscle Car Competition

If you told another car lover that you had bought a classic muscle car and the model was a Gran Turismo Omologato, they might not respond. But if you went by the popular name and said that you had bought a classic Pontiac GTO muscle car, you would have to stand back from the excitement that would be generated. In many ways, during what has been called the muscle car era of the 1950s and 1960s, the Pontiac GTO was the very best that Pontiac had to offer. From the song “Little GTO” to the street reputation of this powerful car, the Pontiac GTO was the kind of vehicle that faced down the muscle car competition, and more often than not, it won.

It may not need to be noted that at the heart of the Plymouth GTO was a phenomenal amount of power under the hood. The engine of the Plymouth GTO could produce an impressive 389 horsepower of acceleration backed up by a triple carburetor, Tri-Power V8 powerhouse. That kind of power makes it possible for the GTO to “turn it on, wind it up and blow it out” as the song by Ronnie and the Daytonas describes.

Of course, competition for domination of the muscle car market was intense, but the Pontiac GTO was a formidable force to go up against. Ford, Chevy and Chrysler all put outstanding muscle cars on the market that all followed the pattern of small body cars with a huge amount of power under the hood. By the time the battle for the hearts and souls of muscle car lovers was conquered by the 1968 Pontiac GTO over its competition, the supremacy of full-sized performance vehicles in the muscle car world was in trouble. It was, in many ways, the changing of the guard.

To add to the one-two punch the 1968 Pontiac GTO had in the muscle car market, the designers made sure that this potent little powerhouse looked great as well. While Pontiac put out some great-looking models of the GTO in previous years, the look and feel of the 1968 Pontiac GTO was much more styled and “sexy.” The rear window was refined with a flush look and the GTO came with hidden headlights that were horizontally set, combined with a bumper that was wraparound. Pontiac kept its signature split grill on the 1968 GTO model.

The striking look of the 1968 Pontiac GTO, combined with the powerful sound of an engine bursting to explode, made this muscle car one that drew the attention of anyone nearby when it rolled by on the street or took to the race track. It was a tremendously popular muscle car in its day. And while the GTO muscle car went the way of all muscle cars as the markets changed and the demand for fuel efficiency reduced the ability to equip a street car with so much power, the demand for collector 1968 Pontiac GTOs has stayed steady over the years.

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