In the early '60s, Pontiac's marketing team decided to answer GM's self-imposed ban on racing by emphasizing heavily on street performance. At the time, Pontiac's Chief marketing manager revealed that the GTO involved transforming your average Pontiac Tempest into a sports car with a lot more power to appeal to clients with a need for speed. The first-generation GTO is credited for putting muscle cars on the map, and in 1968, the GTO was selected as the Motor Trend Car Of The Year for 1968. This 1965 GTO coupe resides in Texas and is up for sale with less than 2000 miles on its recently redone motor.
The '65 model was restyled, adding around 3 inches to the car's length and about 45kg to the overall weight. Pontiac retained its iconic vertically-stacked headlights that sat at the edge of the split grille. The restyled model, such as our subject car, also got a simulated hood scoop. This specific example was repainted white with new brakes that have recently been installed, along with a set of tires with just 4000 miles on them. The black leather interior looks to be well kept, with the dash panel boasting wooden and chrome accents, classic traits of a vintage muscle car. The interior also has a Vintage A/C unit and a CD player with FM/AM radio.
Pontiac revised its 389ci engine, giving it new cylinder heads with re-cored intake passages and high rise intake manifolds, which improved airflow to the engine. This recently redone motor is a 6.4L V8 with an electric exhaust switch and a heavy-duty radiator and fans for maximized cooling. As standard, it produces 335hp at 5000rpm via a 4-speed standard manual Hurst shifter.