The Pontiac GTO: 50 Years Later

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Pontiac GTO.  Since '64, the gorgeously-designed muscle car has been a cult classic for those tired of the standard Mustang, Corvette or Camaro routine.  Fifty years and four generations later, the Pontiac brand itself has been phased out, along with the GTO. While we may never see a Pontiac dealership again,we can still take a look back at how the classic GTO performed, and how a new concept would stack up. '64 GTO

The Pontiac GTO: 50 Years Later

Specs Body Type: two-door coupe Engine: Small block 6.5L V8 Horsepower: 325 Transmission: four-speed manual The classic.  The original.  The '64 Pontiac GTO.  Introduced as an option package for the Pontiac Tempest, the GTO is still known to many as the first true muscle car.  Fueled by the GTO, muscle car competition between the Detroit Three hit its heyday throughout the late '60s and early '70s, and it very much continues to this day. After a slow start, the GTO grew into more of a cult classic than anything.  With GM's small block V8, the GTO was good for 325 ponies, and it had a respectable 0-60mph time of 6.6 seconds. Back in its day, that was definitely a solid run considering its GM sibling, the Corvette,  had about a six second time. '14 GTO Digital Concept

The Pontiac GTO: 50 Years Later

Possible Specs Body Type: two-door coupe Engine: Supercharged 6.2L V8 Horsepower: 600 Transmission: six-speed manual Just imagine this Pontiac hitting the streets. Taking cues from the classic GTO, the front end comes with the double-open squared grille and a pointy hood, but that's where the similarities come to an end. The body looks like something out of a video game, with sexy and muscular lines surrounding simple chrome wheels. This new GTO wouldn't just be a drag racer either. The mid-mounted V8 and RWD layout give the concept a true racing foundation, but it keeps the muscle car spirit alive with a six-speed manual mounted to one of Chevy's classic V8's. With 600 hp under the hood, the GTO concept would be estimated to run a quick three seconds to 60 mph. Fifty years and five generations later, the GTO solidly holds its place in history books as a classic. Unfortunately, with no real plans from GM on bringing back the GTO or Pontiac, all we can do now is dream from afar. Sigh. See more of Iacoski Design here and on Facebook

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