By 1966, GTO was no longer an option package on the Tempest Le Mans; the model had grown into its own series. Buyers loved the all-new styling which had evolved from straight lines into a curvier Coke-bottle shape, especially when viewed from the side perspective. The now-familiar signature Pontiac front end featured a combination of split grille, stacked headlights and a bow-tie shape. GTO sales would be at an all-time high with 10,363 Coupes, 73,785 Hardtop Coupes and 12,798 Convertibles as part of the mix for the year.
The ubiquitous but formidable Tri-Power 389 cu. in. V8 remained available early in 1966 and still rated at 360 hp, but Pontiac would pull the option off the list of those available before the end of the year. The list of other options would continue to grow as GTO marketing shifted from not only performance, but also to comfort and convenience. This highly-optioned example is a perfect mix of both.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
360 bhp, 389 cu. in. V8 engine, “Tri-Power” three two-barrel carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"
Source: RM Auctions; Mecum Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel