Pontiac Ventura GTO
Although the early 1970s were dark times for the American performance car, Pontiac redoubled its efforts with the European-inspired Grand Am, the SD-455 Trans Am and the continued availability of the GTO. An option package on the compact Ventura, the 1974 GTO demands consideration today for its rarity, genuine Pontiac power and many performance features.
The WW3 Ventura GTO option offered a Pontiac-built L76 350-cubic inch engine with 200 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. Other performance features included dual exhaust with chrome “splitter” tips and a functional Trans Am-style “shaker” hood scoop. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, with a four-speed manual or a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic optional. Underpinnings included the F41 Special Performance Suspension with firmer shocks, front and rear sway bars and Rally II wheels.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
350 cu. in. Pontiac V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and stabilizer bar, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 111.1".
Source: RM Auctions
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