history
History
What can you say about the GreaT One? Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean and ad agency executive Jim Wangers almost single handedly started the musclecar craze. They took an intermediate car and blessed it with a big (389ci) V-8. Aside from brakes (!) the car had all the performance goodies.

In a year or two every car company had followed suit, but no offering matched the combination of the style, performance, and mystique of the GTO.

In its relatively short (11 model year) lifespan, the GTO managed to change its shape almost every model year. As a result, there's a GTO for all tastes.

As for those three letters, GTO stands literally for (in Italian) Gran Turismo Omologato or Homologated Grand Touring. It was a reference to a European racing class based on production vehicles. At the time Pontiac had a trend of naming their vehicles in this manner: Bonneville, Grand Prix, and LeMans were all from that era.
assessment
Production
Year Coupe Hardtop Convertible Total
1964 7,384 18,422 6,644 32,450
1965 8,319 55,722 11,311 75,352
1966 10,363 73,785 12,798 96,946
1967 7,029 65,176 9,517 81,722
1968 0 77,704 9,980 87,684
1969 0 64,851 7,436 72,287
1970 0 36,366 3,783 40,149
1971 0 9,854 678 10,532
1972 134 5,673 0 5,807

Year Coupe Sport Coupe Total
1973 494 4,312 4,806

Year Coupe Hatchback Total
1974 5,335 1,723 7,058
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