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.

Production Figures

 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