1966 Pontiac GTO Tri-PowerThe GTO: Perhaps the most significant automobile that was never supposed to be. Among the more interesting details in the GTO’s defining history is that the car slipped through the cracks in a corporate edict that performance cars were strictly off the menu.
Nevertheless, as sales began to list it became clear that Pontiac%u2019s salvation may come in the form of a product oriented toward the growing market of younger buyers. By 1962 Pontiac proceeded with the experiment with the desired results: increased sales. Hurst shifters began to appear on floor mounted manual transmissions and larger more powerful engines began to find their way into many other GM models.
Spearheading this radical effort was the then Pontiac chief engineer John Z. DeLorean who insisted that performance and styling would sell cars. DeLorean designed the GTO but Pontiac General Manager Elliot “Pete” Estes is credited with pushing the idea through the politics at GM. Regardless, the birth of the GTO represents the true beginning of the Muscle Car era--a movement which still enjoys tremendous popularity.
Wildly popular upon its introduction, the GTO was hailed as an instant classic, and to this day, the GTO remains near the top of the chart as among the most sought after and collectable cars of all time.
This exceptionally rotisserie restored Montero Red on Black interior 1966 Pontiac GTO Tri-power coupe features: WS code 389cid 360hp Tri-Power engine, 4-speed manual transmission, power steering, bucket seats, center console, 400 miles since restoration, PHS documentation and restoration pictorial, private collector owned since completion in 2005.
For enthusiasts looking to acquire their first high level GTO, or collectors seeking to expand their portfolio with an example that can be driven to the green rather than being hauled%u2014this well done GTO is an ideal solution!