GTO: Pontiac's Great One

Hardcover | May 17, 2009

byDarwin Holmstrom, David Newhardt

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In 1963 Pontiac''s Chief Engineer John DeLorean and his two favorite staff engineers, Bill Collins and Russ Gee, came up with an inspired way to keep Pontiac cars in the performance limelight: bolt a big engine into Pontiac''s upcoming Tempest intermediate body. Thus was the GTO born. Through cunning, resourcefulness, and outright trickery the minds of Pontiac managed to get this rocket into dealerships and out onto America''s highways, and to introduce that most iconic of American automobiles, the muscle car, to the nation’s most discriminating drivers.

This is the story of the GTO, of the people who made it a reality and a sales sensation, of those who owned and loved the cars. And it is, above all, a story of the cars themselves, from the initial option package offered for the 1964 model year through the high-performance late-model standouts. With color photographs, drawings, and detailed stats, this book is not so much the story of a historic car as an illustrated biography of American muscle.

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In 1963 Pontiac's Chief Engineer John DeLorean and his two favorite staff engineers, Bill Collins and Russ Gee, came up with an inspired way to keep Pontiac cars in the performance limelight: bolt a big engine into Pontiac's upcoming Tempest intermediate body. Thus was the GTO born. Through cunning, resourcefulness, and outright trickery the minds of Pontiac managed to get this rocket into deale...

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What do you do when you’ve created an overwhelmingly successful new genre of automobile?  If you’re General Motors and Pontiac, you bungle it of course!   Riding high on the success of their new GTO, the overlords at GM did everything in their power to sabotage their hot-selling new muscle car. And the car succeeded, in the showroom and on the racetrack, in spite of their best efforts to kill it. ...

Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over thirty books on subjects ranging from motorcycles and muscle cars to Gibson Les Paul guitars, including Indian Motorcycles, GTO: Fifty Years, Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcyclying,Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade, BMW Motorcycles, The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mot...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 12 × 10.5 × 1.5 inPublished:May 17, 2009Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:076033515X

ISBN - 13:9780760335154

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