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In 1964, Pontiac signaled the start of the muscle car era with the release of the GTO. Launched initially as a factory option for the Pontiac Tempest Le Mans, the GTO was a substantial upgrade over the base model. The performance package included stiffer suspension with revalved shock absorbers, dual exhaust system, special 14" wheels with 6" wide rims, and a heavy-duty clutch and pressure plate. The GTO proved an overwhelming success. Strong demand culminated in the car evolving by 1966 into a stand-alone model, which continued production until 1974.
According to the original Pontiac car order form, this GTO Convertible was built on June 18, 1964, in Fremont, California. Equipped with many desirable options from new, such as the L71 389 Tri-Power engine, a four-speed manual gearbox, wood steering wheel, and tachometer, this GTO was finished in very attractive Nocturne Blue paint with black interior, as presented today. At the time of cataloguing, this Pontiac showed only 35,504 miles, which are believed by the consignor to be original.
This highly documented and optioned Pontiac has been meticulously maintained and serviced and presents today as a striking example of the first-year GTO. Now available for a new enthusiast, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an alluring example of this fabled model.