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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 valved shock absorbers, dual exhaust system, special 14" wheels with 6-inch-wide rims, and a heavy-duty clutch and pressure plate, among other changes. The GTO proved an overwhelming success. Continued strong demand culminated in the car evolving by 1966 into a standalone model, which continued production until 1974.
According to the included copy of Pontiac’s car order form, this GTO Convertible was built on June 18, 1964 in Fremont, California. Equipped with desirable options from new such as the L71 389 Tri-Power engine and a four-speed manual gearbox, this GTO was finished in very attractive Nocturne Blue paint with black interior. This Pontiac showed only 35,504 miles at the time of cataloguing, which are believed by the consignor to be original.
This Pontiac has been meticulously maintained in its current ownership and routinely serviced by Denver-based restoration shop, C-4 Hot Rods. Benefiting from an older re-spray in the original color and sitting on period-correct redline tires, this vehicle presents as a very striking example of a desirable first-year GTO.