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Despite General Motors’ self-imposed high-performance ban during the 1960s, Pontiac quietly began to transition from scenic California nomenclature like Ventura and Catalina towards race-inspired names like Bonneville and Grand Prix. The Tempest model, introduced in 1961, offered the most suitable mid-size platform for this growth, and Pontiac executives Pete Estes and John DeLorean joined forces with marketer Jim Wangers to champion a new subdivision of the model.
Based on the Tempest Le Mans, the GTO option debuted in 1964, featuring a high-performance 389 cid motor and numerous trim upgrades. Two years later, with sales skyrocketing, the Tempest GTO became its own discreet model, featuring heavy-duty transmission and shocks, stabilizer bars, dual exhausts, and interior amenities like front bucket seats and wood-grain dash inserts.
In 1967, the final year of the first-generation body style, GTOs were standard equipped with a newly enlarged 400 cid engine and Hurst shifter. Approximately 9,500 examples were bodied as convertibles that year, accounting for just under 12% of total GTO production. This handsome example wears a striking color scheme of blue paint with a white interior and offers an ideal introduction to Pontiac’s definitive muscle car. It is a fine example of a model designed for powerful cruising excursions and showcases the fantastic mid-1960s Pontiac styling prowess.