The first generation of the Pontiac GTO, produced from 1964 to 1967, is considered the pioneer of the American muscle car era. It was a high-performance variant of the Pontiac Tempest and is widely regarded as one of the first true muscle cars.

Introduced in 1964, the GTO was available as an option package on the Pontiac Tempest LeMans. It featured a powerful 389 cubic-inch V8 engine as standard, with an output of up to 348 horsepower. This engine was paired with a floor-shifted 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission, or an optional 2-speed automatic.

The GTO’s performance, aggressive styling, and accessibility to the general public made it an instant success, capturing the imagination of car enthusiasts and igniting the muscle car craze of the 1960s.

Key design elements included a hood scoop, a split grille, and distinctive GTO badging. The “GTO” moniker, derived from the Italian Gran Turismo Omologato, was initially an option package but quickly became its own standalone model due to its popularity.

In 1965, the GTO received minor styling updates, including stacked headlights and a restyled grille.

The GTO continued to be a dominant force on the street and the dragstrip throughout its first generation, receiving several engine upgrades.

The first-gen GTO established itself as a true muscle car icon, setting the standard for the performance-oriented cars that followed. Its enduring popularity has solidified its position as one of the most coveted and celebrated classics among muscle car enthusiasts and collectors.

Presenting here is a beautifully frame off restored, award winning and thoroughly authenticated Pontiac GTO.

Firstly, a brief history of this example and how it arrived in South Australia.

It’s matching number credentials are confirmed by the Pontiac Historic Services (PHS).

Vin # 237375K119284 was built and assembled in the Pontiac Division of General Motors Kansas City, Missouri plant in February 1965.

Delivered new to it’s first owner by Duluth Motors Inc. of Duluth Minnesota.

Frame off restoration started late in 2002 by a Tom Hansen of Wisconsin and completed in in 2008.

Sold to the next owner of Amarillo Texas in 2009.

Sold to it’s present South Australian owner in 2011.

Powered by a 6.3 Litre (389ci) V8 engine, it produced when new 250Kw and 584Nm of power and torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a two speed automatic transmission. Performance figures at the time suggest 0-100kph in 6.0 secs and a top speed near 205kph.

As part of the major rebuild of this car, it now features an M22 Rock Crusher Muncie 4 speed manual gearbox.

It is also wearing a new set of original style red wall Firestone tyres, as fitted ex factory.

Underside of the car is just as good as the top.

As part of the large folder of documentation that has been supplied by the owner, we hold the following:-

* 1965 Style Owner’s Protection Plan folder
* 1965 Owner’s Guide for Pontiac and Tempest
* Pontiac Historic Services report
* Copy of original Pontiac build sheet with all the options fitted at production
* Original Parts and Accessories Brochure
* Original workshop manual
* US Certificate of Title (very handy if this car was sent back to the US)
* Australian Import Approval document dated 22nd of march 2011
* A small photo album showing progress in the 2008 restoration prior to coming to Australia

Currently Historically registered in South Australia, this cannot be transferred, however this vehicle would be eligible for similar schemes in other jurisdictions, which equates to minimal on road costs.

A magnificent example of a US muscle car and bound to turns eyes when on the road. Ideal for classic events, tours, cruises and show and shines.

Plates on the car may be available, if sold in South Australia.

Available to admire on our state of the art showroom floor in Adelaide.

We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide.

Finance – our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.

We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.

Model:GTO Coupe
KM:61,213 Miles
Engine Size:6300cc

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