Saturday, May 10, 2014

Berkeley Street Sighting - 1965 Pontiac GTO

In my humble opinion, one of the most attractively styled American cars of the 1960s was the '65 Pontiac GTO. Simple, clean lines give the GTO a classic elegance while maintaining a brawny muscle car appearance. Pontiac had one of the coolest sporty cars on the market that year, stuffing a 389 cubic inch V8 and optional four-speed into the humble Tempest body. The GTO package replaced the base Tempest eggcrate grille with a simpler design from the Le Mans, dispensed with non-functional vents and body trim (except for a fake hood scoop, which could be modified into a cold-air intake by dealers) and received heavier duty suspension, brakes and a new dash with more instrumentation. GTOs also got special badging.

This one looks resplendent in Fontaine Blue Metallic with black vinyl top and Pontiac Rally II wheels on redline tires. These wheels are not correct for a '65 GTO, as they were first introduced for 1967, but they look great. The matching blue interior is a nice touch we just don't see on cars anymore. I love all of it.

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