I grew up with a number of GTO models. The tri power cars are still my favorite with mechanical linkage. The sound and feel of these we're special.
The GM engineers understood Pontiac and it is a shame the management of GM and the pettiness of Chevy destroyed Pontiac.
If you spent time in these you would understand why a later GTP or SSEI while good cars were not real Pontiacs and just better Chevys.
The entire V-program is what should have been Pontiac. CTS-V with the LS6, manual trans, that was as foreign to Caddy as the Escalade, but they did it anyway.
Look at how hard they downplayed the GTO, G8 and later the SS. Once it became clear Cadillac was the upscale performance brand, Pontiac had no hope and the SS was simply an afterthought of the defunct G8.
you don’t have to believe me about the performance hierarchy, but it is true. I once asked a truck engineer why no reg-cab, short-bed, 5.3 Colorado/Canyons? He said oh well, CAFE and take rate.
I asked-too much pressure on the new Camaro?
he said yes.
Remember the b-body Impala SS? LT1, but due to “packaging” only 260 HP. It had WAY better packaging than the Camaro or Corvette. Can’t have a full-sized luxury performance car with more power than the front-drive North Star Caddy.
that is the way it is at GM.
Prior to the SUV tsunami, the model for GM to follow was right there for all to see, but they just couldn’t execute it. It’s Corolla/Camry/Civic/Accord. Toyota and Honda will still be making those models after GM’s next bailout.
Hey ThumperUSMC, I feel your loss as I too had a '68 GTO. You mentioned you saved your shifter handle, do you by any chance have a picture of it? I have a couple of handles laying around from mine but I can't remember which one was the original. Thanks for your time.
I once owned a 1965 GTO with a 4 speed. I loved that car. I had it from 18 years old to 21. I got married to a woman that had a child so it was instant family. That was 1969 and I still am married to her. She is the best thing to ever have happened to me. But I do miss that GTO. I traded it to my Dad for a 1966 Chevy Biscayne with a six and powerslide. Talk about culture shock that is it.