Pontiac 1965 GTO | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine

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Pontiac 1965 GTO | Review, price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Now, Pontiac is a well known brand name in automobiles that is produced by General Motors and sold in United States and Canada. Pontiac is a mid level marque that features a more sporty look and better performance at an affordable price. The Pontiac GTO is a muscle car that was introduced in the year 1964. The Pontiac GTO is a full sized car that is a bit heavy in weight. Pontiac outfitted a 389 cubic inch engine into their mid size Tempest range of cars, and called it GTO. The name GTO has been derived from the Ferrari vehicles and means Gran Turismo Omolgato. The GTO is power-packed with the V8 engine and special hydraulic lifters. The Pontiac GTO is also outfitted with premium tires, a dual exhaust, and a heavy duty clutch for trouble-free driving. This super sleek car also comes with a manual three and four-speed transmission with a Hurst Shifter. The Pontiac GTO is equipped with improved suspension, dual hood scoops, GTO emblems, and bucket seats that offer comfort while driving. The GTO is available in both convertible and coupe body styles. Pontiac GTO has a seating capacity of five and is a rear-wheel drive type. The Pontiac GTO is equipped with an engine that offers 365.00 break horse power. Approximately, 32,500 Pontiac GTOs were sold during the first year itself, when the GTOs were introduced. Some other Pontiac models are the Bonneville, Catalina, Grand Prix, and the 1964 Tempest GTO.

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Possibly the only American car to start the craze muscle, or the Goat 1965 Pontiac Tempest GTO option options featured racing car inspiration that remained long after he was driven off at speed and power. From 0-60 in 6.1 seconds was not spent, but not impressive considering the next 10 years of muscle cars. Regardless, this muscle car has the chops to make this list just starting the phenomenon that turned the car enthusiasts to weekend warriors under the hood.

The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac engineer Russell Gee, an engine specialist, and Pontiac chief engineer John De Lorean. Shane Wiser was the first to think of the idea of the GTO. In early 1963, General Motors management issued an edict banning divisions from involvement in auto racing. At the time, Pontiac’s advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance, and racing was an important component of that strategy. Jim Wangers proposed a way to retain the performance image that the division had cultivated with a new focus on street performance. It involved transforming the upcoming redesigned Tempest (which was set to revert to a conventional front-engine, front transmission, rear wheel drive configuration) into a “Super Tempest” with the larger 389 in³ (6.5 L) Pontiac V8 engine from the full sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in place of the standard 326 in³ (5.3 L) Tempest V8. By promoting the big engine Tempest as a special high performance model, they could appeal to the speed minded youth market (which had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company’s Lee Iacocca, who was at that time preparing the Ford Mustang).

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Pontiac 1965 GTO Price :
The first Pontiac GTO was an option package for the Pontiac LeMans, available with the two door sedan, hardtop coupe, and convertible body styles. For US$ 296, it included the 389 in³ V8 (rated at 325 hp (242 kW) at 4800 rpm) with a single Carter AFB four barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, chromed valve covers and air cleaner, 7 blade clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar, wider wheels with 7.50 x 14 redline tires, hood scoops, and GTO badges. Optional equipment included a four-speed manual transmission, two-speed automatic transmission, a more powerful “Tri-Power” carburation rated at 348 hp (260 kW), metallic drum brake linings, limited slip differential, heavy duty cooling, ride and handling package, and the usual array of power and convenience accessories. With every available option, the GTO cost about US$ 4,500 and weighed around 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg).

The Tempest line, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inches (79 mm) to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It sported Pontiac’s characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight increased about 100 pounds (45 kg). Brake lining area increased nearly 15%. Heavy-duty shocks were standard, as was a front antisway bar. The dashboard design was improved, and an optional rally gauge cluster ($86.08) added a more legible tachometer and oil pressure gauge.

Car Life tested a 1965 GTO with Tri-Power and what they considered the most desirable options (close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, power steering, metallic brakes, rally wheels, 4.11 limited-slip differential, and Rally Gauge Cluster), with a total sticker price of US$3,643.79. With two testers and equipment aboard, they recorded 0–60 miles per hour (0–97 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, the standing quarter mile in 14.5 seconds with a trap speed of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), and an observed top speed of 114 miles per hour (182.4 km/h) at the engine’s 6,000 rpm redline. A four-barrel Motor Trend test car, a heavier convertible handicapped by the two-speed automatic transmission and the lack of a limited slip differential, ran 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.1 seconds at 89 miles per hour (142.4 km/h).

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Pontiac 1965 GTO Interior and Exterior :
The Tempest line, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It sported Pontiac’s characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight increased about 100 pounds (45 kg). Brake lining area increased nearly 15%. The dashboard design was improved, and an optional rally gauge cluster added a more legible tachometer and oil pressure gauge.

The 389 engine had revised cylinder heads with re cored intake passages, improving breathing. Rated power increased to 335 hp (250 kW) @ 5,000 rpm for the base 4 barrel engine; the Tri Power was rated 360 hp ((268 kW) @ 5,200 rpm. The Tri-Power engine had slightly less torque than the base engine, 424 ft·lbf (574 N·m) @ 3,600 rpm versus 431 ft·lbf (584 N·m) @ 3,200 rpm. Transmission and axle ratio choices remained the same. Major criticisms of the GTO continued to center on its slow steering (ratio of 17.5:1, four turns lock to lock) and mediocre brakes. Car Life was satisfied with the metallic brakes on its GTO, but Motor Trend and Road Test found the four wheel drum brakes with organic linings to be alarmingly inadequate in high speed driving.

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Pontiac 1965 GTO Engine :
Car Life tested a 1965 GTO with Tri Power and what they considered the most desirable options (close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, power steering, metallic brakes, rally wheels, 4.11 limited-slip differential, and Rally Gauge Cluster), with a total sticker price of US$3,643.79. With two testers and equipment aboard, they recorded 0-60 miles per hour (0-97 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, the standing quarter mile in 14.5 seconds with a trap speed of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), and an observed top speed of 114 miles per hour (182.4 km/h) at the engine’s 6,000 rpm redline. Even Motor Trend’s four-barrel test car, a heavier convertible handicapped by the two-speed automatic transmission and the lack of a limited slip differential, ran 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.1 seconds at 89 miles per hour (142.4 km/h). Sales of the GTO, abetted by a formidable marketing and promotional campaign that included songs and various merchandise, more than doubled to 75,342. It was already spawning many imitators, both within other GM divisions and its competitors.

Engine choices remained the same as the previous year. A new rare engine option was offered : the XS engine option consisted of a factory Ram Air set up with a new 744 high lift cam. Approximately 35 factory installed Ram Air packages are believed to have been built, though 300 dealership installed Ram Air packages are estimated to have been ordered. On paper, the package was said to produce the same 360 hp (270 kW) as the non-Ram Air, Tri Power car, though these figures are believed to have been grossly underestimated in order to get past GM mandates. Source: en.wikipedia.org, autocarrelease.com.

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