1967 Pontiac GTO
Most automotive enthusiasts would agree, the 1967 Pontiac GTO is possibly one of the most famous muscle cars ever built and it may just be worthy of the title, “best old school muscle car” ever. Ask any true automotive historian which classic muscle car is tops and there is little doubt the Pontiac GTO will come up somewhere in the discussion.
Iconic Muscle Car
The typical definition of a Muscle Car is one that has 2 doors, a V8 engine, a performance transmission, a cool look and impressive acceleration. A few famous examples are the 1969 Camaro, the 1970 Dodge Challenger and the early Shelby GT Mustang. However, what better example could there possibly be other than the 1967 Pontiac GTO?
1967 Pontiac GTO Interior
The interior was utilitarian and no-nonsense, however, one complaint we had was vinyl was used to simulate wood on the dash. It looked good for a short time but soon began to peel and appear worn especially in the convertible models where the sun would play havoc with the vinyl. The radio availability was cool with an available stereo 8-track player that was mounted under the dash beneath the radio. The steering wheel was redesigned as well. The standard wheel had the horn buttons on the spokes. and was smaller in diameter than the 1966 steering wheel.
John DeLorean’s Masterpiece
* 9,500 Convertibles
* 7,000 Sports Coupes
(Numbers are approximate)
1967 Pontiac GTO Engine and Powertrain
For 1967 the focus for improvement was centered toward performance. The 389 that was used heavily in earlier models now began being replaced by the 400 which had better acceleration response and was far more reliable, and it came with two (2) options: Economy and High Output. The economy package had a two (2) barrel carburetor that limited performance to about 265 horsepower. The High Output had a four (4) barrel carburetor and kicked the power up to about 360 horsepower. Along with the Hurst floor shifters used on the manual transmissions, there was also a Hurst Dual Gate shifter that allowed the driver to manually shift through the gears on GTOs equipped with the new 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission. The Turbo Hydramatic replaced the two-speed Powerglide automatic.The car was clocked accelerating from 0-60 in about 7.5 seconds. It was so impressive for the time period that Motor Trend released this statement:
“They’re housebroken Tigers, but they can revert to the jungle whenever you give the word” (Motor Trend January 1967 Highlights).