The ingenious bunch from Pontiac simply went around corporate orders and made the GTO an optional package for the Tempest, with a big 389 cubic-inch V8 (6.4 liters) engine as the main course. The public adored it, and sales took DeLorean’s side – so GM had to admit a tactical defeat.
But the corporation wouldn’t take back its words about the racing write-off, so it still pulled the reins on Pontiac piston enthusiasm. It did, however, loosen the grip a bit, giving the hot-headed boys under DeLorean’s command the 400-cubic-inch (6.6 liters) overall engine limit. But it also took away the multiple carburation to scratch the tire-burning itch from the right foot sole of the dragstrip-longing wrench turners.
The first generation debuted in 1966 and lasted one more year, with no major visible changes for the 1967 model. I mean, no visible changes for a 50-50 car (seen from 50 feet away while doing 50 mph. From a metric perspective, this eyeball yardstick sounds less poetic – 15 meters and 80 kph, so let’s stick to U.S. imperial standard this time).
The big improvement was under the hood – the GTO received a pampered new V8 with precisely 400 cubes to make go-fast power. The standard engine was an over-bored 389 fitted with a single four-barrel carburetor (remember the multiple carburation ban from yesteryear that took away the TriPower).
We are looking at a 1967 Pontiac GTO that’s been in the same family since 1966, and this is not a typo nor a secretive DeLorean time-taming contraption. The story is oozing gearhead perfume and gasoline fumes from every pore, and it’s a perfect example of piston devotion that could be taught in schools.
In December 1966, a Pontiac GTO fan – the father of the man we see in the video – bought a new car. By then, it was already his third GTO – the gentleman’s house was across the street from a Pontiac dealership, and he had owned a ’64 and ’65 until then.
Being a Chicago, Illinois, resident was not the best possible scenario for Terry and his 1966-bought ’67 GTO, so in 2006, a meticulous restoration was finished. To say that the renovation was an outstanding job would be the understatement of the century – the GTO looks as great as it did on that December day in 1966 when the Weiner boys went to take it out of the dealership for its first drive.
A Pontiac know-it-all, Terry has taken all precautions to see that his precious heirloom GOAT gets an impeccable rejuvenation from the ground up. The wheels and hood tach are not true to the original build sheet, but they were installed at the dealership after the car was purchased, so no harm was done.
Granted, the four-speed manual was the heart-pumping option, but old man Weiner decided the hassle-free auto would be a wiser choice. He was probably right, given that this car brings back memories to some viewers.
You know, the ‘100+ mph back road tales’ type of stories and one confession even states a 135 mph top-end performance. That’s 217 kph in a car that offered disc brakes as an option for the front wheels. The standard drums –featured ’67 GTO is also equipped with – weren’t particularly encouraging, especially in an emergency stop.
The GTOs were ridden hard and fast, so out of the 81,722 units (65,176 hardtops, like this gold example), not too many are left intact in 2023. One in mint condition like this is undoubtedly a rare treat that usually gets the trailer and car show queen titles and is seldom driven out in the open.