In January of 1963, the brass at General Motors issued a company-wide ban against producing high-performance "racing" cars. In hindsight, it was probably a good thing for car buffs that some bold thinkers in the company refused to listen. Only a year after that ban, GM unveiled what is often considered the first true American muscle car: the GTO. The car was actually an addition to the already successful Tempest/LeMans lineup, which had debuted three years earlier, but with 389 cubic inches stuffed into a midsize A-body car, the GTO was a whole new animal. It was a fast, no-frills head-turner that fostered a generation of imitators and challengers. In Standard Catalog of GTO, noted author John Gunnell chronicles the development of GTO and all its siblings and offspring in the Pontiac Tempest/LeMans lineup. Packed with history, production information, ID data, pricing, and beautiful photography, plus a look ahead at the spectacular 2004 GTO, Standard Catalog of GTO is a bumper-to-bumper biography of a great American automobile.
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