1971 GTO & 1971 GTO Judge

1971 GTO & 1971 GTO Judge

The 1971 GTO took on the 1970 body style but with differences to the hood and front-end. The Endura front-end was restyled with bumperettes under the headlamps and mesh grilles that came out to the forward edge of the grille openings. The hood was restyled with large twin hoodscoops at the leading edge of the hood. The front valance, parking lights, and front side marker lights were also different from the 1970 model. The hood-mounted tachometer remained as an available option. New honeycomb wheels were a $63 option and the Rally II wheels were still available.

With regulations aimed at removing lead from gasoline, engine compression ratios were dropped, which of course resulted in decreased horsepower. The base engine for the 1971 GTO was a four-barrel carbureted 400 rated at 300 hp. A four barrel carbureted 455 with 325 hp was an option. With the Ram Air 400 gone for 1971, Pontiac created a new four barrel carbureted 455 HO that was rated at 335 hp as the top engine option. Along with the fading horsepower, the engine appearance had also lost some of its excitement. The valve covers were now painted the engine blue instead of being chrome as in the past years and the air cleaner tops were black instead of chrome.

The Judge option was available in 1971, however, this would be the last year. The Judge again had functional Ram Air hoodscoops, a rear-deck spoiler, stripes, and “The Judge” decals.

All 1971 GTO Judges were powered by the 455 HO engine. This engine ID was marked in the narrow sides of the rear deck spoiler.

1971 GTO Production Numbers:

9,497  Hardtops

661 Convertibles

357 Judge Hardtops

17 Judge Convertibles

Total Production: 10,532

1971 GTO Hardtop

1971 GTO Hardtop

1971 GTO Judge Hardtop

1971 GTO Judge Hardtop

1971 GTO Convertible

1971 GTO Convertible (Photo courtesy scenicreflections.com)

 

1971 GTO Judge Convertible

1971 GTO Judge Convertible (Photo courtesy examiner.com)

1970 GTO & 1970 GTO Judge

1970 GTO & 1970 GTO Judge

For the 1970 model year the GTO took on a whole new look. Styling changes included a total Endura nosepiece with split oval grilles and dual headlamp housings (this new design eliminated the optional hide-away headlamps), creased body sides, a different rear-bumper and taillamps, and exhaust pipes that exited through a valance panel under the rear bumper. The hood-mounted tachometer and the Rally II wheels remained as available options.

The base engine for the 1970 GTO was a four-barrel carbureted 400 rated at 350 hp. Other available engines were the 400 cubic inch Ram Air III and 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV. The Ram Air III was rated at 366 hp and the Ram Air IV was rated at 370 hp. With GM finally lifting the 400 cubic inch corporate engine limit for the intermediate-size cars, new to the 1970 GTO option list was a 455 cubic inch engine rated at 360 hp.

The Judge option was once again available with functional Ram Air hoodscoops, a rear-deck spoiler, stripes, and “The Judge” decals.

The standard engine for The Judge was the 400 cubic inch Ram Air III while the 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV engine was an option. The functional hoodscoops were labeled with “Ram Air” decals for the Ram Air III cars and “Ram Air IV” decals for the Ram Air IV cars. Late in the model year, the 455 was made available in the Judge.

1970 GTO Production Numbers:

32,737  Hardtops

3,629 Convertibles

3,615 Judge Hardtops

168 Judge Convertibles

Total Production: 40,149

1970 GTO Hardtop

1970 GTO Hardtop

1970 GTO Convertible

1970 GTO Convertible

 

1970 GTO Judge Hardtop

1970 GTO Judge Hardtop

1970 GTO Judge Convertible (Photo courtesy cars-on-line.com)

1970 GTO Judge Convertible (Photo courtesy cars-on-line.com)

1969 GTO & 1969 GTO Judge

1969 GTO & 1969 GTO Judge

Locked into a two-year styling cycle, the appearance of the 1969 GTO was very similar to the look of the 1968 GTO. The most obvious exterior differences were with the grille, the parking lights, the taillamps, and the front and rear marker lights. The vent windows, the Pontiac crest on top of the Endura bumper nose, the “GTO” tape letters on the rear quarter panels, and the famous 6.5 Litre GTO emblem were all dropped in 1969. Interior differences included a different dash and different door panels. The hide-away headlamps, the hood-mounted tachometer, and the Rally II wheels remained as available options. The Rally I wheels were dropped from the option list in 1969.

The available engines for the 1969 GTO were once again variations of the Pontiac 400. The base engine for the 1969 GTO was a four barrel carbureted 400 rated at 350 hp. The optional four barrel carbureted 400 HO and the 400 HO with Ram Air II were both dropped in favor of the new optional 400 cubic inch Ram Air III and 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV engines. The Ram Air III was rated at 366 hp. The Ram Air IV, which featured header-like exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, a specific high-rise aluminum intake manifold, a larger Rochester Quadrajet four barrel carburetor, high-lift/long-duration cam, and other special internal parts was rated at 370 hp. The no-cost option two-barrel carbureted 400 (available only with an automatic transmission) was once again available for folks who wanted a GTO but not the added gasoline and insurance expenses that came with the higher performance engines.

With other American auto manufacturers producing inexpensive stripped-down muscle cars, Pontiac countered back with a very special GTO, the GTO Judge. John DeLorean chose “The Judge” name based on the “Here comes da Judge” routine from TV’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. The GTO Judge had a blacked-out grille, functional Ram Air hoodscoops, a rear-deck spoiler, stripes, and “The Judge” decals. The first 2,000 or so GTO Judges were all painted Carousel Red, which was more like an orange and was not available on any other Pontiac model. Later in the 1969 model year, the Judge option could be ordered with several other color combinations. Keeping the costs down, the Judge had a front bench seat instead of buckets, the Rally II wheels were without trim rings, and some of the GTO’s standard instrumentation were cost options.

The standard engine for The Judge was the 400 cubic inch Ram Air III while the 400 cubic inch Ram Air IV engine was an option.

1969 GTO Production Numbers:

58,126 Hardtops

7,328 Convertibles

6,725 Judge Hardtops

108 Judge Convertibles

Total Production: 72,287

1969 GTO Hardtop

1969 GTO Hardtop

1969 GTO Convertible

1969 GTO Convertible

 

1969 GTO Judge Hardtop

1969 GTO Judge Hardtop

1969 GTO Judge Hardtop - Rear View

1969 GTO Judge Hardtop – Rear View

 

1969 GTO Judge Convertible

1969 GTO Judge Convertible

Pontiacs of Central California Events in April

The Pontiacs of Central California car club will be hosting a Pontiac Cruise on Saturday, April 6th 2013 in Clovis at the Southeast corner of Herndon and Clovis Ave. The gathering will take place from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.

On Saturday, April 27th 2013, the Pontiacs of Central California car club will have their annual Central Valley Classic All Pontiac-Oldsmobile-Buick-Cadillac & GMC car/truck show in Madera, Ca. Below is a link to the show flyer and registration form: http://www.pontiacsofcentralcalifornia.org/2013cvc/2013%20flyer.pdf

1968 GTO

1968 GTO

Nearly seven inches shorter in overall length than the 1967 GTO, the 1968 Pontiac GTO as well as the other cars in the Tempest/LeMans family received a completely new, more rounded body style. The stacked headlamps of the three previous years were replaced with the return of side-by-side headlamps. With the 1968 model, the GTO was the first GM car to have an Endura front bumper color-matched to the car’s paint. With the initial challenges of getting paint to adhere to the Endura bumper delaying full availability, the chrome LeMans bumper was briefly offered as a no-cost “Endura Delete” option for the GTO in early 1968. The $52.66 hide-away headlamps option was also new for the 1968 GTO. As with the 1967 GTO, the hood-mounted tachometer and the Rally II wheels were available options. The post coupe model was dropped, leaving only hardtop and convertible models for 1968.

The available engines for the 1968 GTO were once again variations of the Pontiac 400. The base engine for the 1968 GTO was a four barrel carbureted 400 rated at 350 hp. The optional four barrel carbureted 400 HO (for High Output) and the 400 HO with Ram Air were both rated at 360 hp. In March of 1968, Pontiac introduced the Ram Air II engine. With re-designed cylinder heads with large round exhaust ports, the header-type exhaust manifolds, forged pistons, forged steel crankshaft, a high-lift cam and high-revving valve-train, the Ram Air II engine was rated at 366 hp. A no-cost option two-barrel carbureted 400 (available only with an automatic transmission) was once again available for folks who wanted a GTO but not the added gasoline and insurance expenses that came with the higher performance engines. As in 1967, Pontiac used the famous 6.5 Litre emblem on the 68 GTO even though it related to the 389 cubic inch engines of the first three model years of the GTO.

The 1968 GTO was named Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year.”

1968 GTO Production Numbers:

77,704 Hardtops

9,980 Convertibles

Total Production: 87,684

 

1968 GTO Hardtop with the Optional Hide-Away Headlamps

1968 GTO Hardtop with the Optional Hide-Away Headlamps

A 1968 picture of a 1968 GTO Hardtop with the Standard Headlamps

A 1968 picture of a 1968 GTO Hardtop with the Standard Headlamps

 

1968 GTO Convertible with the "Endura Delete" Option

1968 GTO Convertible with the “Endura Delete” Option (Photo courtesy of ultimategto.com)

2013 Muscle Cars Postage Stamps

2013 Muscle Cars Postage Stamps

The United States Postal Service has issued Muscle Cars Stamps as part of their “America on the Move” series. Represented by the 1966 model, the GTO is one of five muscle cars selected to have its own stamp. A sheet of 20 stamps has four stamps of each of the selected muscle cars. Visit https://www.usps.com/stamps/ for the official announcement of these stamps. You can also visit https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=P_842619&categoryId=promo_MuscleCars to view a picture of the beautiful GTO stamp.

1967 GTO

 

 1967 GTO

The 1967 Pontiac GTO was again a full-fledged model instead of just an option package of the Tempest/LeMans and its appearance is very similar to the 1966 GTO. A new plastic grille, rocker moldings (including the relocated “GTO 6.5 Litre” emblem), and the taillamps are the most noticeable exterior differences between the 1966 and 1967 GTOs. Two new exterior options were introduced in 1967: A hood-mounted tachometer and the Rally II wheels. Again, the GTO had the signature Pontiac stacked headlamps and split front grille and was available in coupe, hardtop, and convertible models.

The biggest change between the 1967 GTO and the 1966 is under the hood. A 400 cubic inch engine replaced the 389 from the previous years and the famous “Tri-Power” carburetion was no longer an option. (Note: Despite the increase in cubic inches, Pontiac kept the GTO’s familiar 6.5 Litre emblems) The base engine for the 1967 GTO was a four barrel carbureted 400 rated at 335 hp. The optional four barrel carbureted 400 HO (for High Output) was rated at 360 hp. Header type exhaust manifolds, a hotter cam, and an open-element air cleaner contributed to the extra power. The cold air induction “Ram Air” kit making the center-mounted hood scoop functional could be ordered for the HO. A no-cost option two-barrel carbureted 400 (available only with an automatic transmission) was available for folks who wanted a GTO but not the added gasoline and insurance expenses that came with the higher performance engines.

1967 GTO Production Numbers:

65,176 Hardtops

9,517 Convertibles

7,029 Coupes

Total Production: 81,722

 

1967 GTO Hardtop

1967 GTO Hardtop

1967 GTO Convertible

1967 GTO Convertible

 

1967 GTO Coupe

1967 GTO Coupe (photo courtesy of motortopia.com)

 

Thunder Valley Show & Shine and Downtown Lincoln Car Show

On Friday May 31st, 2013 there will be a Show & Shine at Thunder Valley Casino and the very next day, Saturday June 1st, 2013, there will be a Car Show in Downtown Lincoln. Please see the attached entry form. Members from the Northern California GTO Club will be showing their cars at the Friday night Thunder Valley Casino event.

Special note to Northern California GTO Club members:  If you plan to show your car at the Show & Shine on Friday May 31st, please contact John Gilbert at jg64gto@gmail.com  or 916.988.4419 to reserve your parking space with the club.

Thunder Valley and Downtown Lincoln Car Shows

1966 GTO

 1966 GTO

In 1966, Pontiac made the GTO a full-fledged model instead of just an option package of the Tempest/LeMans. The 1966 GTO had the same wheelbase as the 1965 GTO, but was three inches longer with a little more weight. Once again, the GTO had the signature Pontiac stacked headlamps and split front grille and was available in coupe, hardtop, and convertible models. Unlike the 1964 and 1965 GTO coupes and hardtops, the rear glass of the 1966 GTO coupes and hardtops was set in a “tunnel back” fashion with sail panels sloping back from the roof.

The available engines for the 1966 GTO were the same as in the 1965 models, with the standard four barrel carbureted 389 V8 rated at 335 hp and the three two-barrel carbureted (Tri-Power) 389 V8 rated at 360 hp. The cold air induction kit making the center-mounted hood scoop functional for the Tri-Power GTOs was once again a dealer-installed option.

1966 GTO Production Numbers:

73,785 Hardtops

12,798 Convertibles

10,363 Coupes

Total Production: 96,946

 

1966 GTO Hardtop

1966 GTO Hardtop

 

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1966 GTO Coupe – Rear (Photo courtesy of ultimategto.com)

1966 GTO Convertible

1966 GTO Convertible (Photo courtesy of flemingsultimategarage.com)