• Sep 26, 2009
The Pontiac GTO is a muscle car legend. As the car that's most often credited with kicking off the trend of putting the biggest available engine in the smallest available body, the praise and adoration are well-deserved. Despite the reality that the Goat wasn't always the fastest ride available, Pontiac's performer was an instant hit and it carried that momentum through the early 1970s.

A good portion of Pontiac's success with the GTO can be attributed to Jim Wangers, who served as the brand's chief marketing manager when the GTO was first released in 1964. It comes as no surprise, then, that Wangers' name and endorsement was sought by Big 3 Performance, which is launching a new restomod based on the 1969 Pontiac GTO.

Changes to the original Goat's cosmetic appearance are minor, including wider hood scoops and a Trans Am-style ducktail spoiler. Inside, a custom dash and audio system join embroidered Recaro seats and GPS navigation. Holding it all up is a custom chassis fitted with Corvette bits up front and a tried-and-true Ford 9-inch rear end. Revised Pontiac Rally II wheels round out the visual package.

The car's powertrain gets a complete workover with a Butler Performance 505 cubic inch Pontiac V8 that's expected to put out around 700 horsepower. Shifting duties are handled by the same six-speed manual transmission used in the Dodge Viper. It's not yet clear when the Wangers GTO will be available and how much it'll cost, but early projections put the car at around $130,000 to $140,000.

[Source: Big 3 Performance via Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Get lost Spammer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How come it's plainly obvious to everyone except GM that this is what buyers want in an American car? It took 5 years to rebody a Holden into a Camaro, but they could have built something like this as well....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cars like GTO are one of the reasons American Autos are in their current state, throw oversized engine into poorly design car with cheap interior and poor quality and hope that it sells. Seeing how American public refused to buy Pontiac GTO why would continue to make more cars like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, you're dense.

        I will assume that you are talking about the 2004 to 2006 GTO. If so, you are way off base. The Holden based GTO was very well designed, and very well balanced, with great handling. Yeah, the styling was a bit bland, but certainly not ugly.

        As for the interior, again, you're dense. The interior on those cars was very nice, especially for the price. The seats alone in those cars were superb!

        As far as it not selling well, the car was intended from the beginning to be low volume. The main reason why they did not sell well was due to GM and their ignorant marketing, and the looks were a bit boring when compared to the Mustang.

        The new GTO was a missed opportunity for GM, but it certainly wasn't a bad car by any stretch of the imagination.
        • 5 Years Ago
        2005 GTO supercharged to 600hp....and has to be one of the finest fit and finishes ever on a GM product.
        I LOVE MY CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's sad to think of perfectly good GTOs being turned into these. But then I'll bet that they use LeMans donors instead. So even more bogus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      these are the REAL good looking American cars!
      All American cars should look like the cars of the 50s 60s and 70s
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new GTO is the best car never to be successful. It had a high class interior, a modern suspension setup with *gasp* IRS, and the famed LS# engines.

      While the US version wasn't quite as pretty as the Monaro was, specify it with the 18" Holden style wheels, and it really was still a very nice car.

      Really shame it was sold as a Pontiac, not a modern Chevrolet, but GM didn't exactly learn their lesson the first time over with that did they.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, thats a slap in the face to GM!
      http://fiestamovement.com/agents/view/58
        • 5 Years Ago
        ?? GM's existence is a slap in the face to all taxpayers.
        Of course, in a socialist economy such as O envisions change to be, not so bad. The masses need transportation and as long as GM can crank out cars like the CTS-V (the new avant CTS-V is the only car that might get me back in a GM showroom in 30 years other than Corvette...LOL) and Corvette let them be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! + a bajillion-zillion :-)

      But alas...for that kind of money you could get a used Ford GT and then the love meter hits infinity and beyond...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good lord that is one ugly GTO. Glad I'll be getting rid of my ugly ass 68 soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You had me right up to $130,000 to $140,000, then you lost me. For that kind of money for a resto rod I'm getting me a Lynx D type.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks decent, but the association with that toupee-wearing, model-naming hack ruin it for me. Pontiac gave Bonneville, Le Mans, and GTO each a black eye when he was in charge of naming cars. And to a lesser extent, Paris.
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