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1964 Pontiac GTO; The First Muscle Car

Although there were plenty of cars before it that were considered fast, the 1964 Pontiac GTO may has been considered the first authentic muscle car. It maybe called the first but that  was not enough to guarantee its continuous production. The Pontiac GTO was produced from 1964 to 1974 and it was revived for the 2004 model year. Although there was no convertible body style in this new model, there was a suitable rear-drive 2-door coupe. It was arguably a better muscle car than the 1964 but it sold poorly. Muscle car buyers had changed. In 1964 a plain Jane with a big engine was enough, but by the mid-90s more flash was required.
If you are looking for the most famous muscle car that goes 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds, the 1966 Pontiac GTO is your best bet. When it was first introduced it immediately became a bestseller. Pontiac had produced a new masterpiece and it  continues to be in high demand among car enthusiasts. From there the GTO continued to grow larger and faster until the early 70s when the legendary GTO emblems were applied to several different body styles with less than ground pounding power.
Today, many a small grocery getter cars will out perform the legendary GTO but the Pontiac has the charisma
and soul lost in those boxes in the parking lots.


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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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