The Pontiac GTO is arguably the car that started the American muscle car movement.
The legendary “Goat” started as an option for the Pontiac Tempest in 1964, became a standalone model in 1966, and returned to its original option status in 1973. The early model GTO ended life as an option package for the LeMans in 1973 and the compact Ventura in ’74.
Then it was gone.
In its fairly short lifespan (from 1964-74), the GTO left an indelible mark on the American automotive scene. Although Pontiac would resurrect the GTO name in 2004, we think true American hot rodders (and those who fancy themselves hot rodders) should be well versed in those first 10 years of the Pontiac GTO. As a public service, we put together this quick guide identifying various early model Goats.
Think of it as an American history lesson.