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1964 Pontiac GTO: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 8

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Explore what makes the 1964 Pontiac GTO an automotive icon with this thorough look into the trend-setting vehicle’s origin, components, racing heritage, legacy, and more.

As part of the Muscle Cars In Detail series, this book delivers a comprehensive review of this trend-setting and historic car.

By the mid-1960s, the American automotive market was yearning for faster, more responsive, and sportier cars, and a crew of high-performance enthusiasts at Pontiac recognized this. Large V-8s were commonly installed in full-size cars, but performance was hampered by pure chassis weight. Under the guidance of Bunkie Knudsen, John DeLorean, Bill Collins, and others, Pontiac installed the high-performance 389 V-8 into the nimble and lightweight, intermediate-size LeMans chassis. It was a watershed moment for Pontiac; the 1964 GTO delivered astounding performance and created the muscle car blueprint that the Detroit manufacturers followed in the 1960s and 1970s.

With a 389 V-8 engine, dual exhaust, and a standard 3-speed or optional 4-speed manual transmission, the GTO supplied extraordinary performance. To harness the power and provide superlative handling, the GTO was fitted with stiffer springs, a limited slip differential, large-diameter front sway bar, and wider wheels. And to give it panache, the GTO was adorned with distinctive badges and hood scoops. The 1964 GTO is a landmark car, and this book goes well beyond the glossy overview in other books.

All In Detail series books include an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, and an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included is an appendix of paint and option codes, VIN and build-tag decoders, as well as production numbers.

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Explore what makes the 1964 Pontiac GTO an automotive icon with this thorough look into the trend-setting vehicle’s origin, components, racing heritage, legacy, and more.

As part of the Muscle Cars In Detail series, this book delivers a comprehensive review of this trend-setting and historic car.

By the mid-1960s, the American automotive market was yearning for faster, more responsive, and sportier cars, and a crew of high-performance enthusiasts at Pontiac recognized this. Large V-8s were commonly installed in full-size cars, but performance was hampered by pure chassis weight. Under the guidance of Bunkie Knudsen, John DeLorean, Bill Collins, and others, Pontiac installed the high-performance 389 V-8 into the nimble and lightweight, intermediate-size LeMans chassis. It was a watershed moment for Pontiac; the 1964 GTO delivered astounding performance and created the muscle car blueprint that the Detroit manufacturers followed in the 1960s and 1970s.

With a 389 V-8 engine, dual exhaust, and a standard 3-speed or optional 4-speed manual transmission, the GTO supplied extraordinary performance. To harness the power and provide superlative handling, the GTO was fitted with stiffer springs, a limited slip differential, large-diameter front sway bar, and wider wheels. And to give it panache, the GTO was adorned with distinctive badges and hood scoops. The 1964 GTO is a landmark car, and this book goes well beyond the glossy overview in other books.

All In Detail series books include an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, and an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included is an appendix of paint and option codes, VIN and build-tag decoders, as well as production numbers.

Pages : 96
Size : 8.25 X 9 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 129 color
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613253205
Product Code : CT590

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

Chapter 1: GM’s New Youth Brand
Base-Model Tempest
Bunkie Knudsen and John DeLorean 
Inception, Design and Creation of the GTO 
Royal Pontiac 
Jim Wangers 

Chapter 2: A Hot Rod Tempest 
Tempest Standard Equipment 
GTO Equipment Package 

Chapter 3: Engine, Transmission 
and Rear End 
389 Engine 
Tri-Power 
Transmissions 
Hurst Shifter 
Rear Differential 

Chapter 4: Suspension and Brakes
Suspension 
Handling Package 
Wheels and Tires
Braking System 

Chapter 5: Interior and Exterior 
Interior 
Exterior 

Chapter 6: Racing 
Mickey Thompson 
Drag Racing Personalities
Road Race Competitors 

Chapter 7: End of an Era 
Rebirth 
Value and Collectibility 
Legacy 

Appendix I: Production Figures 

Appendix II: Interior, Exterior and 
Cordova/Convertible Top Colors 

Appendix III: 1964 Pontiac LeMans 
Options List

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