If one car epitomizes the sixties muscle car phenomenon, that car is the Pontiac GTO. Like the Mustang, which was also introduced in 1964, the GTO happened to be the right car at the right time. The GTO concept – install a large passenger car engine in an intermediate body platform – was fairly simple, but its success was due to good timing: the public was ready for a smaller performance car. Within a year, emulators abounded, with other General Motors divisions offering their own versions of the GTO, but the original outsold them all.

1969 GTO Production

Model Engine Tans Total
Hardtop 400 RA IV Automatic 151
Hardtop 400 RA III Manual 6,143
Hardtop 400 III Automatic 1,986
Hardtop 400 2bbl Automatic 1,246
Hardtop 400 4bbl Manual 22,032
Hardtop 400 4bbl Automatic 32,744
Hardtop Judge All All 6,725
Hardtop All All All 58,126