The early 1960s saw American auto manufacturers desperately trying to sell cars to the emerging baby-boom market. Pontiac attained success with its original muscle car, the GTO, but as successful as the GTO was, it was handily outsold by Ford's grand-slam home-run pony car, the Mustang. In response, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967, its new Firebird, a model that became one of the most iconic cars of the classic muscle-car era. Eventually the top Firebird model, the Trans Am, became the standard bearer for automotive performance in the U.S. market, kept the muscle car flame alive throughout the dark years of the 1970s and led the charge when performance reemerged in the 1980s.
The book chronicles the Firebird's rich history, from the early attempts to reach the youth market in the early 1960s, through the potent and turbulent years of the classic muscle car era, the resurgence of muscle in the 1980s, to the car's continued popularity today.
This book follows the rise of this iconic vehicle from the day in 1963 when Chief Engineer John Z. DeLorean bolted a 389-cubic-inch GTO engine into a prototype Tempest coupe through the final GTO rendition in 2006. Wedding that massive V-8 to a mid-size GM chassis created one of the fastest production cars of the time but also made it a car just about anyone with a job could afford.
It started as an option package that was supposed to be limited to 5,000 units. Instead, word of mouth pushed sales to more than six times that many in its first year.
Hundreds of photographs by David Newhardt round out this thoroughly researched history and offer insight into the vehicle that, through redesigns, repackages, and relaunches, came of age with the Baby Boomer generation. From classic 1960s models to the GTO's revival in 2004, this exhilarating story will thrill any auto enthusiast.
In Volume No. 6 of CarTech's Muscle Cars In Detail series, author Barry Kluczyk goes behind the scenes to reveal how a cadre of dedicated personnel at Pontiac refused to relinquish high-performance, forged ahead, and built the last great muscle car, the 1973 and 1974 Trans Am Super Duty 455
Pontiac expert and historian Rocky Rotella examines each production year of Firebird. Production figures, option codes, running changes, model year changes and variances, rarity, collectability, interviews with engineers, and more are thoroughly covered in what is sure to be the ultimate Firebird reference book for years to come. Complementing the detail and year-by-year analysis is a combination of archival photography from the launch of these cars and beautiful color photos of original and restored examples today. Whether you are into the first generation of F-Body Pontiacs, the first Trans Ams in 1969, the early secondgeneration Super Duty cars, or even the wildly popular Trans Ams from the Smokey and the Bandit era, this book tells the entire story of these immensely popular cars. It is an excellent addition to any pony car, muscle car, or any enthusiast s library.
In the late 1950s, Pontiac saw a need to bring to market a full-sized two-door hardtop that bridged the gap between luxury car and factory hot rod. The result was the 1962 Grand Prix, a car that emphasized -elegance in simplicity.- The public responded enthusiastically and the Grand Prix quickly became the choice of young, upscale buyers looking for a car that made a statement about their leading-edge tastes and hip lifestyle. This book contains the complete Pontiac Grand Prix story, including production figures, powertrain offerings and a chapter on experimental and special editions.
In the spirit of the first asphalt-eaters of musclecardom comes the new Pontiac GTO, the Goat with the mostï¿½the most power, that is. Yesterdayï¿½s legend becomes a modern Main Street contender yet again in GTO: The Legend Returns. In a complete, authoritative telling, GTO: The Legend Returns by renowned automotive journalists Gary Witzenburg and Paul Zazarine provides the only book of its kind. This volume documents the birth of the original GTO in the early ï¿½60s, through the first generationï¿½s finale in 1974, to todayï¿½s rebirth.
The definitive guide for original factory specifications and model evolution with detailed specs for each model year, including options. Full of 250 detailed color photos that features the intricacies and beauty of the body, interior, and magic under the hood, the result is a complete presentation like no other.
This book replaces the earlier title on the popular Fieros. Lots of new articles covering road, comparison and track tests, new model introductions, performance data, owner survey, updates, specifications. Models covered: GT, GTP, Pfaff Turbo, SE, 2M4, IMSA GTU, Formula.
The book captures the energy and the dynamic force of personality that ignited the spirit of Pontiac Motor Division and all of its employees, from designers and engineers to assembly line workers and dealers. No other book on Pontiacs history has captured the essence of the Wide Track era. Along with never-before-seen photographs, there are evaluations of the products and significant milestones in the companys history from 1959 to 1969. Production and pricing information are also included.
Capturing the history of the A-body Pontiac, with emphasis on the GTO, this comprehensive reference includes the features that car enthusiasts are searching forï¿½including all-new optional equipment installation rates, advertising slogans, expanded technical specs, and collector-market values updated to 2003.