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1964 GTO "GOAT"

1964 GTO
1964 GTO

1964 GTO Convertible

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Factory 4Speed  389 V8

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Everything on this car is 3,000 Miles New.

Classic Pontiac GTO The First Muscle Car

The 1964 Pontiac GTO "Goat'" was the first Muscle Car. This classic car was the brainchild of Pontiac Chief Engineer John DeLorean. Had it not been for DeLorean's idea to remove the Lemans 326-cubic-inch engine and replace it with the 389-cubic-inch V8, the GTO would have never been born.

The GTO, also known as "The Legend," once and for all changed an age old problem of the need for more speed. All the street racers had known for years that if they could get a car with a big engine, and a small body, they could increase their speed. Well, finally, in 1964 Pontiac released the GTO as their answer to this problem.

The 1964 Pontiac GTO sported two air intake castings on the hood as part of it's special styling package. I can still remember modifying these blank intake castings when we would soup up these GTO's. I sure wouldn't do that today, but at the time we were more into speed and cool than we were in to original.

The 64 GTO interior had the look and feel of a race car. The 389 was packed with 325 horse power and sported stylish bucket seats, an aluminum instrument panel, a custom steering wheel and a shifter in the console. Depending on which package you ordered, the GTO either had a three speed manual transmission, or a four speed.

In 1964, if you challenged the GTO, the rear of the GTO is what the challenger usually ended up seeing. As we would fly by the challenger, you could hear the old cry, " Boy, we sucked you up our carburetor, and spit you out our tailpipe."

The rear taillights stretched clear across the rear of the GTO. The backup lights were sunk into the rear bumper, really cool addition.

I can still remember the days when we were all cruising in our GTO and blasting Little GTO by Ronnie and the Daytonas on the radio. Good old cars and good old music, there was nothing quite like it.

The Good Old Days

You all remember the famous movie by George Lucas, American Graffiti? I grew up in Modesto at a time when cruising cars down McHenry Avenue in the 60’s and 70’s was the most popular weekend activity in town. The laws have all changed now, and the only cruising going on in Modesto is on “Graffiti Night,” to honor the Lucas movie.

I can remember the fun we all had back in the 60' and 70's smoking our tires down main street, and then later watching all the good old boys being forced to take their need for speed on to the tracks, or the dry lake beds all around the California Desert.

Those were the good old days, now it looks like all the fun has been replaced by a failing economy around the World. Personally, I think it's time to pull the old GTO out of the garage, dust her off, fuel her up, and smoke some tires down main street America.

Speaking of the good old days, do not miss the Goodguys Car Shows.

1964 Pontiac GTO Hood

The 1964 Pontiac GTO sported two air intake castings on the hood as part of it's special styling package.
The 1964 Pontiac GTO sported two air intake castings on the hood as part of it's special styling package.

1964 Pontiac GTO Interior

The 64 GTO interior had the look and feel of a race car. It sported stylish bucket seats, an aluminum instrument panel, a custom steering wheel and a shifter in the console.
The 64 GTO interior had the look and feel of a race car. It sported stylish bucket seats, an aluminum instrument panel, a custom steering wheel and a shifter in the console.

The view of the GTO most challengers seen was the rear.

In 1964, if you challenged the GTO, the rear of the GTO is what the challenger usually ended up seeing.
In 1964, if you challenged the GTO, the rear of the GTO is what the challenger usually ended up seeing.

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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Beautiful GTO, I have always loved classic cars. I'm too young to have seen them when they were new. In high school I saved up all of my money and bought a 1968 Camaro. My family thought I was crazy but changed their mind when they saw how happy I was with it. I went to a private school and a lot of other kids were given their parents old BMW's or were given new cars. I was proud to have paid for my own car and I could blow any of them away in a race. Sadly I had to sell it because I couldn't fit my kids car seats in the back and it had sat in my grandparents driveway for years. Do you have a classic car?


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born to be free 7 years ago Author

Hello Jim, thanks for stopping by.

That GTO really is a beautiful example of the first muscle car. One thing lots of folks who were not there don't realize is that a lot of us guys didn't just leave the old muscle cars as they were out of the factory. Any part that could be modified for more speed, was. The engines were bored out and souped up just as far as we could take them. It's no wonder the public finally ran us all off their streets, but it sure was fun.

Too bad you had to give up the 68 Camaro Jim, that was a hot car. I've had plenty of Muscle Cars over the years, but at the moment I don't. One thing that happened to us old guys was we didn't realize the future value of these cars. Many of us went on to do other things, and later in life when we started looking at the old classics again, they were beyond what we could afford, too bad for us.

I do get to stay involved with the old muscle and classic cars through my friend Dan who runs houseofddd eBay Motors auction site. He is probably one of the top eBay Motors sellers. He sends me the old pictures of his cars all the time, so I guess I am sort of spoiled. I get to look at unique old car pictures that you just don't find on the Internet.

Thanks again for stopping by Jim,

Robert


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tyler_durden 7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

That car looks so nice, I can see why it is towed and not driven! But then again, that would be one sweet ride! Nice car, I'm quite jealous!


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born to be free 7 years ago Author

Hello Tyler,

Thanks for stopping by. These old cars sure bring back the memories for me. I was there smack dab right in the middle of the muscle car era. Even these newer souped up cars will never be what the old muscle cars were. These old cars were the start of it all, and nothing can take the place of them.

If you ask me, the 67 GTO was the best GTO, and following it would be the original 64 Goat.


Serik 7 years ago

This is a nice car... I like it much.

I am from Europe (Czech Republic), and as I saw it, now I wont to buy it... And also I know that it is maybe be will be only one muscle car to all country!!!


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born to be free 7 years ago Author

Hello Serik,

There is nothing like the old American Muscle Cars and the Pontiac GTO was one of the best looking old Muscle cars produced.

Thanks for stopping by Serik


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born to be free 7 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by panic away. I'll be adding more car pictures soon.


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autobuynsell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

This car is really looking nice.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hey, what a great hub! I’m frankly surprised that the 67 project Goats could be had so cheap! I would think they would be worth thousands more than what you have listed.

My old High-school friend and next-door neighbour had a 66 GTO with the 389 six-pack, a Muncie 4-speed, and a 410 rear-end. With 90/10 drag shocks on the front and a few stomps on the gas pedal, this car would do six inch WHEELIES!!! - right in front of my house! - and that was without slicks (or a plate). Since then, I have always loved the GTO.

One day, I will do a Hub on the Last Day of School, a.k.a. BURN-OUT DAY! I still have some pictures, but unfortunately not of the GTO.


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born to be free 6 years ago Author

Hello Timothy, thanks for stopping by. That is a great deal for a pair of them. They are definitely a deal. Some guys like your neighbor had the real deal when it came to power, I can remember a want-a-be neighbor that would run oil back to the rear tires in an effort to spin his tires, LOL.


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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

Hi! Wow! 325 hp! It's as powerful as an excavator! "The legend" indeed! -- Thanks


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born to be free 6 years ago Author

Hello ss sneh,

A little bit faster than an excavator though, LOL :-)

Bob


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Gefforyt 6 years ago

very nice article, thanx for sharing


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born to be free 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Gefforyt, I have always loved these classic old GTOs


danny 4 years ago

sweet cars


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Msheart2 3 years ago from Shawmut Peninsula

A beauteous classic such fine form, beautifully maintained.

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