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My Pontiac GTO
When I was in high school my father decided that I needed a muscle car. I never understood why a 16 year old would need to drive a 1969 Pontiac GTO It had a 440 with a 4 barrel carburetor, Dual exhaust that sported cherry bomb mufflers. It was sort of root beer color. Yes it was a nice looking car that got almost 10 miles to the gallon. But even then I knew as a kid it had to much power for me to handle.
I guess I should have kept my GTO ;-)
My father liked to use the car, again I was not sure why he would but it was a fast car. I remember burying the speedometer and I believe it went up to 110 or 120.
Certainly this was much to fast for an adult to be driving on a deserted country road.
But a kid no way. If you even stepped on the gas petal one third of the way down the tires would spin and smoke. The back end would start to fishtail and your head would snap back in the seat.
What the heck were they thinking when they built these types of vehicles. Reminded me for those of you who remember Bo and Luke Dukes car, (The General) My GTO was fast and scary, it was also so loud that you couldn't talk when it was running if you were standing outside of the car. While many Americans would love to have a car such as this I was not prepared to drive such a beast of a car.
My girl friend didn't like the car either.It drank gas like an elephant drinks water. Of course if you could afford the gas and you like fast cars the GTO is great. I really couldn't afford to drive it even in the 1970s. Between the gas and the insurance it just wasn't worth it. For what I needed a car for going to work and part time high school any fuel efficient car would have been fine.