One of America's finest classic sports car actually is one of the best cruisers in the world. A car that used to be the pride of a fallen brand.
In early-2010 the iconic Pontiac brand from General Motors got discontinued. The 2008 financial crisis didn't do any good to the American Goliath. The last car to ever be produced by Pontiac was the G6. Nothing fancy. However, back in the days, it used to produce some of the most amazing cars. Bonneville, Grand Prix, Le Mans, Trans Am, Firebird are all great cars that were once the pride of the brand.
But today, we review one of the most famous of them all, the mighty GTO. The Pontiac GTO is an American sports car that was first created in 1964 as an option package for the Tempest. Only in 1966 it became its own brand. It was available as a coupe, hardtop or convertible, like this one. Only about 9'500 cabriolets were ever produced and it was one of the finest, coolest and aesthetically appealing muscle cars one could get. No wonder that it reached the status of collectible.
The Pontiac GTO is a car usually driven by rappers or nostalgics. The car looks gigantic on pictures and it actually is. When I first saw it, I thought it was a boat. But beside its huge size, the car is so swaggy, and the first thing you want to do when you start the big 6.5L V8 is put this song on ⬇️
Finished in a beautiful red, this car was first delivered in France by GM France. A company that no longer exists over there. It only had two owners and the current one owned it for more than 35 years. Everything is original from paint to engine. It's the one only 1967 Convertible GTO in Switzerland, so yes, I was pretty excited to drive it.
It's great to get to drive a car that is in such good condition. It has this good old bulletproof three-speed automatic gearbox that is as smooth as a tennessee whiskey and it is paired to a massive 6'556 cm3 V8 that produces 335 hp. Don't worry, you won't feel those. The car is not what you'd call a "lightweight". I love the old cassette player and also the fact that it has four real comfortable seats. It would be amazing to pick up friends in this, with the roof down and listening to some loud music. Problem is, you will look like a total douche if you do that. But I love the idea... Anyway, the car keeps on reminding you that it is closely based on a boat. It is comfortable, and I never thought I'd say this, but it is a bit too comfortable. SO MUCH BODY ROLLLLLL!!! That's why you need to cruise it. The GTO isn't really a car that likes to get thrashed around.
Just too bad that Pontiac isn't around anymore to make a modern version out of it. I would have loved to see a Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet rival. The Pontiac GTO came from an other era, and it truly looks silly when you look at it on these tiny Swiss roads. But I can't help it, I understand why people go crazy for it.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/