1964 was the first year for the Pontiac GTO. GTO was actually a option on the Tempest LeMans, with buyers selecting option RPO 382 and paying $295.90 extra. Three body styles were available, which included the two-door coupe, convertible and hardtop. The RPO 382 option included:
Engine: 389 cu in, 10.75:1 compression ratio, 325 hp w/4 bbl Carter AFB carburetor
Three speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter
Heavy Duty Clutch
Heavy Duty suspension (shocks, springs, stabilizer bar)
7.50 x 14 Red Line high speed nylon tires
14 x 6JK wide rim wheels
High capacity radiator
High capacity battery
Chrome air cleaner and valve covers
3.23:1 rear axle ratio (3.09, 3.36 and 3.55 available)
Engine: 389 cu in, 10.75:1 compression ratio, 348 hp w/ three 2 bbl Rochester carburetors
Four speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter
Two speed automatic transmission
Safe-T-Track limited slip differential 3.90:1 ratio (included metalic brake linings)
Heavy Duty Radiator
Safe-T-Track handling (quicker steering ratio, heavy duty shocks
Transistor (breakerless) ignition
Sports steering wheel
Exhaust splitters (dealer installed)
Wire wheel discs (dealer installed)
Custom wheel discs with spinner and brake cooling holes
Two Door Coupe, $2491: 7,384
Two Door Hardtop, $2556: 18,422
Two Door Convertible, $2796: 6,644
389 4bbl V8: 24,205
389 3x2 bbl V8: 8,245
Car and Driver, March 1964
389 3x2 bbl V8
0 to 60 mph . . . . 4.6 sec.
0 to 100 mph . . . . 11.8 sec.
Standing 1/4 mile . . . .13.1 sec. @ 115 mph
Note: As revealed later, the GTO tested was heavily breathed on by Royal Pontiac, a noted Pontiac GTO tuner.
Car Life, June 1964
389 3x2 bbl V8
0 to 60 mph . . . . 6.6 sec.
0 to 100 mph . . . . 14.9 sec.
Standing 1/4 mile . . . .14.8 sec. @ 99 mph
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