1965 Pontiac GTO CONV. 389 TRI-POWER
1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible, #'s Matching WS Code 389 w/ factory Tri-Power, PHS
For 1965, there was nothing more desirable than a Tri-Power GTO. This Pristine example is finished in gorgeous Blue Mist Slate and is authenticated by PHS documents to have been born with it's Numbers Matching WS-Code 389 V8 with Factory Tri-Power.
With a factory installed Hurst Shifted 4-Speed Manual, this GTO has been beautifully restored inside and out & is absolutely stunning.
- Factory Tri-Power Convertible
- Matching Numbers WS-Code 389 V8
- Factory 4-Speed Trans.
- Safe-T-Track 3:55 rear end
- Factory Code W Blue Mist Slate exterior with Parchment Interior, Black Top
- Woodgrain Steering Wheel
- Rally Gauge cluster with Tach
- Door Edge Guards
- Soft Ray Tinted Glass
- Quick Ratio Steering
- Dual Splitter Exhaust
- Hurst Wheels
- Redline Tires
- PHS Documents
THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL!
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About the GTO:
The Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models.
In early 1963, General Motors' management banned divisions from involvement in auto racing. By the early 1960s, Pontiac's advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance. With GM's ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac's managers began to emphasize street performance.
The first Pontiac GTO was available as an option package for the Pontiac LeMans, available in coupé, hardtop, and convertible body styles. The US$295 package included a 389 CI V8 rated at 325HP at 4,800 rpm with a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust pipes, chromed valve covers and air cleaner, seven-blade clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar, wider wheels with 7.50 × 14 redline tires, hood scoops, and GTO badges. A more powerful engine with "Tri-Power" carburetion (three two-barrel Rochester 2G carburetors) rated at 348HP was available.
Car and Driver incited controversy when it mentioned that a GTO, which had supposedly been tuned with the "Bobcat" kit offered by Ace Wilson's Royal Pontiac of Royal Oak, Michigan, was clocked at a quarter mile time of 12.8 seconds and a trap speed of 112 mph on racing slicks.
Later reports strongly suggest that the Car and Driver GTOs were equipped with a larger 421 cu in engine that was optional in full-sized Pontiacs. Since the two engines were difficult to distinguish externally, the subterfuge was not immediately obvious.
In Jim Wangers' Glory Days he admitted after three decades of denial that the red drag strip GTO had its engine swapped with a 421 Bobcat unit.
The GTO disregarded GM's policy limiting the A-body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in (5.4 L).
By promoting the big-engine option as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market.
The name, which was DeLorean's idea, was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, the successful race car. It is an Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato ("grand tourer homologated"), which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class.
The GTO was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inches to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It had Pontiac's characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight was increased by about 100 lbs. The brake lining area increased by nearly 15%. Heavy-duty shocks were standard, as was a stronger front antisway bar. The dashboard design was changed, and an optional rally gauge cluster added a more legible tachometer and oil pressure gauge.
The 389 cubic inches engines received revised cylinder heads with re-cored intake passages and high rise intake manifolds, improving airflow to the engine. Rated power increased to 335HP at 5,000 rpm for the base four-barrel engine; the Tri-Power engine was now rated 360HP at 5,200 rpm. Transmission and axle ratio choices remained the same. The three-speed manual was standard, while two four-speed manual transmissions and a two-speed automatic transmission were optional.
The restyled car had a new simulated hood scoop and black "egg-crate" grille.
Car Life tested a 1965 GTO with Tri-Power, considered the most desirable options, with a total sticker price of US$3,643.79. With two testers and equipment aboard, they recorded a 0–60 miles per hour acceleration time of 5.8 seconds, the standing quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds with a trap speed of 100 miles per hour and an observed top speed of 114 miles per hour at the engine's 6,000 rpm redline.
Sales of the GTO, abetted by a marketing and promotional campaign that included songs and various merchandise, more than doubled to 75,342. It spawned many imitators, both within other GM divisions and its competitors.
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