The Pontiac GTO is one of the most widely renowned muscle cars. From its massive engine to its sleek design, the GTO has been a figurehead of American muscle for decades.
Pontiac GTO Revival
During the late 60s and early 70s, the GTO was one of the most prolific muscle cars to enter the market. Its engines were ranked as some of the most powerful and the vehicle sat next to giants such as the Dodge Challenger, The Ford Mustang, and the Chevy Camaro.
The car had its signature “firebird” symbol painted on the hood and could be easily recognizable by the style and design which the company put its own spin on.
During the 70s, the US ran into a small problem, an oil embargo put a large dent in how much fuel, drivers could purchase. During that time, the focus of gas-heavy muscle cars went by the wayside. With fuel becoming increasingly expensive and newly emerging compact cars from Japan hitting the American market, the focus switched away from power.
This had unfortunately dealt a massive blow to the muscle car industry. Among the cars to make it out was the GTO.
Muscle Car Revival
During the late 90’s-early 2000’s, the GTO was one of the only cars left on the playing field. An inopportune time to focus on the muscle cars left Pontiac with the unfortunate decision to discontinue production of the vehicle.
Then came the totally remade deigns of the mid 200’s Ford Mustang. This was so popular that it launched another generation of muscle cars. Companies like Dodge and Chevy put their efforts back into producing high-octane sports cars.
These cars had garnered the appropriate attention to reignite the muscle car fanatics heart. Pontiac was no longer a company. Many car fans held hope that the possibility of a revamped Firebird or GTO would be hitting the stores, but sadly it didn’t come to pass.
That hasn’t stopped the fanfare from converting their own version of their once favored vehicle.
Lets take a look at some at-home conversions:
Taken from a new Camaro. This redesign puts the sharp and aggressive front end of the Firebird into a more modern version of muscle.
This redesign takes another Camaro and make it a T-Top. Firebird fans will quickly notice the front end similar to the car in “Smokey and the Bandit”. The color scheme keeps it traditional. The black and gold styled Firebirds that ran laps around cars of the time.
This Camaro redesign showcases the older and more classic GTO. The front end is clearly a mod to give Pontiac remembrances a taste of their dream car.