1966 Pontiac GTO
In 1966 the GTO became a model in its own right and Pontiac equipped it with the 389 in³ Tri-Power engine which produced 360 bhp. Nearly 97,000 GTOs were sold in 1966 and it became the best selling muscle car. This was largely impart due to the seductive styling of the 1966 model with it’s new coke bottle silhouette.
Other updated details included a mesh-screen grill, dashed rear taillights, stacked headlights and a wooden dashboard. Pontiac offered a wide range of interesting options including power windows, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning and lightweight red inner fenders.
The standard engine produced 335 bhp, and the Tri-Power option increased this to 360. An optional Ram-Air package was offered that was rated at 360 bhp @ 5200 rpm the same as the standard model. 19,045 GTOs in 1966 were equiped with the Tri-Power option.
The regular model could do the 1/4 mile in about 15 seconds and the Ram-Air was slightly faster.
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Auction Sales History
1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop Coupe 242176P217751 – sold for $60,500. According to the car’s window sticker, when this 1966 Pontiac GTO Hardtop Coupe was delivered to Ray Steidle Pontiac, of Milford, Ohio, it was equipped with a Tri-Power 389 that was mated to a four-speed manual transmission; the “Ride and Handling” package with heavy-duty shocks and a stabilizer bar; and Rally wheels. It wore Barrier Blue paint with a Blue interior, which is the same color combination it sports today. Documentation accompanying the car suggests that after leaving Ohio, the GTO remained in the Southeastern United States, with owners in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, before finding its way to the Andrews’s in Fort Worth, Texas. Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s