Ride along in a classic 1969 Pontiac GTO. A peek under the hood reveals why it’s such an icon

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The video below features perhaps the most iconic muscle car of its era, the powerful 1969 GTO. It’s painted a glossy Starlight Black with black interior, and is loud and proud in A-1 condition. We get a peek under the hood at the clean 400ci 6.6-liter V8 and Ram Air III hood with an output of 366 hp, and a chance to see it in action on the open road. The owner of this bad boy even leaves a little tread behind on a wicked burnout!
The original engine configuration on the 1969 GTO is the same as the one featured in the video, a 400ci Ram Air III V8 with M20 4 speed manual transmission and 3:55:1 safe-T-track differential. According to American Muscle Cars, the ‘69 GTO could go from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds, and complete a quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 98.2 mph.
If you’ve ever wondered where the GTO got its name, it’s an acronym for Gran Turismo Omologato. Yep, the GTO was named after the Italian sports car Ferrari 250 GTO.
The Pontiac GTO was designed to be a cost effective competitor of the Plymouth Road Runner. Over 72,000 of the ‘69 GTO were sold, making it a smashing success and outselling heavyweights like the Chevelle SS396 and the Road Runner. A special edition ‘69 GTO known as “The Judge,” with a rear spoiler and wider tires is now a heavily sought after collector’s item.

Check out this excellent ’69 GTO in the video below, and SHARE if you’re a fan!