1966 Pontiac GTO The GTO name, which was DeLorean's idea, was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, the successful race car. GTO is an Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato, ("Grand Tourer Homologated") which means officially certified for racing in the Grand Tourer class. The name drew protest from Ferrari enthusiasts,who considered it close to sacrilege.

1966 Pontiac GTO

The first Pontiac GTO in 1964 was an option pack for the Pontiac Tempest available in two door coupe, hard top coupe and convertible body styles. The original $296 package included a 389 ci V8, with a single Carter AFB 4 barrel carburettor dual exhausts and a 3 speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter. Options included a four speed manual and the more powerful Tri-Power carburetors.

1966 the GTO became a separate model series, rather than option pack with unique grille and tail lights . Also in an automotive industry first, plastic front grilles replaced the pot metal and aluminium versions seen on earlier years. New Strato bucket seats were introduced with higher and thinner seat backs and contoured cushions for added comfort and adjustable headrests were introduced as a new option. This particular car belongs to Tim Schofield and is a 389 ci Tri Power 4 speed.