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1965 Pontiac GTO - Rear View

Road Testing in 1965

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Road Testing in 1965
In 1965, Car Craft put a little different twist on road testing by utilizing local car clubs to evaluate the new iron coming out of Detroit. One of the first cars to be abused at the hands of clean-cut enthusiasts in penny loafers and Sansabelt slacks was this '65, four-speed, 389, Tri-powered GTO. The test was performed by the Chaparels Car Club of Tustin, California. The club not only drove the car but also wrote the story. This was just the second year for the GTO, so there was probably some expectation that it would be fast. Testing at the dragstrip in San Fernando near Los Angeles was disappointing, but after traveling south to Carlsbad, which lies practically on the ocean just north of San Diego, the club pushed the goat to a 14.65/101-mph effort. Later, with a set of Jardine headers and a pair of M&H cheater slicks, a return to Carlsbad produced a quicker 13.77 at 102 mph. This photo was taken at what appears to be the '66 Winternationals after the car was fitted with a set of Hurst five-spoke wheels, a Royal Bobcat tune-up kit, and a load of decals. It would be fun to know if this car is still around.

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