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Since this car has come up several times in forum discussion and will be a force to deal with, I decided to teach a little history here. Wonder how it will fair against the '05 'Stang? Hope you enjoy it. First the song - then the history.


Little G.T.O.
Ronnie and the Daytonas
Written by John Wilkin

Peak chart position # 4 in 1964
The title track from their 1964 debut album, The Daytonas had a little trouble hitting the high tenor notes in the studio, so they resorted to speeding up their voices for this song.

Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

You oughta see her on a road course or a quarter mile
This little modified Pon-Pon has got plenty of style
She beats the gassers and the rail jobs, really drives 'em why-ee-eye-ild
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

Gonna save all my money (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and buy a GTO (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
Get a helmet and a roll bar (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and I'll be ready to go (turnin' it on, blowin' it out)
Take it out to Pomona (turnin' it on, blowin' it out) and let 'em know (turnin' it on, blowin' it out), yeah, yeah
That I'm the coolest thing around
Little buddy, gonna shut you down
When I turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO

It's true that Pontiac's GTO appeared well after Ferrari unveiled the
original GTO at the Sebring twelve-hour race in March 1963. Pontiac
marketing types made no bones about the fact that the Ferrari inspired the
name of the Pontiac muscle car.

Ferrari's lawyers didn't -- and couldn't have -- done anything about
Pontac's usurpation of the designation "GTO." That's because Gran Turismo
Omalagato (Homologated Grand Touring) was an FIA (Federation Internationale
Automobile) competition _classification_ for cars, not an exclusive name.

There were many homologated cars. Homologated just meant that a specific
make of automobile in general production was registered so as to make it
eligible for international racing competition. Constructors like Ferrari
applied the designation to cars of limited production but which weren't
single-purpose, dedicated one-offs or built by the half-dozen strictly for
racing. If I remember correctly, only 100 examples had to be built to gain
homologation -- maybe as few as fifty but not just ten or twelve.

Ferrari certainly didn't construct many GTOs. It wasn't a comfortable car
even by sixties sports car standards. It was harsh riding and noisy, and
virtually everyone who bought one bought it to race. It did have a muffler,
and its V-12 engine had one of the prettiest exhaust notes I've ever heard,
like a muted trombone.

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Heh, I resemble this thread...

Oldies are cool, but sometimes the new stuff can rock your world, too.

Our new GTO.

and the engine

We love it and hope to soon have an SSR to keep it company.

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