1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible

Is this the car the car that started the muscle car explosion? There were certainly other cars available with bigger engines but the GTO, that had been introduced in 1964, was the car that other manufacturers really wanted to compete with.

Looking at this 1965 GTO you can see what all the fuss was about. It really is a great looking car.

Offered as an option package on three of the four Tempest LeMans body styles (not available on the 4-door sedan), the GTO was now in its second year and growing in popularity.

Rear view of a 65 Pontiac GTO convertible with the top down
top down fun

What you got in addition to improved V8 performance was: special trim and identification medallions including six GTO emblems and a blacked out style grille. There were simulated hood scoops, high-rate springs and a longer, larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar.

Inside, they came equipped with all-vinyl bucket seats. The original owner opted for an AM/FM radio which is much rarer than the standard AM version costing more than double at $137.

All vinyl, bucket seat interior of the 65 GTO
all-vinyl bucket seat interior

A 389 V8 was also standard on the GTO together with a dress-up kit and heavy-duty suspension. There were three different versions of the 389 available when the car was ordered; one with a 2-barrel carburetor, a 4-barrel version (which is how this car left the factory) and with tri-power.

This GTO has since been upgraded tri-power with three, 2-barrel carburetors and tuned to now output 477 horsepower.

Pontiac's 389 V8 for 1965 - fitted with tri-power
389 V8 with tri-power

Pontiac sold 25,208 Tempest LeMans Convertibles during the 1965 model year with 11,311 having the GTO option. They had a base price of $2,855.

A total of 75,352 GTOs were sold that year across the 3 models.

Following great sales that year the GTO was destined to become its own separate series for 1966.

This ’65 GTO is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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