THANK YOU FOR ACTUALLY TELLING IT AS IT IS.!!!
The Mustangs were named Pony Cars by Popular HOT RODDING Which I believe happened in late 1963 for the 64 Mustangs after they got one to test . If I recall correctly the first mustang had a 4 cyl engine with an optional 6 Cyl. That later deleted the 4 cyl completely but kept the 6 cyl. They added the 289 that again as memory tells me had a 2bbl carb that a bit later was also offered with a 4bbl carb , later they added a high performance version of that bad ass little 289.
I had a 64 Mustang with a 6 Cyl in it
Pontiac gave PHR A BRAND NEW 1964 GTO in late 63 for the GTO’s release . Pontiac had been using Tri Power for years before they came up with the GTO. The guys testing the GTO who wrote the article were very impressed with it and named it a “MUSCLE CAR”
ALL PONTIAC MOTORS USED THE SAME BLOCK. They simply made them with a bigger bore for more cubic inches. They included the 326, 389, 401, 421, 428? And 455 engines that unlike Chevy that stuck their new Chevelle with just about any motor from the Chevy division they could. Some were built using a 6 Cyl , a 283,327, the new 396 rated at 325hp, 350hp and 375hp that ACTUALLY Put out a whopping 425hp!!!. I owned a 66 SS 396 4 Speed Muncie N-21 and also a 66 GTO with a 389 Ram Air TriPower Ram Air with COPO OPTIONS including the infamous M-22 trans, (the dealership thought the car had a bad trans which I knew so I bickered them down to only $1500 on that beautiful red car). It was ordered built with aluminum brake drums up front NO UNDERCOATING (a $175 option to not get undercoating!) plus ram air and few other go fast options
The Chevelle and GTO were both my first Muscle Cars . Prior to them and my mustang , I had a 54 Merc with a 351, a 61 Jag XKE with a 289 Ford in it, a huge collection of 56 Chevy’s including a 2 door station wagon with a non factory 327 4 Speed in it plus a 58 Triump TR3.
AHHHH I miss the 60’s!!!