It’s still mind blowing that Pontiac jumped in front of Chevrolet and invented the muscle car (according popular opinion, at least). The 1964 GTO, created by Pontiac Chief Engineer John DeLorean and two of his senior assistants, Bill Collins and Russ Gee, basically caught their rivals at Chevrolet and the rest of the industry asleep in their product planning meetings. Those guys realized the 389-cubic-inch engine from Pontiac’s full-size model would fit in the new smaller and lighter 1964 Tempest. Then they added a name stolen from Ferrari and combined that performance with image.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/04/03/the-best-chevy-muscle-cars-that-arent-camaros