LIMA — Barrett Rydell, of Lima, owns this 1965 Pontiac GTO. He has owned it since Oct. 18, 1993.
“I was attracted to it because it was original with the exception of a replacement engine,” Rydell said.
It wasn’t long, and Rydell located a correct dated 389 WS engine. The new engine has the original Tri Power induction setup.
Pontiac produced the GTO from 1964 to 1974 in the muscle car segment. The name was John DeLorean’s idea, which was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, a successful race car. For the first two years, the GTO was an optional package on the Tempest, and it can be argued that the GTO stood for “Grand Tempest Option.”
Either way, the GTO is one of the fastest cars ever produced by Pontiac. Sales of the GTO more than doubled in 1965, thanks in large part to a marketing and promotional campaign that included songs and merchandise.
Rydell’s beauty is Pontiac Historic Services documented. His car has no side view mirrors.
Rydell says his car is driven, not shown, and cites one of his best memories of road tripping with the new engine.