Joni Gray, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Bidding Pontiac adieu When you think of the famous tag line "Pontiac builds excitement," historic cars jump directly to mind. In the wake of GM's decision to discontinue the line, the time to ponder Pontiac's past has come. 1964 GTO When Pontiac brought the Tempest Le Mans to market in 1964, its GTO version, featuring a powerful 389-cubic-inch V-8 engine, signified the birth of the muscle car. Phil Skinner, editor of Kelley Blue Book's Classic Car Guide, brings a historical perspective to the famous car. "It was the brainchild of John DeLorean and Jim Wangers. At the time, GM wouldn't allow the smaller cars to receive the bigger car engines, but as an act of rebellion, these maverick executives got a "special edition" version passed through. It paid off when the GTO became its own model in 1966."
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