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The GTO became a separate Pontiac model (model number 242) in 1966, instead of being an "option package" on the Tempest.
The Boss 429 is arguably one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars to date. The origin of the Boss 429 came about as a result of NASCAR. Ford was seeking to develop a Hemi engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemi from Chrysler. After much consideration, it was decided by Ford that the Mustang would be the car that would house this new engine. Production of the Boss 429 began in 1968 at Kar Kraft's new assembly plant in Brighton, Michigan (Kar Kraft being the same company with a hand in developing the GT40) where they were modified to handle the new engine and it's power. The cars were rated very conservatively at 375 hp and 450 lb⋅ft of torque. Actual output was estimated to be closer to the 500 horsepower mark.
How many Boss 429's were produced in total?
The first Pontiac GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest, available with the two-door coupe, hardtop, and convertible body styles. The package included a 389 cu in V8 rated at 325 hp with a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, chromed valve covers and air cleaner, seven-blade clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar, wider wheels with 7.50 × 14 redline tires, hood scoops, and GTO badges. Optional equipment included a four-speed manual, more powerful "Tri-Power" carburetion rated at 348 hp, metallic drum brake linings, limited-slip differential, heavy-duty cooling, ride and handling package, and the usual array of power and convenience accessories. When did the GTO become a distinct model on it's own?
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