computers were still mysterious machines which filled entire rooms with
spinning reels and blinking lights, one could go down to the local dealer
with $4000 in his pocket and drive away with a car with two four barrels
atop a seven liter engine, enough room inside for the entire family and
a trunk big enough to hold the average import ( I once watched a guy stuff
most of a Volkswagen; doors, fenders, hood and more; into the trunk of
a '65 Catalina- I kid you not! ).
winning races and had thus established itself as a preferred perveyor of
potent powerplants when a young engineer named John Delorean combined an
energetic engine with GM's newly redesigned midsized platform and, borrowing
a name from an expensive Italian make, gave birth to the American muscle
car in the form of the Pontiac GTO.
short time it had become apparent that the American public had a voracious
appetite for high performance machinery but there was a growing contingent
who wanted the aggressiveness of the GTO but demanded a more upscale image.
The gears were still turning inside old Jonny Del's head. He stretched
the Goat's chassis six inches; all ahead of the motor mounts; widened the
front track and borrowing from the Deusenburg, another timeless automotive
classic, gave us the '69 Grand Prix. Back then you could have it all!