1964 Pontiac GTO Royal Bobcat

I was there


1964 Pontiac GTO 'Royal Bobcat'

I was there...

Tell us your story >

Personal story and photograph submitted by owner Tenney Fairchild
for participation in the the 2008 GM Century Cruise

This is the 1964 Pontiac Royal Bobcat GTO Car & Driver test car - as ordered, driven and "raced" by Jim Wangers – it’s the car that helped launch a movement AND a magazine. A legend in American motoring, the 1964 GTO is thought by many to be the first muscle car. This car is one of the first GTO’s built, and it was purpose built for the infamous Car & Driver road test, pitting it against the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO (which never made it to the track that day).

Ordered by ad man and NHRA Nationals champ, Jim Wangers – under approval from Pontiac GM John DeLorean – this car was built November 11, 1963 – sans insulation – and sent to Pontiac engineering over a weekend where a 421 HO engine was installed – along with an M-21 close ratio 4spd. and a limited slip Safe-T-Track 3.90:1 rear axle. Itwas then sent to notorious tuning house and clandestine factory engineering outlet, Royal Pontiac, to be prepped for the test. Tuned by Royal Pontiac legends Frank Rediker and Charlie Brumfield, and later Milt Schornack.

GM’s Century Cruise pays tribute to GM’s past and the passion owners have for their vehicles. On Saturday, August 16, 2008 this vehicle and more than 100 other classic GM vehicles will cruise from the GM Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center up Woodward Avenue to the heart of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Royal Oak and the surrounding suburbs. One of these vehicles will be crowned “top cruiser” based on a text voting campaign.

Next GM Century Cruise Participant

Tag Cloud

1897-1909 Creation  1910-1930 Acceleration  1931-1958 Emotion  1959-1981 Revolution  1982-1999 Globalization  2000-Future Transformation  AC Spark Plug  Advertising & Marketing  Allison Engineering Company  Alternative Fuels  Alternative Materials  Alternative Propulsion  Anniversaries  Autoshows  Behind the Scenes  Beyond North America  Board of Directors  Brands & Products  Buick  Cadillac  Celebrities  Chevrolet  Color & Trim  Competitions  Concept Vehicles  Corporate Responsibility  DELCO  DELCO Electronics  Dealers & Distributors  Design  Design Centers  Detroit Diesel  Diversity  Education  Electromotive  Electronics  Emblems & Logos  Employees  Endurance  Energy Conservation  Engineering  Enthusiasts  Environment & Energy  Eras  Executives  Finance  Firsts  Fisher Body  Former Divisions  Frigidaire  GMAC  GMC  GMOO - GM Overseas Operations  GM Daewoo  HUMMER  Headquarters  Holden  Hughes Electronics  I was there...  Innovation & Technology  Innovators  Joint Ventures  LaSalle  Labor  Manufacturing  Mergers & Acquisitions  Methods & Techniques  Motorama  Oakland  Oldsmobile  OnStar  Opel  Operating Units  Pace Vehicles  Parade of Progress  People  Places  Plants  Pollution Control  Pontiac  Powertrain  Proving Grounds  Racing  Research  Retirees  Saab  Safety  Sales & Service  Saturn  Shows & Events  Specific Races  Sponsorships  Studios  Suppliers  Technical Centers  Ternstedt  The Business  Trends  United Motors  Vauxhall  World's Fairs