Pontiac GTO Roars Onto New Muscle Cars Stamps

The Pontiac GTO ushered in the era of the American muscle car in the 1960s, just as baby boomers began to come of age. In 2013, the GTO will roar in again as one of five new Muscle Cars stamps.

General Motors Chevelle and Pontiac Trademarks used under license to the USPS.

General Motors Chevelle and Pontiac Trademarks used under license to the USPS.

The first GTO was born when engineers dropped a 389-cubic-inch V8 engine, which was built for a full-size sedan, into an intermediate-size Pontiac Tempest LeMans. Initially offered simply as an option on the Tempest LeMans, the GTO—which in Italian stood for Gran Turismo Omologato, or in English, Grand Touring Homologated—became its own model in 1966.

Available as a hardtop, coupe, or convertible, the 1966 Pontiac GTO was equipped with a standard 335-horsepower V8 engine. The “Goat” could really move; in tests, it went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. It also looked much different than its predecessors. Starting in 1966, the car featured curvy Coke-bottle styling and a split grille. That model year, sales of the distinctive GTO peaked.

We’ve revealed four of the Muscle Cars stamps so far. Tune in tomorrow to see the fifth and final stamp!

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