1968 Pontiac GTO
Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1968 was offered with highly potent 350-horsepower 400ci V8 mill. And that was its base, economy option. Optional Ram Air II package officially came with the same figures, but actually delivered at least a few horses more. Another piece of standard equipment was the Turbo-Hydramatic TH 400 auto trans introduced the year before. At the same time, the GTO had received the energy-absorbing steering column and wheel, together with body-color Endura front bumper designed to absorb impact without permanent deformation at low speeds. This, however, was delete prone as replacement came in chrome. Whitewall tires were a no-cost option while the four-piston caliper disc brakes came at extra cost.
Even without some of the advanced optional equipment, the 1968 Pontiac GTO proved to be one of the best entry-level muscle cars around. Moreover, this year proved to be the second best-selling GTO year after the record 1966.