This GTO is a great driver quality build. It features an aged but still shining blue paint color with some minor imperfections. Featuring a nice black interior with new upholstery, original gauges, and the rare door post body style that was not typical on all GTOs of this year. The chrome around the windows adds a good look that matches with the front and rear bumpers. The 389 is equipped with a Tri-power carburetor set up that is tuned and ready to be driven to car meets, car shows or just cruising on a sunny day. This GTO drives very straight down the road, stops good, shifts smooth and sounds awesome. If you are looking for a very clean, honest GTO that belongs on the road, look no further!
The Tempest model line up, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inches to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It had Pontiac's characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight was increased by about 100 lbs. The brake lining area increased by nearly 15%. Heavy-duty shocks were standard, as was a stronger front anti-sway bar. The dashboard design was changed, a simulated hood scoop was added, and the iconic vertical front headlight design was added as well.
The 389 cubic inches engines received revised cylinder heads with re-cored intake passages and high rise intake manifolds, improving airflow to the engine. Rated power increased to 335 hp at 5,000 rpm for the base four-barrel engine; the Tri-Power engine was now rated 360hp at 5,200 rpm. Transmission and axle ratio choices remained the same; the three-speed manual was standard, while two four-speed manual transmissions (wide or close ratio) and a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission were optional.