GTO: Pontiac’s Great One

19 Nov 2009 | 2,946 views | No Comment
“GTO: Pontiac’s Great One,” Darwin Holmstrom, with photographs by David Newhardt, $50.00. This is one massive, massive tome to one of America’s four wheeled-sweethearts. The sad thing is that it feels so anticlimactic because, as we all know, Pontiac is no more. This book helps us to understand why that is such a huge blow to the automotive industry as we know it today. The sheer size of this book is almost overwhelming. It’s 334 pages of  huge, lavish color photographs, featuring not only every model of GTO ever made, but several varieties of each model for each year, with different colors and equipment. Lavish, lavish, lavish! There are lots of advertisements and even some background on some of  GTO’s corporate ancestors, thus allowing you to trace the whys and wherefores of what was an amazing brand and model for the auto industry. The only shortcoming to this book is one which really, is no fault of the book, itself. The fault is that so many books have been written already about the GTO that it’s hard to come up with incidents, events and happenings that most auto enthusiasts don’t already know.  But the story itself is almost a legend, by know, anyway, so I’m not sure that really matters. What does matter is that you have  a lovely coffee table sized book that almost every automotive enthusiast, let alone Pontiac and/or GTO enthusiast, is sure to want to own and read. The book is published by MBI Publishing Company and Motorbooks, and can be ordered through their website at

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