Diamond in the rough, so to speak.

Before I go any further, I need to talk about the GTO’s looks.

PontiacGTO

800px-2006_Pontaic_GTO_coupe_04

When this car first came out about 10 years ago, it received a lot of flak for it’s “uninspired” and “boring” styling.

And that makes sense.

Remember, this was several years before the revival of the Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger; all with retro styling.

Simply put: the GTO did not look like what people thought a GTO should look like.

Fair enough.

But I think this car’s styling was actually a decade ahead of its time.

That’s because the car never looked “trendy”.

If you didn’t know any better, you probably wouldn’t doubt it if someone told you this car was a ’14.

Who wouldn’t want that in a used car?

So we addressed that.

But most importantly this car was no slouch under the hood.

Equipped with a V8 that produces either 350 (LS1 engine) or 400 HP (LS2 engine), this IS a muscle car.

0-60? 5.3 & 4.7 seconds.

So it’s fast, too.

So… how much?

Well, around $15,000 for the earlier models and $20,000 for the later ones.

Not too bad when you consider there are plenty available with less than 50,000 miles on the odometer.

Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised if this car reaches 1996 Impala SS levels (nearly 20 years since the last one rolled off the assembly line, you’re looking at the same price ranges as the much newer GTO).

But the best thing about the GTO is that it is attainable.

For only 15-20 grand, you’re getting at least 350 ponies under the hood, stock.

And the looks will continues to age well (see Supra, Toyota).

So consider this underrated, largely forgotten GTO for your life.

I know I’d love to see more of these on the road.

Pictures: Wikipedia