25. 1965 Pontiac GTO
The first real battle in the muscle car race was the 1965 GTO versus the 1965 Mustang. Both cars were powered by a V8 engine, and both cars were vying for the affection of passionate consumers who wanted a great ride. The 1965 Pontiac GTO was not all that different than the model that preceded it. Pontiac was hard at work to bring the Firebird to the light and the GTO was quietly getting a redesign. Around this period of the time, GM had a couple of aces up its sleeve in the muscle car department.
The 1965 Pontiac GTO incorporated a lot of features that made it worthwhile. The option package was still $296 and for that price, you got the powerful V8 and the GTO badge. It’s interesting to know that the GTO name is derived from Ferrari. The 1965 GTO is a highly coveted car to this day. There were three options that you could get, the LeMans coupe, convertible, and two-door hardtop. All of these options made for a great car that still holds its legendary demeanor to this day.