4. Pontiac GTO Judge
Muscle cars started as affordable performance machines with lots of power and reasonable prices. However, due to high demand, some models got more expensive. Soon, there was a need for an affordable muscle car aimed at young buyers who wanted a fast car, but couldn’t afford much. The Plymouth Roadrunner was the perfect example of such a model. It was inexpensive, fun and fast.
Pontiac wanted a similar car and in 1969, the company presented the GTO Judge. The Judge became a legend. It took its name from a famous comedy skit in a popular TV show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Another reason was that it was a bright red muscle car with a big spoiler and “The Judge” graphics all over it. The GTO Judge wasn’t slow, either. It came with a 366 HP engine and a four-speed transmission.
One of the most interesting things about the Judge is it was responsible for the first music video ever. Back in the late 60’s, one of the best domestic rock bands in America was Paul Revere and the Raiders. Pontiac hired them to make a song about the new GTO Judge for a commercial featuring the car and the song.
The commercial was so successful, and the song was so catchy, it became a hit on the music charts. They aired the commercial in full length as a music video. This car created the perfect and everlasting connection between rock music and muscle cars.