2. Pontiac GTO (1974)
The once mighty Pontiac GTO was downsized from a separate model to only a trim line option for 1974 Pontiac Ventura. The Ventura was the smallest and cheapest Pontiac at the moment and it was basically a Chevrolet Nova sister model. It was sad to see the once glorious muscle car being downgraded to just a trim level and some decals on an economy model with 5.7-liter V8 engine pumping out only 200 hp. Pontiac experienced slow sales for the GTO line for a few years and despite the relative success of smaller Trans Am/Firebird line, GTO just wasn`t that popular to justify the investing into a separate model.
The 1974 GTO was considered a pathetic attempt to recapture former glory of theGTO but the market didn`t fall for the trick. This was also the final year for the classic GTO nameplate and after 7000 examples produced, the GTO quietly left the scene. Today, those last year GTOs generate some attention simply as they are the last of the breed, but everybody agrees that the `74 Ventura GTO is a terrible, ugly and slow muscle car with just a famous name.