Pontiac 2+2: GTO’s Big Brother

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

When Pontiac introduced the GTO in 1964, the company also offered a trim package for the Catalina that featured a Ferrari-inspired name: 2+2. It was a trim package not unlike the Super Sport for Chevrolet’s Impala but, in 1965, it was reconfigured to be a performance package. One of those big brothers to the GTO is featured in Muscle Car Campy’s latest video.

The 2+2 package for the 1964 Catalina two-door hardtop and convertible included front bucket seats with console, choice of four-speed manual or Hydra-Matic automatic, and dual exhausts. Standard engine was the Trophy 389 two-barrel with 283 horsepower (four-speed) or 267 horses (automatic), with options up to the 370-horse 421 HO.

For 1965, the 2+2 package included bucket seats, floor-shifted three-speed manual, dual exhausts, performance axle ratio, heavy-duty springs and shocks, custom pinstriping, front fender louvers and 338-horsepower 421ci V8. Top engine again was the 421 HO, though now it produced 376 horses.

One of these cars is the subject of Muscle Car Campy’s latest video. This Mayfair Maize 2+2 hardtop was originally ordered with the standard 421 and three-speed, AM radio, whitewall tires and nothing  else. Today, the Poncho also benefits from the addition of Pontiac’s famous 8-lugs wheels wrapped in modern tires.

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