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Pontiac 2+2: GTO’s Big Brother

The 1965 behemoth that flies like a Ferrari


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.

If you enjoy this video, you can check out other fine automotive videos from Muscle Car Campy.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. I love this car! I had the same one, same color, in the early seventies while in the military and had a ball with it! Brings back memories I tell you! LOL


  2. Oh how I miss the days of big luxurious muscle cars like this when premium 104 octane gas was only 37 to 45 cents a gallon.

  3. Yes… 66 Bonny s are beauties. Had earlier but couldn’t snag one of those long ones. Had 61 & 63 Bonny convertibles. 62 Ventura.. a basic model with 389 tri power and manual 3 on the floor cause someone ripped the stick off the tree power shifting… the rear wheel wells were cut out for slicks. FUN FUN FUN.


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