1970 Pontiac GTO Base 6.6L
- Condition: Used
- Make: Pontiac
- Model: GTO
- Type: U/K
- Trim: Base
- Year: 1970
- Mileage: 101,230
- VIN: 242370r122430
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: 6.6L 400Cu. In. V8 GAS Naturally Aspirated
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Power options: Power Windows
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: REAR WHEEL DRIVE
- Interior color: Black
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1970 Pontiac GTO
The Tempest line received another facelift for the 1970 model year. Hidden headlights were deleted in favor of four exposed round headlamps outboard of narrower grille openings. The nose retained the protruding vertical prow theme, lthough it was less prominent. While the standard Tempest and Le Mans had chrome grilles, he GTO retained the Endura urethane cover around the headlamps and grille.
The suspension was upgraded with the addition of a rear anti-roll bar, ssentially the same bar as used on the Oldsmobile 442 and Buick Gran Sport. The front anti-roll bar was slightly stiffer. The result was a useful reduction in body lean in turns and a modest reduction of understeer.
Another handling-related improvement was optional variable-ratio power steering. Rather than a fixed ratio of 17.5:1, equiring four turns lock-to-lock, he new system varied its ratio from 14.6:1 to 18.9:1, eeding 3.5 turns lock-to-lock. Turning diameter was reduced from 40.9feet (12.5m) to 37.4feet (11.4m).
The base engine was unchanged for 1970, ut the low-compression economy engine was deleted and the Ram Air III and Ram Air IV remained available, lthough the latter was now a special-order option.
A new option was Pontiac's 455 HO engine (different from the round-port offerings of the 1971–72 cars), vailable now that GM had rescinded its earlier ban on intermediates with engines larger than 400. The 455, long-stroke engine also available in the full-size Pontiac line as well as the Grand Prix, as dubiously rated by Pontiac as only moderately stronger than the base 350 HP 400 CID and less powerful than the 366hp (273kW) Ram Air III. The Pontiac brochure indicated the same 455 installed in the Grand Prix model was rated at 370 horsepower (280kW). The camshafts used in the Ram Air III and the GTO 455 HO were the same. For example the manual transmission 455 HO's used the same 288/302 duration cam as the Ram Air III. The 455 was rated at 360hp (270kW) at 4,300rpm. Its advantage was torque: 500lb·ft (678N·m) at 2,700rpm. A functional Ram Air scoop was available. Car and Driver tested a heavily optioned 455, ith a four-speed transmission and 3.31 axle and recorded a quarter mile time of 15.0seconds with a trap speed of 96.5mph (155.3km/h) . Car Life test car had the Turbo-Hydramatic 455 with a 3.55 rear differential, locked 14.76seconds at 95.94mph (154.40km/h), ith identical 6.6second 0–60mph acceleration. Both were about 3mph (4.8km/h) slower than a Ram Air III 400 four-speed, lthough considerably less temperamental: the Ram Air engine idled roughly and was difficult to drive at low speeds. The smaller displacement engine recorded less than 9mpg-US (26L/100km; 11mpg-imp) of gasoline, ompared to 10mpg-US (24L/100km; 12mpg-imp)-11mpg-US (21L/100km; 13mpg-imp) for the 455.
A new and short-lived option for 1970 was the vacuum operated exhaust (VOE), hich was vacuum actuated via an underdash lever marked "exhaust". The VOE was designed to reduce exhaust backpressure and to increase power and performance, ut it also substantially increased exhaust noise. The VOE option was offered from November 1969 to January 1970. Pontiac management was ordered to cancel the VOE option by GM's upper management following a TV commercial for the GTO that aired during Super Bowl IV on CBS January 11, 970. In that commercial, ntitled the "Humbler", hich was broadcast only that one time, young man pulled up in a new GTO to a drive-in restaurant with dramatic music and exhaust noise in the background, ulling the "exhaust" knob to activate the VOE and then left the drive-in after failing to find a street racing opponent. That particular commercial was also cancelled by order of GM management. Approximately 233 1970 GTOs were factory built with this rare option including 212 hardtop coupes and 21 convertbiles, ll were "YS" 400ci 350hp with either four-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-matic transmissions. This particular GTO in the commercial was "Palladium" silver with a black bucket interior. It was unusual in several respects as it also had the under-dash "Ram Air" knob just to the right of the VOE knob, nd it sported "'69 Judge" stripes, s a few very-early '70 GTOs could be ordered with. It also had a Turbo Hydra-matic transmission, emote mirror, ally II wheels, /C, ood tach, nd a new-for-1970 Formula steering wheel.
The Judge remained available as an option on GTOs. The Judge came standard with the Ram Air III, hile the Ram Air IV was optional. Though the 455CID was available as an option on the standard GTO throughout the entire model year, he 455 was not offered on the Judge until late in the year. "Orbit" orange became the new standard color for the 1970 Judge, ut any GTO color was available. Striping was relocated to the upper wheelwell brows.
An Orbit orange 1970 GTO with the 455 engine and Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission was one of the featured cars in the movie Two-Lane Blacktop, hich depicted an unlikely cross-country race between a new GTO and a quintessential hotrodded, rey primer-painted, 955 Chevrolet drag car with a dual quad tunnel ram "454" engine and a four-speed manual. The GTO, wned by the studio, as not depicted as a Judge; however, n reality it was a RAIV powered Judge. They mentioned the "455" engine as it projected a more powerful offering to the public.
The new styling did little to help declining sales, hich were now being hit by sagging buyer interest in all muscle cars, ueled by the punitive surcharges levied by automobile insurance companies, hich sometimes resulted in insurance payments higher than car payments for some drivers. Sales were down to 40,149, f which 3,797 were the Judge. Of those 3,797 Judges built, nly 168 were ordered in the convertible form: RA III, A IV and 455HO. The general consensus is that six of the 168 built were ordered with the 1970-only D-Port 455HO 360hp (270kW) engine, no-cost option, hich explains the conflicting production figures over the years as to how many were built; 162 vs. 168. The '69/'70 "round-port" RA IV engine, derivative of the '68½ "round-port" RA II engine, as the most exotic high-performance engine ever offered by PMD and factory-installed in a GTO or Firebird. The 1969 version had a slight advantage as the compression ratio was still at 10:75:1 as opposed to 10.5:1 in 1970. It is widely speculated that PMD was losing $1,000 on every RA IV GTO and Firebird built, nd the RA IV engine was highly under-rated at 370hp (280kW). Overall, nly 37 RA IV GTO convertibles were built in 1970: 24 four-speeds and 13 automatics. Of the 13 1970 GTO RA IV/auto convertibles built only six received the Judge option. The GTO remained the third best-selling intermediate muscle car, ut-sold only by the Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396/454 and Plymouth Road Runner.