1999 gto concept




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  • In the study of history, there are plenty of “what ifs”. Such as – what if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had not been assassinated, would World War I.

    Pontiac GTO Concept: 4-shot gallery, full history and specifications.

    Prior to the GTO reintroduction in , Pontiac showcased a more extreme- looking concept in , with blocky styling far removed from the Holden Monaro .

    The concept car concept is translated as "the idea of a car". This is a kind of prototype car, which tests people's reactions to new technologies being introduced, design solutions, etc. In its original form, prototypes are never launched into mass production.

    1999 gto concept

    1999 gto concept

    His influence was negligible. The interior only existed as sketches. Porto Historic Grand Prix. The only retro nods on this car are the wide-track Pontiac-style front end and the twin hood scoops.

    1999 gto concept

    1999 gto concept

    1999 gto concept

    1999 gto concept

    1999 gto concept

    Pontiac GTO - Concepts

    The GTO Concept was created in the fall of in only three or four months. It was done when Brian Baker had the Advanced Design Group, during the time when Wayne Cherry wanted to explore designs 15 years into the future. Wayne Cherry also wanted all of the brands to have their own identity. They made brand character models for each brand and after that the designer could only use those ques that related to a certain brand. When they had a press conference about the car, he remarked that at the start of the program he had never heard of a GTO.

    So they brought in a sculptor old enough to not only know what a GTO was, but also actually had one. He worked with Jay through the design process, and among other responsibilities was supposed to also make sure it came out looking like a GTO.

    1999 gto concept

    His influence was negligible. Jerry Palmer had the most direction in the design. Ben Salvador and Glen Durmisevich were also in that group. A foam pushmobile was made and it ended up at a few car shows around the country, including the Detroit Auto Show. The GTO Concept exterior was one of the first all-math models. The interior only existed as sketches.

    It was milled in foam, not clay. No room for mistakes. The GTO was inspired by our work to find design legends within each brand that would maximize the differences between them. This helped keep the GTO name in our heads. We wanted to capture the coke bottle Shape that Jack Humbert, Bill Porter and their team had created for the model.

    1999 gto concept

    At the same time the wide track look and diagonal mesh that the GTO had was important too. John Mack had done some terrific illustrations for Pontiac cross overs that I think helped lead us to this design.

    The input of Jeff Deninson should not be lost in this story. Jeff is more Pontiac than Chief Pontiac was. We did the model as part of an internal show for the Board of Directors annual review at Design. It was never intended for public review. We quickly added real driving lamps, metal mesh, and enough detail that it could pass for a roller.

    I recall that we considered reviving the Judge name but only went so far as to do a photo shoot on the patio with an Orange 69 Judge for comparison.

    1999 gto concept

    This photo was later masterfully photo shopped into a setting in front of the legendary Vincetta garage on Woodward Ave. The follow up to this concept was that when Bob Lutz rejoined GM a few months later, a group that included those named in the article above plus Brad Palmer, David Macintosh, Jeff Denninson, ride and handling guru Mark Stielo and I got together to put on video a roundtable discussion for Bob. We pleaded for him to support the look of our concept or a least the real GTO visual cues to make it worthy.

    Before the GTO went to rest again, many of our thoughts were finally incorporated. Makes you think; had Wayne Cherry been given support to make this concept, the Nomad revival, and F Car concepts part of a rear wheel drive platform strategy that he proposed to the corporation, could we still be enjoying new Pontiacs today? Just a bit of clarification on this foam model build. Just as I was handing my bag to the handler at the curb, my cell phone rang.

    Pontiac GTO Concept (1999)



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