Pontiac came out with a concept GTO in 1999. These pictures where sent in by Troy L. Megli. Pontiac's idea was to take some of the GTO-looking features we liked and present them in an updated fashion. That was not a bad basic idea. When this very radical design was first introduced, the public's opinion of the car was lukewarm. Then people began to criticize the car even more when two things happened: (1) Pontiac showed off the car with young designer Jay Bernard. Some people unfairly said he looked like a slacker. In print articles, Jay did not impress the older classic car buffs with his comments about the car. (2) People learned that the concept car being shown was made of foam, and the interior did not exist. It was only a computer drawing. For some reason, people did not like that. CLICK->
Here's two more views that Troy sent in. While it was an exciting color, the rear end was a little too flat-looking for some people's tastes. CLICK->
Here are the same separate (non blended) views of the 1999 Concept GTO. CLICK->
Rear end view of the 1999 Concept GTO. CLICK->LARGE IMAGE GTO concept car post card parked next to a 1969 Judge. CLICK->
GTO CONCEPT CAR press package can be found for sale on ebay.com sometimes. CLICK->
1999 GTO concept car view left front view. At the time, Pontiac's styling department dictated the use of signature "ribs" on Pontiac models. Those were the subject of much debate. While many consider the ribbed cladding a detraction from the styling, I think they look neat on this car. I imagine that they resemble big tiger claws, clutching the front of the car. The tiger was an old advertising theme reminiscent of classic GTOs. CLICK->
1999 GTO concept car, right rear view at a car show CLICK->
Here's a shot of Stan Kamisnki at the 2001 Carlisle All GM Nationals. Stan says, "I thought it looked better in person, compared to seeing it in a magazine." Smile Stan! CLICK->
GTO CONCEPT CAR photo was altered to look like a "The Jury" car by Dave Jeffries. CLICK->
This is a 1999 radio controlled car sent in by Mike Baldwin. He found it at a Kmart. It only cost $5.00 The toy also comes in the orange color.
The toy is made by Tack Cheung Plastic Manufacturing, Ltd. in China. The toy car's body design is officially licensed by General Motors. CLICK->
This 1999 concept GTO Remote Control car is orange. The controller that comes with the car has limited functions. Press "Forward" and it goes straight. Press "Reverse" and it turns as it backs up. Good thing they don't make real cars this way. It would be very hard to get around. CLICK->
The same company packaged the car as a "Friction Powered" toy. This one was found at a Dollar Store. Pontiac chose not to build a real version of this automobile. But the toy companies made thousands upon thousands of small versions. CLICK->
The 1999 concept GTO "Friction Powered" toy also comes in red.
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