An unknown reader emailed a couple of spy photos to me in April of 2002. That was 8 months before production 2004 GTOs began arriving in the US. I don't know where they came from, but they were reportedly a potential Pontiac GTO design. My thoughts at the time was, "Not too exciting so far. Looks like a Mustang from the side. Maybe a Chevy Celebrity? Needs a dual exhaust to be a respectable muscle car. Needs a Judge-style spoiler at least. The car needs to be visually stunning, and this ain't it." Guess what? This is actually pretty close to what the production car looks like! CLICK->
This is spy photo number two, from that unknown reader (7 months before they were released). At the time I thought, "Oh, no! Where are the hood scoops? The hood tach, the spoiler, some style? This car does have the split grille typical of Pontiac. Gee, thanks for the Grand Am. We wanted a GTO instead." Aside from a little change to the upper front grille and headlights, this is what we got. Except, we didn't get this color. VIEWER CONCEPT 2004 GTOs START HERE
I have added several things to the green "spy photo" car. I have graphically altered it. The angled front of the hood says this car is meaner than most. The hood scoops could use more work, though. In fact, the whole thing needs work. The more I look at it, the less I like my changes to it. Its just not a classic design. But I do think the Aussie kangaroo is funny! Its also funny how ferociously the Australians object to a hood tach. They tell me that hood tachs are "tacky". Huh huh.
VIEWER CONCEPT 2004 GTOs START HERE
This is my concept of what a 2004 drag car might look like. I let my
imagination run wild when creating this graphic. It is based on the
stock 2004 GTO photo, but with a few twists. The car has been lowered
a bunch. I added a blower off a toy car. It has a dual spoiler. The
top is lowered and raked back for a more aerodynamic look. In fact,
the whole car is raked at a backwards angle. I added an arrowhead
marker light just like the 1968 GTOs. The twin grilles have been
lengthened and lowered. The rear wheel opening has been pulled
downward. The headlights are darkened a little for a more sinister
look. On the doors, the handles have been removed, the mirrors lowered, and a bold "GTO" graphic was added. I even added the outline of a racing helmet. That's me in there, waiting for a green light! CLICK->
My brother Pat Mattingly came up with this idea. He has the two angled grilles like the 1966 / 67 cars. But he added modern projector-style headlights to it. This version has a hood tach, an unnecessary touch, just to show people; "Hey! Look at this cool performance gizmo!".
This is a concept drawing. Frank Bowman has the back end absolutely nailed. He chose to emulate the rear of the 1966 car. He's got the slit tail light design and the upswept edges of the trunkline. This is the one styling aspect that 1966 / 67 GTO owners fell in love with. This is a GTO tail light treatment with a Firebird-like bumper. It works together well. CLICK->
Here's a convertible version of Frank's concept car vision. This one is a bold shade of green. CLICK->
Frank Bowman has a radical idea about the front end. He'd keep the hood scoop like those of the 1966 / 67 cars. This is a very angular design, incorporating the stacked headlight format of the earlier cars. He's got triangle marker lights on this concept, something I've never seen before. Usually marker lights are square, rectangular, or oval. But it was Pontiac that broke the mold back in '68 when they came out with red arrowhead marker lights on the rear quarters of the GTO. CLICK->
Frank's been busy. Here's another concept from Frank Bowman. He started with the 2002 Monaro and added his modifications including larger wheels. CLICK->
Raza7777@aol.com sent in this Judge based on the Monaro concept car that appears on the Holden web site in Australia. He added some Pontiac attributes to the car. CLICK->
Brad drew this 2004 GTO Judge based on the Holden HSX. He added a rear spoiler, hood scoops, a hood tach, Judge stripe, and Carousel Red paint. CLICK->
Here's a set of drawings of the 2004 GTO from Don Wigent. Don comments, "Hood scoops are a must, light chrome where it evokes the early vehicles, and it BETTER! beat the new Cobra Mustang to a quarter mile like in 65!. CLICK->
Don's second concept drawing of the 2004 GTO shows a more squared off design with dual side-by-side headlights. Don doesn't desire a wild car like the orange Judges, but would rather see the early 60's squarish cars. He started with a new Nomad concept photo, then went wild from there. CLICK->
Don came back with this version after listening to some viewer comments. With this one he lowered the entire car, the mirror, and added the GTO emblem in the grille. He kept the third door and hardtop. CLICK->
The back of this car looks MAD! As in ANGRYbad. Hey, Pontiac. This is how it should be. The backend should show some badass attitude. PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Terri-Lee (tshave.@cogeco.ca) - "Thank you for your comment on the GTO VIN numbers on the GTO web page. I was leaving tomorrow to go buy a GTO, and realized the car I was about to purchase was actually a LeMans. You just saved me 10,000 dollars. Thank you, 10,000 times."