In 1959 Pontiac featured the split grille. It became a Pontiac trademark. That is what really distinguished Pontiac from other cars (along with the WideTrack but that's a different story.) Pontiac did deviate in 1960 from the split grille but in 1961 the split grilled returned and since then the split grille has been PONTIAC.
Many complain the GTO has the split grille and it looks like a Grand-Am or a Grand-Prix. Every GTO made had a split grille. The new age GTO's resemble a Grand-Am BIG DEAL. The 64-72's (disassociating the endura fronts) with their split grille resembled the Lemans, or Tempest. The Split Grille IS THE PONTIAC trademark. My car is a GTO, a GTO is a Pontiac. I want my GTO to look like a Pontiac GTO, not a Pontiac Monaro. I see GTO's decked out with Monaro badges etc. They are clones to a Monaro as the VIN reflects it as a PONTIAC GTO.
I brought my car because I am a GTO fan and it carried the GTO namesake. Had the car said Monaro, I would not have purchased it. It would have been my loss though. I wanted a GTO. Split grille or not and despite the resemblance to another Pontiac, it is what it is with Pontiac's signature split grille TRADEMARK.
Last edited by GTO JUDGE; 11-08-2008 at 04:17 PM.