BACK IN THE DAY MUSCLE CAR DAYS LATE 60'S EARLY 70'S GTOS WERE CALLED A GOAT BECAUSE A GOAT WILL EAT ANYTHING. arty: arty: THINK ABOUT IT IN
RACE CAR TERMS A CAR THAT WOULD EAT ANYTHING WOULD BE GOOD!
THUS THE TERM GOAT OR GTO, BUT A GOAT HATES YELLOW AND WOUNT
Wow thats a pretty wierd term to relate to a fast car, i could just say my car is like "A MOnster!" meaning like it's extremely fast. But Goat because it will eat anything is pretty wierd, they could at least say something like "Shark" that's aggressive and a little more scarier than a Goat hehe. But if ya can't beat them...join them. :cheers
Early on, Pontiac tried to promote a tiger theme for the GTO. Then they tried calling it "the great one" which is about the stupidest advertising pitch to ever come out of Detroit. In the end, the lowly goat became the preferred designation.
I always thought that it came from trying to pronounce the letters G T O as a word. Back in the 60s some used to say it meant Gas, Tires, & Oil. My first car was a '67 GTO, and in the beginning I used to hate the name goat. But it grew on me.
As EdwardC stated, Pontiac pushed the GTO as a Tiger, GeeTO Tiger came up a lot although sometimes they would use Tiger to reference any Pontiac. Eventually they gave in and used "The Goat" in advertising. Like: "The goat that preferes asphalt to tin."
Well, I prefer the Tiger (can you tell )..although the Goat may eat them all, the Tiger is meaner and faster than a goat...I know we called them goats when we cruised and street raced back in the Van Nuys days, but I will stick with the Tiger !!
I always thought it was from just jumbling the G-T-O around and you sorta come up with goat, never heard the 'it eats anything' before but sounds good to me. Anything is better than FORD, or Found On Road Dead. Ford guys will tell you it means First On Race Day and I'll agree, first to break :lol: . PONTIAC was an acronym for something but I can't remember what... it was funny though.
My Mom had a Goat back in the day and she told me that it stood for Gas-Oil-And-Tires, because that's all you had to give them and they'd survive them, but the piece of **** didn't survive the other day when I ran it into a ****ing pole after sliding in mud and ice and rock and gravel and ripped the front end off. (Yeah, That smile was HIGHLY sarcastic)
you guys got most of them already, but GTO is only 1 letter short of GOAT(albeit rearranged), they will eat damn near anything (my old '69 used to eat Mustangs and SS Chevelles for lunch, dinner and midnight snacks), they're stubborn and refuse to give in until beaten, tough, sure footed (gotta have traction or ya lose) and very territorial. And *I* never had to Get my Tools Out, except once (also the upgrade I did to carb and ignition) to replace the ONLY part that failed on the car in the 2-3 years I owned it. $2.15 for a clutch crossshaft that finally snapped after the previous 10 years of clutching the car. I love goats!
p.s. I no longer have a tiger in my tank or paws that dig into the asphalt, but times change.
Great enlightenment from all the answers. I thought it was just an easy nickname. But to tell the truth, and I hope I don't seem to be an old stiff, but I don't like the name, and won't call my baby a goat. My children, on the other hand...