G.T.O. – Old Car City
The name, GTO, was DeLorean’s idea, inspired by the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO. It is an Italian abbreviation for Gran Turismo Omologato (“grand tourer homologated”), which means officially certified by the FIA for racing in the grand tourer class as a true production car, having been at least a hundred made.
Unusually for such a Detroit marketing ploy, a conscientious Pontiac employee actually went through the proper steps to have the car homologated by the FIA in 1964, so that it was possible for the occasional GTO to compete in European sports car racing.
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