Most fans of Detroit Iron will agree that the 1964 Pontiac GTO was the epitome of muscle cars of a certain area. But what about the rest of the Pontiac range? Its bigger brother, the 1964 Grand Prix, already had the styling that would be grafted onto the GTO the next year. The horsepower-to-weight ratio wasn’t quite as optimal.
What if we told you there was a more powerful Grand Prix, and rarer than the GTO to boot? IT was called the Royal Bobcat. Royal Pontiac, in Royal Oak, Michigan got the idea of offering an upgrade package with special graphics, exclusively from their dealership. It’s a lot like the folks at Yenko were doing with Chevies or Gilpin with Fords.
AutoWorld has just released a 1:64 scale model of the car, available as a chase version in plain ZAMAC. What makes this variant interesting is the lack of graphics. There wasn’t much visual difference between a standard GP and the Bobcat, so the graphics told a lot of the story. Without any paint at all, it’s the ultimate sleeper.
There are other models of other Royal Bobcats in different years as well. But it’s always nice to get a new version of this very rare Pontiac.