To complement what likely will be our last test of the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP before the brand heads off to the great drag strip in the sky, we dug through the C/D archives for reviews of Pontiac’s most legendary machines. What we found was something truly special: a full road test of a 1968 Pontiac GTO that had been specially modified by Royal Pontiac of Royal Oak, Michigan, with a 390-hp, 428-cubic-inch V-8. Back before SEMA and the tuning industry as we know it today, neighborhood dealerships with names like Yenko, Baldwin-Motion, and others were also your local speed merchants, and Royal Pontiac was no different. Unfortunately, that business model didn’t survive into the 21st century, and Pontiac is on its way out. Enjoy our take on this tuned version of one of the most recognizable muscle cars ever.

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