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What does the GT stand for in Mustang GT?

Grand Tourer on other models but who knows for sure on the Mustang GT's?
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Gigantic Testicles of course!! :hihi:

Actually, I think your guess is correct, and that term has been adopted across the automotive world. But perhaps someone with more knowledge can confirm this.

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Technically it was originally an Italian designation for "Gran Turismo" which was a specific genre of racing in which the car was suitable for both street and track use, with the track being typically a long road course. The "GT" designation was initially applied to Italian sports cars that were meant for tract use but were also street-legal and actually fairly suitable for street driving from a comfort, practicality, and reliability standpoint. The "GT" designation was later appropriated by other manufacturers to designate the more sporting versions of a model.

"Gran Turismo" translates (rather obviously) to "Grand Touring" in English.

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Zen beat me to it. It does stand for Gran Turismo. Quite right, quite right (snobby English accent).

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GM alos used it.

GTO=Gran Turismo Olagato (I think)
GTA=Gran Turismo Americano

Dont Quote me on the 0 for those, but that the general Idea... I don't speak Italian so I might not have the spelled right.

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GM alos used it.

GTO=Gran Turismo Olagato (I think)
GTA=Gran Turismo Americano

Dont Quote me on the 0 for those, but that the general Idea... I don't speak Italian so I might not have the spelled right.
GTO = Gran Turismo Omologato = Grand Touring Homologated

It used to be that race cars required some minimum number produced to qualify them for racing, producing that number of cars meant that the model was homologated and could race in the series.

The "GTA" designation, on a '67 Mustang at least, meant "Grand Touring Automatic" for the 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission.

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Originally Posted by Kyle F
GM alos used it.

GTO=Gran Turismo Olagato (I think)
GTA=Gran Turismo Americano

Dont Quote me on the 0 for those, but that the general Idea... I don't speak Italian so I might not have the spelled right.
GTO was first used in 1962 on the Ferrari 250 Gran Tourismo Omologato

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I thought it was "Garage Toy" . Damn … wrong again!

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I thought it was "Great Taillights"...cause that's all the other cars get to see!

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I thought it was for "Get The hell out of my way".

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GTO was first used in 1962 on the Ferrari 250 Gran Tourismo Omologato
This is true, GM blatantly ripped it off from Ferrari. Though since the cars were no where near the same type Ferrari never cared. I bet that wouldn't happen today if GM released a Impala Maranello or something

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This is true, GM blatantly ripped it off from Ferrari. Though since the cars were no where near the same type Ferrari never cared. I bet that wouldn't happen today if GM released a Impala Maranello or something
Ever wonder where GM got the names

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Thump,

I don't know if you were kidding or not but

International. Race. Of. Champions (IROC)

Trans AM = I think this came from the Trans Am series racing in the 60's

Grand AM = Again pretty sure this came from a race series but not sure.

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International. Race. Of. Champions (IROC)
Where I grew up, this always stood for Italian Rejects Out cruisin'.

And those cars were ALWAYS driven by the same guys who thought they looked good wearing 15 gold chains and some speedos on the beach.

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