Car: Pontiac GTO Ram-Air III 2-Door Hardtop
What makes it special: It was the second year for GM's A-Body platform. It featured the Endura nose that was able to withstand low impact collisions, headlights of the horizontal layout, with a hidden headlight option at extra cost. The '69 also eliminated the door-vent windows, and now had the ignition switch moved from the dashboard to the steering column, with now locked the steering once the key was removed, a year ahead of Federal requirements. Plus, the rear quarter-panel mounted side marker lamps changed from a red lens shaped like the Pontiac "V" crest to one shaped like the GTO badge.
What made it famous: The GTO's 360 hp 400HO V8 was now upgraded to the Ram Air III, rated at 366 hp at 5,100 rpm. A Hurst T-handle shifted 4-speed manual transmission, hood mounted tachometer and Rally II wheels ( with trim rings ) were just some of the features that made it so popular.
Why I would want one: Most people jump at the chance to own "The Judge" model, which was a low-cost GTO that was stripped of it's features to be more competitive with Plymouth's Road Runner, but I kind of like having the GTO with some of the creature comforts, and with the various "Ram-Air" V8 engine levels that were offered, it still had more than enough power to be impressive on the street.
Fun fact: The GTO was outsold by both Chevrolet's Chevelle SS396 and Plymouth's Road Runner, but 72,287 GTO's were sold during the 1969 model year, with 6,833 of them being The Judge.
( 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram-Air III photo from conceptcarz.com )