Lets face it, as car enthusiasts, were ALL nostalgic people; and for every one of us, theres an unforgettable experience or monumental event that sparked a lifelong passion. Whether its a car thats disappeared through the march of time, a character in a high octane movie plot that we admired as kids, or a random neighbors pride and joy that was branded on our psyche, somehow we became the 1% of consumers who purchase a car based on how we feel. When we walk into a showroom, theres no lame practicality discussion or fuel economy banter, we buy the fastest, meanest, gnarliest machine we can find; and you better believe we plan to build it to the point where everyone within a two block radius knows theyre about to witness something unforgettable. For many, that desire to drive the ultimate car translates to the height of the muscle car era and its best combination of performance and visual sizzle: Pontiacs legendary Trans Am. As one of only 46 4-speed Ram Air IV Trans Ams produced for the 1969 model year, this fully restored, 51,445 mile time capsule features all original west coast sheetmetal, a complete numbers matching drivetrain, a highly original interior and full documentation that dates all the way back to the its dealership checklist. If youre a diehard Pontiac fan whos searching for the ultimate Trans Am, or a discerning classic car collector whos looking for some spectacular, investment grade metal, this race-bred muscle car is the opportunity of a lifetime!
Since this elite Firebird is a well-known magazine feature car which comes with a stack of documentation that includes both original dealership forms and modern Pontiac Historical Services paperwork, theres really no question its a real deal Trans Am Ram Air IV. But Im a numbers guy, and I know most of you are too, so Ill go ahead and decode both its VIN and cowl tag just for the sake of authenticity.
337: 2-door coupe, all engines
9: 1969 model year
N: Assembled at GMs Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
1: 8-cylinder engine
05529: Production sequence number
69: 1969 model year
337: 2-door coupe
NOR: Assembled at GMs Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
506019: Production sequence number
200: Blue interior with standard bucket seats
50: Cameo White lower exterior paint
50: Cameo White upper exterior paint
061: Assembled during the first week of June, 1969
D80: Trans Am exclusive rear spoiler code
According to the Pontiac Historical Services documentation included with the sale of this badass tin indian pony car, it was assembled at GMs Norwood Ohio manufacturing facility in June of 1969 and shipped to Bud Meadows Pontiac in Seattle, Washington on July 21st of that same year. After serving as top-notch showroom eye candy for exactly two months, its papers were signed by Seattle resident Carlos Palencia and it began a 36 year run as an immaculately maintained, one owner west coast muscle car. When the second and current owner, an avid Firebird collector, took its keys in the summer of 2005, he inherited a 95% complete survivor that was probably one of the most authentic Trans Am Ram Air IVs in the world. So, instead of polishing the car into an over-restored beauty queen, he documented every square inch of its body and initiated a highly accurate 18 month rotisserie restoration which used as many original parts as possible. Today, with an all original body thats battle dressed in a slick layer of correct GM code 50 Cameo White basecoat, correctly re-stenciled Tyrol Blue racing stripes and correctly placed Trans Am call-outs, it stands proud as a highly desirable example of a major milestone in Pontiac performance history.
Originally envisioned as an engineering piece that would show the world what Pontiac could do on the race track, the 1969 Trans Am was basically an engine and appearance package by the time it made the leap from concept to production. Much of Pontiacs top brass openly derided the car because they felt the GTO Judge was a better answer to the same question and the 1970 Trans Am, which was said to be a whole new league of pony car, was just around the corner. Little did those folks know that 60s Pontiac folklore would combine with the limited sales of the 69 model to kick start a legacy of visual excitement that would last over three decades! At the front of this pristine bird, a new for 69 Endura nose piece hangs Trans Am specific twin black grilles, which are complete with a silver arrowhead and a white inlayed Pontiac script, between four new old stock T3 headlights. Below those headlights, the cars sculpted front valence perfectly aligns ornate parking lights above a Trans Am specific chin spoiler. And above those headlights, the cars impossible to find Ram Air IV hood props long Ram Air scoops in front of original stainless windshield wipers. At the sides of the car, expressive coke bottle character lines are highlighted by a standard chrome drivers mirror, good looking stainless wheel well and rocker moldings, and traditional chrome GM door handles. And small blue Trans Am call-outs combine with Trans Am specific simulated air extractors and highly detailed Firebird logo marker lights to add just the right amount of texture to the bright white paint. At the top of the car, original date coded glass is framed by what appears to be original stainless trim and original chrome drip rails. And at the back of the car, a Trans Am specific 60 inch decklid spoiler props a large horizontal Trans Am call-out above a Tyrol Blue rear valence, clear, pyramid style tail lights, highly detailed Firebird and Pontiac emblems and a great looking body-width chrome bumper.
Lift the cars ducted steel hood and youll find an original L67 Pontiac 400 V8 which wears a correct 9792506 casting number, a February (B) 26th (26) of 1969 (9) casting date, a correct 105529 partial VIN and an L67 specific WH stamp. When the first Ram Air IV rolled out of the factory, Pontiac brass could hardly keep a straight face as they announced it would produce only 345 horsepower. And rightfully so, because after this cars current owner had its stock engine blue printed and rebuilt to AMA specifications by highly regarded Pontiac expert Dan Jensen, it hit the dyno with a whopping 438 horsepower and 452 lb./ft. of torque! At the top of the engine, a fully functional induction system feeds roughly 50 degree air into a correct 7029273 Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor which is bolted to an original Winter aluminum intake. That intake sends a high octane air/fuel mixture into original 722 round port cylinder heads which, with the help of high performance rocker arms, a bigger cam, modern scat connecting rods and an Arma-steel crankshaft, provide the kind of combustion that makes this Trans Am one of the nastiest muscle cars on the road. Spark for that combustion is provided by a factory 1111941 points distributor which sends power from a modern Crane coil and ignition module to date-coded Packard TV R Suppression wires. Exhaust from that combustion is handled by original long branch exhaust manifolds which roar into a stainless true dual exhaust system ...For more information please call the seller.