By now youve probably realized RK Motors Charlotte employs quite a few diehard Pontiac fans. I mean, after all, RKMC does attract people who bleed 100 octane racing fuel; and Pontiac, at its core, was completely dedicated to selling outrageous metal to serious gearheads. So naturally, we cant help but melt like a hot tire in a staging lane when we find a tin indian like this investment grade Trans Am Super Duty. Fully restored and highly accurate throughout, this pristine, big block Poncho, 1 of only 180 cars equipped with an automatic transmission, features factory air conditioning and a numbers-matching drivetrain. If you missed the opportunity to take home our documented southwest Super Duty http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/sold#!/1973-Pontiac-Firebird-Trans-Am-Super-Duty/133266 a few months ago, this awesome Cameo Firebird is your second chance to become king of the muscle car hill!
Assembled at GMs Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility, this clean F2 Trans Ams factory-accurate appearance is simply spectacular. The cars rounded body seems to have been fairly straight when its restoration began, and given that bodys distinct lack of rust, it should come as no surprise that panel gaps are excellent and fit feels rock-solid. Of course, by the looks of this Pontiacs super smooth finish, someone mustve spent weeks alone blocking and sanding every one of its panel in hopes of forming a laser-straight showpiece. And once the cars correct coat of Cameo White basecoat was sealed in a glossy clearcoat and decorated with subdued Trans Am call-outs, they definitely accomplished that goal. Today, with a high quality restoration that left no bolt unturned, and a unique visual sizzle thats as classy as it is aggressive, this top notch Super Duty is a highly desirable example of a major milestone in Pontiac history!
Now, before we dive into specifics, Ill go ahead and breakdown this white hot coupes VIN and cowl tag.
V: Trans Am
87: Sport coupe
X: 455 cubic inch Super Duty V8
3: 1973 model year
N: Assembled at GMs Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
140124: Production sequence number
73 - 1973 model year
2FS87 - 2: Pontiac FS: Firebird 87: Two-door coupe
N - Assembled at GMs Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
187935 - Fisher body unit number
471 - Deluxe Burgundy vinyl interior
11 - Cameo White lower body
11 - Cameo White upper body
06C - Assembled during the third week of June, 1973
A51 - Bucket seats
WS4 - Trans Am
740586 - Fisher time date code
1973 was a defining year for the Firebird. Sales were slow and new low speed crash mandates required that the car either be completely redesigned or jump on the bandwagon of hideous and hastily done nose jobs that were creeping into every automakers showroom. GM adamantly refused to spend money on a redesign because of low sales. So Pontiac assembled a talented engineering staff which managed to blend both functionality and style into the profile you see here. At the front of that profile, a straight and glossy Endura bumper hangs a familiar, 2-piece Pontiac grille between clear halogen headlights and chrome-trimmed parking lamps. At the top of that grille, a great looking SD-455 branded shaker rides in front of pristine greenhouse glass thats bordered by bright stainless trim. At the sides of that shaker, body-matched sport mirrors reflect traditional Pontiac fender vents, conservative chrome door handles and correct white fender flares. And at the back of the car, a centered PONTIAC script hangs between an optional decklid spoiler, a pair of pristine exhaust tips, the last small tail lights to ever adorn a Trans Am, and the final chrome bumper to ever adorn a Trans Am.
The heart of any muscle car is its engine, and this Firebirds brawny Super Duty moniker is no misnomer. These largely hand-built monsters, which feature significantly reinforced components, share little more than a displacement number with their more common brothers. And this cars highly detailed SD-455, which hangs a correct 490132 casting number and November (K) 11th (11), 1972 (2) casting date behind a correct XD engine stamp and matching partial VIN, has been completely rebuilt to its original showroom glory. At the top of that big engine, a traditional Trans Am induction system funnels fresh air into a correct 4-barrel carburetor thats bolted to a correct Pontiac intake. That intake sends a high octane air/fuel mixture into unique, high-flow cylinder heads that are equipped with familiar, stamped steel valve covers. And those heads utilize a roster of factory-correct internals to create rocket-like acceleration. That combustion is sparked by a traditional points distributor, which sequences fire through fresh Hi Temp Silicone Wires. Spent gases are handled by fully restored exhaust manifolds, which roar into mandrel-bent, true-dual pipes. And heat from that combustion is controlled by a leak-free radiator, which services fresh hoses via correct tower clamps and a correct plastic shroud. Aesthetically, this Trans Ams first class engine bay is 100% ready for show. The mighty mill displays a slick coat of correct Pontiac Turquoise all the way from its intake to its oil pan. The cars fenders, firewall and hood are covered in a smooth layer of GM Satin Black. And niceties such as new decals, a factory Frigidaire/Harrison air conditioning system and a fresh Delco Moraine brake booster are found in all the right places.
At the bottom of this slick, second generation Firebird, solid floorpans reflect years of sunny living, and a fully sorted suspension tells the story of excellent maintenance and very little storage time. Behind the monster motor, a virtually indestructible GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission, which wears a 1973 (73) Super Duty-specific (P2Q) tag and a correct partial VIN, sends power to a correct 10 bolt rear end. That rear end, a Detroit Gear Axle (G) produced posi-traction (G) unit that was fitted with 3.08 gears (GY) on June 26th of 1973 (177), does a great job on both the back roads and interstate. Below that stellar powertrain, a rebuilt Trans Am suspension, which includes correct power steering, thicker sway bars, better shocks and stiffer springs, combines with standard issue power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide quick stops and great handling. And at the center of the car, a power boosting true-dual exhaust system utilizes mandrel-bent pipes, an X-shaped crossover and a welded Pypes muffler to bark out a deep, vintage roar. All this road ready hardware rolls on a restored set of Pontiac Rally II wheels which spin proven 235/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around pristine arrowhead center caps. And everything under killer this classic is restored, clean and ready to roll.
When it comes to interior dcor, Pontiacs 70s team was firing on all eight cylinders. While this coupes insignia may be considered overkill, and its horsepower rating might seem relatively modest compared to earlier muscle cars, theres no disputing the beauty of its design. The rebuilt custom bucket seats are supple, firm, and look every bit as nice and rich as their name implies ...For more information please call the seller.