Vehicle Description

Gateway Classic Cars Houston showroom is proud to offer for sale one of the six original BFG Tire Bird promo cars. This 1971 Pontiac Trans Am is believed to be the last remaining Tire Bird from that six-car stable. This car is so well documented as to its provenance that a simple Google search on "BFG Tirebird" will produce about 63,000 results, with the first page of the search results producing links to many extensive articles on this car. The car has been featured in Popular Hot Rodding, Firebird Times, Car Craft, Muscle Car Review and Petersens Engine Swap magazines. In 1970, BF Goodrich wanted to promote the street performance capabilities of its new BFG Radial T/A by using their new street performance radial in the SCCA Trans-Am racing series. A suitable car was needed, and the obvious choice was the Pontiac Trans Am. The Tirebird-Firebird moniker was a no-brainer as a result. BFG commissioned T/G Racing to perform the conversion of the six Trans Ams into their promo vehicles. Originally, each was equipped with Pontiac's H.O. 455 CID V8 and a Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission. When its second owner, Tom Senter, purchased it from BFG, the 455 was useless as a result of someone running it without engine oil; so Senter purchased an LS6 454 CID from Berger Chevrolet in Michigan, which remains in the car today. Its fourth owner, a California real estate agent, installed an automatic transmission and converted the 4BBL carb to a 2BBL so his daughter could drive it to school. This car went through a few color iterations, until its current owner found the car, and wanted to restore it to as close to original condition as possible, so he had it repainted in the original Tire Bird livery. Its dark blue paint with its white graphics is exceptionally well done, and its interior has been remarkably well preserved, with the black carpet and seats being in terrific condition. A Hurst dual-gate shifter was installed at one point, giving it a cleaner look than the B&M Star Shifter that its 4th owner installed for his daughter's use. The restoration on this Tire Bird put it in such original condition that it has won numerous awards, including "Outstanding GM Car" and "Editor's Choice award" at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals event. It has been recognized by BF Goodrich Garage for its authenticity, as well. When you buy this car, you'll get plenty of PHS documentation, and a stack of other provenance and articles about it. This car is the real deal, and if you like to have things no one else has, this is the car for you. Powered by its 2nd engine, which is very stout 454 CID LS6 V8 that's backed by a GM TH400 3-speed automatic, this car is definitely able to go as well as it shows. Its Positrac rear has 3.42:1 gears, which provide just the right combination of acceleration capability and highway cruising friendliness, so you may even want to drive it to all of the shows you're going to win. Hedman headers and its true dual exhaust give the cammed LS6 its distinctive muscle car sound, so those near and far will know this 'Bird means business. Those outside will marvel at the extremely well-executed paint, with the precisely replicated graphics that duplicate the original paint scheme so very well. The driver and passenger(s) will appreciate the cold-blowing Vintage Air that was added to the car, which makes being in a black interior tolerable in the summer. A Retrosound AM/FM/Cassette radio replaced the original AM/FM radio, and provides enhanced tuning vs. the original. Additional features and options on this 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am include Aluminum Alloy Minilite wheels, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Raised White Letter Radial Tires, Seat Belts, Tilt Steering Wheel, and Vinyl Seating. For more information on this 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for sale, to see all the HD pictures and videos of it, copy the URL below, and see it at this direct link: . Alternatively, if you want to see it in person, come to our Houston Showroom, located at 1910 Cypress Station Dr, Bldg 200, Houston, TX 77090. You may also call the showroom at (832) 243-6220 or email us at [email protected]

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1419977
  • Price:$139,000
  • Location:O'Fallon, Illinois
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird Trans Am
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:5032
  • Stock Number:HOU1739
  • VIN:GCCHOU1739