This was the car everyone was afraid to see in their rear-view mirror in 1971. The Trans Am graduated to big horsepower in 1971, and this one sports its original, numbers-matching 455 HO motor along with that classic Trans Am paint scheme to create one of the most intimidating cars of the era.
Restored in the early 2000s and in long-term ownership dating back more than 20 years, this car has an awesome pedigree. Cameo White made a return as the Trans Am's standard color, topped by a single blue stripe with a shadow effect that actually looks really cool. Only 2116 Trans Ams were built in 1971, so seeing one then or today isn't exactly a common occurrence, but there's no mistaking it when you see it. The paint shines up well with only a few minor signs of use and the proper decals were all reinstalled as needed to give it a factory-correct look. The deep chin spoiler, Endura front bumper, and ducktail spoiler on the trunk lid all make this car look extremely aggressive and there's no denying the appeal of the big scoop poking out through the hood. Overall gaps are good, the nose cone fits better than most, and even the rear spoiler lines up as it wraps around the bodywork, all signs that the guys who worked on this car knew what they were doing.
The blue bucket seat interior was equally well restored using factory-style materials and patterns. There's a lot of pleating going on, but that was the style and it does give the T/A a very performance-oriented look. That image is assisted by a center console and a 3-spoke steering wheel that looks very European in its design, and the view over that long, low hood is simply spectacular. The original instrument panel (included with sale) has been replaced by a very cool custom gauge panel with a full complement of top of the line Auto Meter American Muscle gauges that glow red when you turn on the headlights. There's also an AM/FM radio in the dash, new carpets throughout, and an extremely nice dash pad on top to make it look finished. The trunk is correctly outfitted with a reproduction mat as well as a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
This is the car's original, numbers-matching 455 HO engine which has been rebuilt with a few internal tricks to add power without changing the stock look. There's a Ram Air IV camshaft and forged pistons working in conjunction with the original heads and intake. Ram Air Restorations supplied a set of their new cast iron exhaust manifolds, and everything lives under the big air cleaner so it looks like the factory intended. The heavy-duty, freshly built TH400 3-speed automatic snaps through the gears smoothly yet with authority and the brake system offers braided brake hoses and a new brake booster and lines. A 2.5-inch exhaust system with transverse muffler gives it a spectacular sound and the very clean undercarriage shows a car that has been nicely maintained since the restoration was completed. Factory Rally II wheels are standard equipment and wear 245/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials at all four corners.
Documented with the original Protect-O-Plate and owner's manual, this highly desirable Trans Am gets all the big stuff right. It's also in exactly the right condition to simply go out and have fun with your big block Poncho. Call today!