SOLD: 1970 Pontiac Trans Am - Ram Air III

Polar White (10) over Lucerne Blue (201), 4BBL 400 Ram Air III V8 (WS), M20 4-speed manual transmission, Numbers matching, Restored, Less than 50 miles since completion, No expense spared, PHS invoice and window sticker.

This 1970 1/2 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was built at the Norwood, Ohio plant and shipped to Sam Swope Pontiac in Louisville, Kentucky (still in business) on May 11, 1970.  It came equipped with the Ram Air III 4BBL 400 V8 producing 335 hp and an M20 wide-ratio manual transmission (both still with the car).  Other factory options include: Radio Pushbutton -W/S Ant (U63), Speaker -Rear Seat (U80), Mouldings-Decor (Y80), Custom Seat Belts and Front Shoulder Belts (AK1), Trunk Fitted Floor Mat (B42), and Door Edge Guards (B93).

Purchased in good, original condition out of a private collection in 2006, this Trans Am has since been restored. Having covered less than 50 miles since completion in 2010, it is still in ‘as-new’ mechanical and cosmetic condition.  Hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars have been spent finishing the body and chassis to an extremely high standard.  The underside of the car is as nice as the top side, with a large amount of attention being paid to its stock ‘as-delivered’ configuration.  The only stock deviations on the car are bolt-in subframe connectors and a Flowmaster 2.5” dual exhaust (both easily removed if a fully stock setup is preferred).

The 400 cubic inch engine is original, numbers matching, and was completely rebuilt during the restoration.  While apart, the engine was fully balanced and hardened valve seats were installed (and setup for modern fuel).  The correct Rochester Quadrajet carburetor has been fully rebuilt to factory specifications.  The M20 transmission is numbers matching as well, has been inspected, and shifts smoothly with all the correct tags, castings, and stamps present.  The Trans-Am starts, runs, and drives as-new, producing every bit of the factory advertised 335 horsepower.  Period Hot Rod Magazine road test results quote a 0-60 time of 6.0 seconds and a 1/4 mile of 14.6 seconds - very respectable numbers even today, especially considering all of the technological advancements since.

Over $100,000 has been invested in this Trans Am following a decision to make this example the ‘right car’ regardless of cost. The client’s long-term plan was to keep the car but now that plan has changed to make way for other interests, thus offering a shrewd buyer the opportunity to capitalize on someone else’s investment.  This is an opportunity to own an excellent, restored example of one of Pontiac’s most iconic body styles at a cost far less than what has been invested.


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