Pontiac Trans Am: The Unexpected Victor Of The Pony Cars

Mar 23, 2021 2 min read
Pontiac Trans Am: The Unexpected Victor Of The Pony Cars

Pontiac was able to distance itself from the Camaro for most of its production run, standing out as a whole separate model.

While in later model years the lines between the Firebird and Camaro did become a bit blurred, in the beginning the two only shared a chassis and a drive to conquer the pony car market. Like with so many cars of the time, the racetrack was a major tool of promotion and by 1969 Pontiac had plans for a 5.0-liter engine that would qualify the car in the SCCA Trans Am Series race. Unfortunately, the engine never made its way into any of the production cars and the Firebird never qualified but an iconic name was born along with an epic color scheme.

In 1994, Pontiac celebrated the Trans Am’s 25th year of production with a special edition run consisting of 2,000 white and blue Trans Ams. Although this nostalgic color scheme was the only color option, production was split between convertible, hardtop, and T-top body styles. Following the Corvettes example, the Trans Ams were powered by a 350-cid, 270-horsepower 5.7-liter LT1 engine paired with either a T-56 manual or 4L60 automatic transmission. Other equipment included a 10-bolt rear-end, ABS brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, side mirrors, and seats, and tilt steering wheel.

For enthusiasts wanting to add one of these 25th anniversary Trans Ams to their collection, Raleigh Classic Car Auctions is offering this stunning example with only 4,298 actual miles. It is equipped with an automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear-end with a 3.23:1 gear ratio. Don’t miss this awesome second chance to drive off in a highly collectible limited edition Trans Am.

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