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Pontiac Trans Am Is A Third-Gen Charmer

By Elizabeth Puckett May 08, 2019
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By Elizabeth Puckett May 08, 2019
Is it time to stop overlooking the third-generation Trans Am?

Over the last few years, popularity of the third generation run of the F-Body has seen a surprising spike, but more times than not, it’s the third-gen Camaro that’s getting the spotlight, not the humble Pontiac variant. However, if you look the market on a shorter timeline, you’ll see strong interest in the same year run Pontiac Firebirds, Formulas, and Trans Ams, and for good reason. This 1986 Pontiac Trans Am is a beautiful example of the generation, as well as the modern classic American market that’s largely underestimated. 

The curb appeal of this car is an instant indicator that it’s been very well cared for, and the listing lends that the car has only served two owners in the 33 years it has spent on the road. It is covered in a recently painted vibrant shade of red, with an outlined white hood bird to properly represent the Firebird moniker, and Trans Am graphics that were reapplied after the paint job - the entire appearance is highlighted by this exciting color scheme. 

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Once you slide behind the wheel, you’ll be impressed by the exceptionally clean interior, which was largely restored from scratch. The bucket seats up front, and bench-style seats in the cabin’s rear sport new seat covers over new foam padding, for an experience that recreates that of what it was like when it left the factory. 

It comes equipped with the original powertrain, a 305 Chevy Small Block engine. The SBC sits in a well-maintained engine bay, and is backed by a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive for comfortable highway cruising. 

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Overall, this Trans Am is highly original, and represents what collectors are out there searching for in the 3rd-gen F-Body market - a market that is largely crowded with engine swaps and heavily modified cars with years of abuse on the clock. It’s a new arrival at Streetside Classics, so don’t expect it to last very long! 


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