• Numbers matching engine, four-speed transmission
• Finished in rare Lucerne Blue
• Fully documented with factory window sticker and Pontiac Historic Services paperwork
• Pontiac Southern Nationals Best in Show Winner
400 cid Ram Air V-8 with 345 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front coil suspension and rear leaf springs, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 108"
When the decade of the 1970s dawned, change was on the horizon in the American automobile. The fire breathing dragons that had prowled the streets in the 1960s were becoming extinct as gas prices were on the rise and insurance rates for powerful cars were going up. Despite the pressure to cool things down a bit, some of Detroit’s car builders still had a few tricks up their sleeves. The famous Chevelle was still available with a 450 horsepower V-8, and Ford still marketed a Mustang known as “The Boss” with a 429. One other hero of the musclecar era that had not given up yet was Pontiac, who was still a major player in the game. After years with its GTO and Firebird lines, Pontiac had a reputation for building powerful cars and, for 1970, they still had a 400 cubic-inch V-8 that was fast and powerful. Available in the intermediate sized Firebird, the 345 horsepower V-8 had everything the Firebird needed to beat the competition and a Ram Air option made performance even better. Clearly, the Firebird was a musclecar that was built for business; a job it did well indeed.
Offered here is an excellent example of this most iconic musclecar in the way of a 1970 Firebird Trans Am finished in attractive Lucerne Blue, a color that just 1,046 left the factory with in 1970. This example is also fitted with the optional white rally stripe and Ram Air hood scoop, which put the Trans Am on a whole new level. This Pontiac is a numbers matching car and carries its documentation from Pontiac Historic Services. Formerly from the noted Wayne Davis Collection, this Firebird was the subject of a full restoration and it has been driven sparingly since. It also carries its matching 400 cubic-inch V-8 that it left the factory with and is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The Firebird Trans Am was not a car that relied heavily on an overload of chrome, as its sleek and smooth lines were both aesthetically pleasing and aerodynamic. Indeed, only the rear used a chrome bumper while the front used a lower air dam below the parking lamps and a rear spoiler handled air deflection at the rear. The concours level Lucerne Blue paint is nicely set off by correct Goodyear Polyglas GT tires that are mounted on Pontiac Rally rims. The chassis is also nicely detailed and carries the fine workmanship of its concours level restoration. The exhaust system is factory stock and the sound that emanates from its chrome tailpipes literally defines the classic musclecar era. On the inside, this Firebird carries a plethora of amenities that make it a truly comfortable car. Bucket seats with a center console and glove box make for a sporty appearance while the four-speed shifter has an all-business look. A tachometer counts RPMs and all gauges are clean and clear. This Firebird is also fitted with the AM/FM radio and optional factory 8-track tape player. All door panels, carpet, and upholstery are as new and this is a Firebird that carries a superior degree of comfort with power steering and power brakes. The heart of this Firebird is its 400 cubic-inch V-8 complete with Ram Air that makes for 345 horsepower. The engine compartment is beautifully detailed with correct factory colors, hose clamps, hoses, and wiring. Chrome valve covers add a touch of sparkle, but the real attention getter is the large Ram Air intake on top of the engine that makes this a special car. The level of detail in the restoration of this car is nicely displayed in the trunk, which carries the correct mat, spare tire, and jack.
Pontiac is now long gone and when the last one rolled off the line, the door closed on a chapter in automotive history. This four-speed Ram Air III, with its desirable and brilliant paint, excellent mechanicals, and historical documentation is a prime example of just how great a Pontiac could be and allows the next caretaker the opportunity to experience all the Trans Am had to offer.
1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air III