1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Super Duty Trans Am Super Duty
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By now you’ve probably realized RK Motors Charlotte employs quite a few diehard Pontiac fans. I mean, after all, RKMC does attract people who bleed 100 octane racing fuel; and Pontiac, at its core, was completely dedicated to selling outrageous metal to serious gearheads. So naturally, we can’t help but melt like a hot tire in a staging lane when we find a tin indian like this investment grade Trans Am Super Duty. Fully restored and highly accurate throughout, this pristine, big block Poncho, 1 of only 180 cars equipped with an automatic transmission, features factory air conditioning and a numbers-matching drivetrain. If you missed the opportunity to take home our "documented southwest Super Duty":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/sold#!/1973-Pontiac-Firebird-Trans-Am-Super-Duty/133266 a few months ago, this awesome Cameo Firebird is your second chance to become king of the muscle car hill!
Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility, this clean F2 Trans Am’s factory-accurate appearance is simply spectacular. The car’s rounded body seems to have been fairly straight when its restoration began, and given that body’s distinct lack of rust, it should come as no surprise that panel gaps are excellent and fit feels rock-solid. Of course, by the looks of this Pontiac’s super smooth finish, someone must’ve spent weeks alone blocking and sanding every one of its panel in hopes of forming a laser-straight showpiece. And once the car’s correct coat of Cameo White basecoat was sealed in a glossy clearcoat and decorated with subdued Trans Am call-outs, they definitely accomplished that goal. Today, with a high quality restoration that left no bolt unturned, and a unique visual sizzle that’s as classy as it is aggressive, this top notch Super Duty is a highly desirable example of a major milestone in Pontiac history!
Now, before we dive into specifics, I’ll go ahead and breakdown this white hot coupe’s VIN and cowl tag.
* 2: Pontiac
* V: Trans Am
* 87: Sport coupe
* X: 455 cubic inch Super Duty V8
* 3: 1973 model year
* N: Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
* 140124: Production sequence number
* 73 --- 1973 model year
* 2FS87 --- 2: Pontiac FS: Firebird 87: Two-door coupe
* N --- Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
* 187935 --- Fisher body unit number
* 471 --- Deluxe Burgundy vinyl interior
* 11 --- Cameo White lower body
* 11 --- Cameo White upper body
* 06C --- Assembled during the third week of June, 1973
* A51 --- Bucket seats
* WS4 --- Trans Am
* 740586 --- Fisher time date code
1973 was a defining year for the Firebird. Sales were slow and new ‘low speed’ crash mandates required that the car either be completely redesigned or jump on the bandwagon of hideous and hastily done nose jobs that were creeping into every automaker’s showroom. GM adamantly refused to spend money on a redesign because of low sales. So Pontiac assembled a talented engineering staff which managed to blend both functionality and style into the profile you see here. At the front of that profile, a straight and glossy Endura bumper hangs a familiar, 2-piece Pontiac grille between clear halogen headlights and chrome-trimmed parking lamps. At the top of that grille, a great looking “SD-455” branded shaker rides in front of pristine greenhouse glass that’s bordered by bright stainless trim. At the sides of that shaker, body-matched sport mirrors reflect traditional Pontiac fender vents, conservative chrome door handles and correct white fender flares. And at the back of the car, a centered “PONTIAC” script hangs between an optional decklid spoiler, a pair of pristine exhaust tips, the last ‘small’ tail lights to ever adorn a Trans Am, and the final chrome bumper to ever adorn a Trans Am.
The heart of any muscle car is its engine, and this Firebird’s brawny Super Duty moniker is no misnomer. These largely hand-built monsters, which feature significantly reinforced components, share little more than a displacement number with their more common brothers. And this car’s highly detailed SD-455, which hangs a correct 490132 casting number and November (K) 11th (11), 1972 (2) casting date behind a correct “XD” engine stamp and matching partial VIN, has been completely rebuilt to its original showroom glory. At the top of that big engine, a traditional Trans Am induction system funnels fresh air into a correct 4-barrel carburetor that’s bolted to a correct Pontiac intake. That intake sends a high octane air/fuel mixture into unique, high-flow cylinder heads that are equipped with familiar, stamped steel valve covers. And those heads utilize a roster of factory-correct internals to create rocket-like acceleration. That combustion is sparked by a traditional points distributor, which sequences fire through fresh Hi Temp Silicone Wires. Spent gases are handled by fully restored exhaust manifolds, which roar into mandrel-bent, true-dual pipes. And heat from that combustion is controlled by a leak-free radiator, which services fresh hoses via correct tower clamps and a correct plastic shroud. Aesthetically, this Trans Am’s first class engine bay is 100% ready for show. The mighty mill displays a slick coat of correct Pontiac Turquoise all the way from its intake to its oil pan. The car’s fenders, firewall and hood are covered in a smooth layer of GM Satin Black. And niceties such as new decals, a factory Frigidaire/Harrison air conditioning system and a fresh Delco Moraine brake booster are found in all the right places.
At the bottom of this slick, second generation Firebird, solid floorpans reflect years of sunny living, and a fully sorted suspension tells the story of excellent maintenance and very little storage time. Behind the monster motor, a virtually indestructible GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission, which wears a 1973 (73) Super Duty-specific (P2Q) tag and a correct partial VIN, sends power to a correct 10 bolt rear end. That rear end, a Detroit Gear & Axle (G) produced posi-traction (G) unit that was fitted with 3.08 gears (GY) on June 26th of 1973 (177), does a great job on both the back roads and interstate. Below that stellar powertrain, a rebuilt Trans Am suspension, which includes correct power steering, thicker sway bars, better shocks and stiffer springs, combines with standard issue power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide quick stops and great handling. And at the center of the car, a power boosting true-dual exhaust system utilizes mandrel-bent pipes, an X-shaped crossover and a welded Pypes muffler to bark out a deep, vintage roar. All this road ready hardware rolls on a restored set of Pontiac Rally II wheels which spin proven 235/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around pristine arrowhead center caps. And everything under killer this classic is restored, clean and ready to roll.
When it comes to interior décor, Pontiac’s 70s team was firing on all eight cylinders. While this coupe’s insignia may be considered overkill, and its horsepower rating might seem relatively modest compared to earlier muscle cars, there’s no disputing the beauty of its design. The rebuilt custom bucket seats are supple, firm, and look every bit as nice and rich as their name implies. Below those seats, like-new carpet displays no fading or unraveling, and between those seats, a molded burgundy console props an enclosed storage bin behind a chrome shifter and factory 8-track player. At the top of the car, a stain-free headliner stretches tightly from front to back. At the sides of the car, hard to find door panels hang pristine chrome handles between chrome window cranks and full armrests. In front of the driver, an optional tilt steering column spins a black Formula steering wheel around an engine-turned instrument panel, sliders for the car’s air conditioning and an old school Motorola radio. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk hangs a fresh decklid decal above a full-size spare tire and correct jack assembly.
The sale of this pristine pony car includes a few vintage 8-tracks.
If your definition of classic Detroit muscle is a highly accurate, beautifully presented, meticulously crafted Pontiac, it’s your lucky day! This SD-455 is fast, rare, impressive, and very desirable. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your chance to take home a world class, investment grade Trans Am Super Duty!