There are MANY reasons to love classic cars. Most people drive them because they look good and sound cool. A lot of folks enjoy them because of the memories they’ve made in them. And some savvy collectors buy them based on numbers alone. Well, every once in a while a car like this awesome 1969 Trans Am comes along and presents the rare opportunity to bundle all of those attractive traits into one exceptionally cool package. It’s a Pontiac, so it automatically looks good and sounds cool. Since it’s some of the most storied American muscle ever built, I’m willing to bet everyone has at least one great memory of the car. And, as a documented classic that’s 1 of only 689 produced, 1 of only 114 Ram Air III/Turbo-Hydramatic 400 platforms, and 1 of only 29 Ram Air III/Turbo-Hydramatic 400 platforms equipped with factory air conditioning, it definitely has impressive numbers. If you’re looking for a fully documented, no excuses muscle car to anchor your high end collection, this rotisserie restored Pontiac is your next #1!
Since we’re already talking numbers, here’s a barrage of castings, stamps and sequences that prove both the authenticity of this Trans Am’s assembly and the accuracy of its restoration:
* ENGINE STAMP --- “YW”: 335 horsepower, 400 cubic inch Firebird Ram Air III V8 that’s equipped with 10.75 to 1 compression, a 4-barrel carburetor and an automatic transmission.
* ENGINE CASTING --- 9790071: 335 horsepower, 400 cubic inch V8 that was cast in 1969.
* ENGINE PARTIAL VIN --- 29N110438: 2 = Pontiac, 9 = 1969 model year, N = Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility, 110438 = Last six digits of the car’s vehicle identification number.
* CYLINDER HEAD CASTINGS --- 62 : 400 cubic inch V8 that’s equipped with one 4-barrel Quadrajet carburetor.
* EXHAUST MANIFOLD CASTINGS --- 9779495 (Driver’s side): 400 cubic inch Firebird Ram Air engine. 9797073 (Passenger’s side): 400 cubic inch Firebird Ram Air engine.
* CARBURETOR NUMBER --- 7029270 XA: 70 = before 1976, 29 = 1969 model year, 2 = 49 state emissions code, 7 = Pontiac division, 0 = automatic transmission, XA = plant code.
* TRANSMISSION TAG --- 69 PQ 1058: 69 = 1969 model year, PQ = 400 cubic inch Ram Air V8 that’s equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor, 1058 = transmission VIN.
* AXLE CODE --- 113 ZHZF: Safe -T –Track differential that’s equipped with 3:23 gears (which were standard on air conditioned cars).
* COWL TAG
* --- 69: 1969 model year
* --- 22337: 2 = Pontiac, 23 = Firebird, 37 = 2-door sport coupe
* --- NOR: Assembled at GM’s Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility
* --- 70355: Fisher Body sequence number
* --- 200: Dark Blue Standard interior trim
* --- 50: Cameo Ivory lower exterior paint
* --- 50: Cameo Ivory upper exterior paint
* --- 08E: Assembled during the fifth (E) week of August (08)
Okay, numbers aside, what’s the status of this storied Pontiac? And more importantly, how fresh is the car? Well, at the 2007 Pontiac-Oakland meet in Tulsa, Oklahoma it walked away with a Gold Award in the Restored Class, scoring 372 out of a possible 400 points. It’s seen fewer than a hundred miles of very careful road time since undergoing a world class restoration. And aesthetically, it looks and feels new in virtually every way. A close inspection reveals creamy Cameo White paint that lies flat and smooth under straight Tyrol Blue stripes and an excellent Tyrol Blue tail panel. Speaking of panels, their fit and finish has been massaged to much higher tolerances than any of the good folks at Norwood would’ve ever dreamed. And overall, this is one very clean muscle car!
Originally envisioned as an engineering piece that would show the world what Pontiac could do on the race track, the 1969 Trans Am was basically an engine and appearance package by the time it made the leap from concept to production. Much of Pontiac’s top brass openly derided the car because they felt the GTO Judge was a better answer to the same question and the 1970 Trans Am, which was said to be a whole new league of pony car, was just around the corner. Little did those folks know that 60s Pontiac folklore would combine with the limited sales of the ’69 model to kick start a legacy of visual excitement that would last over three decades! At the front of this pristine ‘bird, a new for ‘69 Endura nose hangs Trans Am-specific grilles, which are complete with a silver arrowhead and a white inlayed “PONTIAC” script, between four T3 headlights. Below those headlights, the car’s sculpted front valence perfectly aligns ornate parking lights above a Trans Am specific chin spoiler. And above those headlights, the car’s imposing hood props “RAM AIR” branded scoops in front of satin stainless wipers. At the sides of the car, expressive ''coke bottle'' character lines are highlighted by a standard chrome mirror, dent-free stainless body moldings and traditional GM door handles. Between those bolt-ons, small “TRANS AM” call-outs combine with Trans Am-specific air extractors and highly detailed Firebird marker lights to add just the right amount of texture to glossy white paint. At the top of the car, like-new glass is framed by straight stainless trim and fresh chrome drip rails. And at the back of the car, a Trans Am-specific decklid spoiler props a large horizontal “TRANS AM” call-out above clear, pyramid-style tail lights, highly detailed Firebird and “PONTIAC” emblems and a great looking, body-width chrome bumper.
Under this Trans Am’s sculpted steel hood you’ll find a fully rebuilt motor that starts quick, runs perfectly and produces the kind of confident roar that old school Pontiacs are known for! At the top of the car’s clean block, a fully functional induction system feeds roughly 50 degree air into a correct Rochester Quadrajet carburetor. Below that carburetor, a correct intake and original cylinder heads force high octane combustion through original long branch exhaust manifolds. Heat from that combustion is controlled by a leak-free radiator which is hooked to reproduction GM hoses, reproduction tower clamps and an original plastic fan shroud that features a correct grease mark. The block itself displays a slick coat of correct Turquoise paint from its intake all the way to its oil pan. The car’s fenders, firewall and hood are covered in a smooth coat of GM satin black. Niceties such as fresh chrome valve covers, a correct AC compressor, a reproduction Delco Energizer battery, a fresh brake booster and a full set of decals can be found in all the right places. And aesthetically, this F1’s highly detailed engine bay is 100% ready for show!
Take a look at the bottom of this Pontiac and you’ll find an immaculately restored undercarriage with rock solid satin black floor pans. Behind the high revving motor, an original Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed sends power to an original 10 bolt rear end that’s equipped with a correct Safe-T-Track differential and correct 3.23 gears. That solid drivetrain is centered on the car’s original double A-arm front and rear leaf spring suspension. At the head of that suspension, factory power steering provides easy turns and competent handling. At the corners of that suspension, standard power front disc and rear drum brakes provide modern stopping power. And at the back of that suspension, a fresh stainless fuel tank sends go juice through new stainless fuel lines. Naturally, all the car’s hardware and bushings appear to be in like-new condition. There’s a stainless, factory replacement exhaust system that employs all the right components and makes all the right sounds. And power meets the pavement through original 14 inch GM Rally II wheels which spin familiar Goodyear Polyglas F70-14 white letter tires around pristine stainless trim rings and awesome “PMD” branded center caps.
Pop this Trans Am’s solid white doors and you’ll find a correct GM code 200 blue vinyl interior that’s been brought back to life with a series of high quality reproduction pieces. The plush bucket seats, which were rebuilt and re-covered during the restoration, provide comfortably firm support and display no fading or tears. Below those seats, new blue carpet shows minimal wear and has likely been carefully protected by fresh arrowhead branded floor mats since it was installed. Above those seats, a stain-free headliner stretches tightly from the car’s new A-pillar trim to its fresh sail panels. Between those seats, a familiar F-Body console still features its factory optioned ‘wood’ trim. At the front of the car, a clean dash makes room for the speedometer as well the inclusive gas, temperature, oil and generator gauges. To the right of those gauges, controls for the car’s factory heat and air conditioning ride above a correct Delco radio. At the sides of the car, original one-piece door panels anchor well-maintained armrests between complete stainless trim and chrome handles for the doors and windows. In front of the driver, a familiar Sport steering wheel spins a wood rim and three satin finished spokes around a vivid “PMD” branded horn button. And behind the cockpit, the car’s fully restored trunk props a correct spare tire and a correct jack assembly on a traditional houndstooth mat.
The sale of this storied Tin Indian includes some original dealer marketing materials, an original owner’s manual, the car’s original warranty paperwork, pictures and talking points from the car’s world class restoration, a full Pontiac Historic Services packet, Pontiac-Oakland judging sheets and, of course, the car’s coveted Pontiac-Oakland Gold Award.
Even though it’s incredibly well-sorted, this first generation Trans Am is a true too-nice-to-drive car. From its silky white surfaces draped with slick blue stripes to its fantastic, as-new trim, this Pontiac exceeds all expectations. RK Motors Charlotte has sold no less than eight 1969 Trans Ams over the past four years. So when we say this is one blue chip Pontiac that will truly anchor your collection, you can buy with confidence!