http://www.musclecaroftheweek.com - 1973 was past the prime for most Muscle Cars, but this 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 begs to differ.    The Super Duty 455 engine was a special heart for a rare bird, and this car is a great example of one of the last great first generation Muscle Cars from Pontiac.

 

There are certain muscle cars that are wildly famous even though they have astoundingly low production numbers. This week's car is just such an animal. Here, we present the very first of the 8 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertibles ever produced. All eight were painted white with blue stripes, but seven had blue interiors, and one had a white interior.  Four are automatic transmission cars, and the other four have manual gearboxes. This car has the blue interior, and options like power windows and a power convertible top. It is powered by a RAIII Pontiac 400 and has just received an immaculate restoration.  We spoke with restorer Gary Riley at the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals about the uniqueness of this amazing car in the Brothers Collection.

 

It's no secret that Muscle Car performance was on the decline after 1970 or so, but Pontiac engineers pressed on when they created the Super Duty Trans Am package, which was still a screamer in 1974.    The SD-455 was a remarkable engine, a legit race-bred machine among the plummeting compression ratios and horsepower levels of other V8s of the day.  This is a great example of a low-mile and correct 1974 SD-455 Trans Am from the Brothers Collection.

 

 


This is the Trans-Am that started it all… the first-generation 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am, complete with it's understated styling, high-performance suspension, and the highly sought-after 345 HP Ram Air IV V8 / Muncie 4-speed driveline.   It's a rare bird for sure, and we're honored to be able to share this prized Muscle Car from the Brothers Collection.