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Pontiac Firebird Trans Am - 1969
The firebird trans am made an unobtrusive entrance in the 1969 model year, with only 697 produced. Yet within the short span of three years it had supplanted the, gto as pontiacs leading performance model, and it was one of the few muscle cars to survive the oil-price shocks and gas shortages of the 1970s.
Top speed of 108 mph engine typedrivetrain: V8
displacement 400 cu. In (6.6 l) power rating 335-345 hp
transmission 3-speed manual; 4-speed manual and 3-speed automatic optional
chassis: Front coil spring and rear multi-leaf-spring suspension; Front disc, rear drum brakes; 3,375-3,815 lbs.
price: $3,546 for the coupe
Ram-air v8 power
what pontiac called the trans am performance and appearance package was a $725 option offered for firebird hardtops and convertibles and named for the trans american sedan racing series for pony cars. Its performance was powered by the 400-cu.-in., 335hp ram-air iii v8 engine, with the 345hp ram air iv as optional. A road test found that the trans am could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and do the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds from a standing start.
full-width rear wing
the appearance part of the trans am package included a 5-ft. Airfoil spanning the rear, special full-length functional hood air scoops and functional air outlets on the sides directly behind the front wheels. Clad in white paint, the trans
am had two blue stripes running along the full length of the hood and rear deck. Interior appointments included bucket seats.
The firebird trans am made a quiet debut in 1969, but it was destined to become pontiacs best-selling performance car.
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