Introduced mid-way through the 1970 model year due to ongoing labor unrest at the Norwood, Ohio Assembly Plant, General Motors’ new-generation “F-Body” Pontiac Firebird was offered only as a sleek fastback coupe featuring handsome, European-influenced styling. Ranging from the sophisticated standard models to the luxurious Esprit and subtle GT-style Formula 400, the Trans Am was the undoubted performance leader, of which just 3,196 were built for 1970.
The Trans Am’s powerful 400 CI V-8 engine – available in 366-HP Ram Air III or 370-HP Ram Air IV specification – featured a highly efficient reverse-facing, solenoid-actuated “Shaker” air scoop that opened on demand to deliver cool air to the hungry mill. While the Trans Am’s straight-line performance equaled or surpassed most factory-available American supercars, responsive handling and strong braking defined this great all-around road car.
The sleek, muscular body of the Trans Am incorporated such functional aerodynamic enhancements as a full-width front air dam reducing front-end lift, wheel well fairings, and a rear decklid spoiler generating useful downforce. Specially tuned underpinnings included variable-ratio power steering, high-rate coil springs, heavy-duty front and rear anti-sway bars, 10.94-inch front brake discs , and 9.5-inch rear drums. Fat, low-profile F60X15 Goodyear Polyglas tires wrapped around five-spoke Rally II wheels provided road contact. Inside, the Trans Am featured a smart engine-turned dash appliqué, full instrumentation including a large central tach and speedometer, supportive high-back front bucket seats, and a full range of available options. Once ready for press introductions, the entire Firebird line and especially the Trans Am were the subject of intense focus, and the cars did not disappoint. At the dragstrip, Hot Rod magazine clocked a 13.9-second ET at 102 mph with a Ram Air III Trans Am.
Featuring the rare color combination of Lucerne Blue paint, Cameo White stripes, and Blue interior upholstery, this outstanding 1970 ½ Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one of only 1,769 produced with the Ram Air III V-8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Now offered from long-term single-owner care, it continues to benefit from a full concours-level restoration with excellent preservation. Outstanding features include the presence of the factory-correct tags and markings underhood, a Hurst shifter, AM-FM radio with under-dash 8-Track tape player, power brakes, power steering with tilt column, a remote driver’s side mirror, rare seat headrests, and Rally II wheels mounting bright trim rings and correct reproduction F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GT tires.
When new, Car and Driver magazine’s road test report described the Trans Am as “…a hard-muscled, lightning-flexed commando of a car, the likes of which doesn’t exist anywhere in the world, even for twice the price.” Now, with this highly-optioned 1970 ½ Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, you can experience and enjoy the legend first-hand!