When initially released, the 1st generation Pontiac Firebird faced a fair amount of controversy. It was built with a sense of urgency to compete with the Ford Mustang and was left with similar characteristics to its cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro. Pontiac was determined to set themselves apart and began working on an authentic 2nd generation right away. The new body was heavily influenced by Italian sports car designs thanks to GM styling chief Bill Mitchell's infatuation. The result was an aggressive, stylish, and distinctive pony car that stood out from the rest. The featured 1971 Pontiac Trans Am 455 is a rare beast, one of just 2116 produced, and claims to be almost all original.
The exterior is in showroom condition thanks to its frame-off restoration. It comes in an unmistakable Pontiac blue, with white stripes and the Firebird logo claiming its place above the front grille's twin nostrils. The side of the car is comparatively more subtle, with smooth fender lines and a curved window glass running the length of its long doors. The rear end is flat and exhibits the Pontiac lettering between the twin tail lamps and rear chrome bumper, which complements the upgraded stainless steel exhaust. The look is completed with a set of five-spoke PMD wheels cocooned in Goodrich Radial tires. The interior possesses a beautiful navy blue interior trim with silver accents and a stainless steel dash panel that hosts an original Kenwood radio. The matching blue leather seats have been preserved with great care thanks to the car being homed in a climate-controlled garage. It also featured working air conditioning, for respite on warmer days.
Sure, the Firebird looks good, but what it hides under the hood is equally impressive. Installed is a General Motors-produced Pontiac 455 cubic inch V-8 engine coupled with an automatic transmission to produce a total of 355 HP to the wheels. This Trans Am also comes with the addition of power steering and power brakes.