1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
In 1969, Pontiac wanted to present a model they could homologate for Trans Am racing. As a part of GM, the factory was still under the racing ban, but many car fans and private teams used Pontiac products. So the factory wanted to introduce a version they could easily modify for racing. And that is how the Firebird Trans Am came to be.
To mask their intentions, Pontiac introduced the Firebird Trans Am as a loaded version. It featured big block power from the famous 400 V8 engine with the Ram Air III or IV intake system. But the difference between those engines was significant since the Ram Air IV featured improved engine internals and components.
However, both engine options received ratings of 366 HP, which they underrated. And this special version came with its signature white paint and blue stripes. Also, it had Rally II wheels and other updated equipment. But it wasn’t as popular as Pontiac hoped, so they only sold 634 Firebird Trans Ams. And among those, only eight were convertibles.
The significance of the 1969 Trans Am is that this limited production model encouraged Pontiac to produce the Trans Am for almost all model years after that. And today, it is famous as the top of the line version of the regular Firebird.