4. 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. However, the fans and private teams used many Pontiac products, so the factory wanted to introduce a version people 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 also featured big block power from the famous 400 V8 engine equipped with the Ram Air III or IV intake system. The difference between those engines was significant since the Ram Air IV featured improved engine internals and components. However, they rated them both at 366 HP, which they understated. But, this special version with its signature white paint, blue stripes, Rally II wheels and other equipment was a tough seller.
So, they sold only 634 Firebird Trans Ams and among those, only eight were convertibles. The significance of the 1969 Trans Am is that it influenced Pontiac to produce Trans Ams for most model years as their top of the line version of the regular Firebird.