Lot 143

Driving into Summer

1970 Pontiac Trans Am


$85,800 USD | Sold

United States | Lakeway, Texas



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  • Rotisserie restoration by Trans Am Depot; only 789 miles since completion
  • Retains its original, numbers matching 400 Ram Air III V-8 engine
  • Retains its original, numbers matching four-speed manual transmission; Hurst shifter
  • One of 1,769 Ram Air III Trans Ams built with a manual transmission for 1970
  • Accompanied by window sticker and PHS documents
  • $120,000 invested in this show-quality example

This Pontiac Trans Am was completed in Norwood, Ohio in the third week of June 1970. It left the factory finished in Polar White with a Medium Bright Blue vinyl interior and featured recessed windshield wipers, body color mirrors, Rally gauge cluster with clock and tachometer, power steering, power brakes, dual horns, Formula steering wheel, and Rally II wheels all as standard equipment. It was further optioned with a pushbutton radio, Y80 decor moldings, driver and passenger shoulder belts, a console, Soft-Ray windshield, and a heavy-duty battery, adding $194.85 to the purchase price.

The Trans Am was then sold through Penn Pontiac Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. The car remained in the Maryland area and was modified for dragstrip use. Period stickers accompany the car’s file which proudly display the names of some of the shops that worked on the car. After the Trans Am was retired from drag racing it would end up in Atlanta, Georgia where it remained for a number of years. The car was eventually saved and shipped to the marque specialists at Trans Am Depot in Tallahassee, Florida for a complete rotisserie restoration, returning the Pontiac as close to factory specifications as possible.

With $120,000 invested in this stunning Trans Am, there is no question as to the high-quality work put into the restoration. Since completion, the car has only covered 789 miles and appears as though it just rolled off the showroom floor, down to the factory Rally II wheels with period correct Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. Despite being nearly 50 years old, the Trans Am retains its original, numbers matching 400 Ram Air III V-8 engine. It's paired to its original, numbers matching four-speed manual transmission upgraded with a Hurst shifter. During the restoration subtle modifications were made to the car, including the addition of air conditioning as well as upgrading the sound system while retaining the stock head unit. It is accompanied by a binder of restoration receipts as well as a copy of its window sticker and documentation from the Pontiac Historical Society (PHS). This impressive Trans Am is one of 1,769 Ram Air III examples built for 1970 with a manual transmission, making it particularly desirable among collectors.