Auburn Spring | Lot 2104

1974 Pontiac Firebird



$75,000 - $85,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

9 May 2015

This rare 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty 455 that is being offered is a beautifully restored example that, along with running the rare and coveted 455-cid Super Duty V-8, is said to have its correct drivetrain and has the correct intake and correct carburetor. The power output is listed as 290 to 310 horsepower, but most serious observers believe that these figures are quite conservative. All Super Duty engines were built by hand; they have a fortified engine block with four-bolt main bearings, forged pistons, free-flow round-port heads, Ram Air exhaust manifolds, 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor and a uniquely cast block that allows easy conversion to a dry-sump oiling system per factory specifications. This represents the last year for true dual-exhausts and no federal emission controls. The powerful engine is connected to an automatic transmission. The standard gear ratio for the Super Duty model is 3.42:1.

The Trans Am has a deluxe cloth interior in black with bucket seats and center console. It is important to convey that this is a well-equipped car with many options. Among these coveted extras is air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, factory 8-track tape player, honeycomb factory alloy wheels, sport mirrors, hood graphics; power windows, door locks, steering and brakes.

The Buccaneer Red color on this car (Code 75) was one of three tones available and is the original color for this car. An engine-turned dashboard and full instrumentation that includes a tachometer with integrated clock along with an array of spoilers, fender flares and shaker hood scoop provide an exciting visual platform for this uncommon musclecar. Many respected experts consider the 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty (SD) 455 to be the last true American musclecar. Only 943 Super Duty Trans Ams were produced in this model year; 731 with the automatic transmission, as seen in this car.

The owner has noted that among the identifiers with this car are the engine block having Y8, which equals a 1974 SD with automatic; sequential VIN number matches; the carb number is correct; the engine block was intentionally left untouched and is displayed in its original paint; there is an original SD decal on the valve cover; and it is reported with the original and correct heads, intake and exhaust manifold.

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