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what was the first year for the trans am?

This is a discussion on what was the first year for the trans am? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Originally Posted by big hammer i like the 69, but i almost like the 70 better. what kind times did ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post

    i like the 69, but i almost like the 70 better. what kind times did the 455SD run?
    13.7s to 14.2s ive heard... my dad never did run his

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    13.7s to 14.2s ive heard... my dad never did run his
    he had an SD? sweet! my pops had a 71 455 4 speed judge. sold it in the 80's for $3500

    still trying to track it down but having no luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post
    he had an SD? sweet! my pops had a 71 455 4 speed judge. sold it in the 80's for $3500

    still trying to track it down but having no luck
    the torino the judge the 74 sd all gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    the torino the judge the 74 sd all gone...
    that's why i'll never sell my t\a

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    1970 1/2

    # Debuted again at the Chicago Auto Show on February 26, 1970

    # First year for color option: Cameo White w/ blue stripe or Lucerne Blue w/ white stripe

    # Engine lineup remained the same: 335 HP L-74 or 345 HP LS-1 (Ram Air IV)

    # LS-1 engine required use of a Special Equipment Order form, not an RPO

    # First year for the now-famous “shaker” hood scoop

    # Suspension advances introduced, including the use of front and rear stabilizer bars to improve handling and response

    # Performance time: 14.25 seconds @100.92 mph (quarter-mile)

    # 3,196 total units built, 88 of which were Ram Air IV cars

    1973 trans am

    # Two images for you: “Screaming Chicken” and “SD-455”......

    # First year for the Firebird large hood decal, introduced as an option on the T/A

    # T/A color palette expanded from Cameo White to include Buccaneer Red and Brewster Green, but Lucerne Blue is D/C

    # Standard powerplant is the L-75 455 engine, rated at 250 HP; compression is down to 8.0:1

    # The Super Duty 455 is introduced in the spring of 1973, quite possibly the greatest powerplant ever to sit in a Firebird’s engine bay

    # Rated at 310 hp, the SD doesn’t reach customers until July 1973, amid bickering at Pontiac

    # Performance time: 13.54 seconds @ 103.56 mph (quarter-mile, SD-455)

    # 4,802 total units built, of which 252 were SD-455 T/As; only 72 of these cars were M/T-equipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwax View Post
    1970 1/2

    # Debuted again at the Chicago Auto Show on February 26, 1970

    # First year for color option: Cameo White w/ blue stripe or Lucerne Blue w/ white stripe

    # Engine lineup remained the same: 335 HP L-74 or 345 HP LS-1 (Ram Air IV)
    # LS-1 engine required use of a Special Equipment Order form, not an RPO

    # First year for the now-famous “shaker” hood scoop

    # Suspension advances introduced, including the use of front and rear stabilizer bars to improve handling and response

    # Performance time: 14.25 seconds @100.92 mph (quarter-mile)

    # 3,196 total units built, 88 of which were Ram Air IV cars

    1973 trans am

    # Two images for you: “Screaming Chicken” and “SD-455”......

    # First year for the Firebird large hood decal, introduced as an option on the T/A

    # T/A color palette expanded from Cameo White to include Buccaneer Red and Brewster Green, but Lucerne Blue is D/C

    # Standard powerplant is the L-75 455 engine, rated at 250 HP; compression is down to 8.0:1

    # The Super Duty 455 is introduced in the spring of 1973, quite possibly the greatest powerplant ever to sit in a Firebird’s engine bay

    # Rated at 310 hp, the SD doesn’t reach customers until July 1973, amid bickering at Pontiac

    # Performance time: 13.54 seconds @ 103.56 mph (quarter-mile, SD-455)

    # 4,802 total units built, of which 252 were SD-455 T/As; only 72 of these cars were M/T-equipped
    Keep in mind these engines were identical to the GTO engines that were rated at 366 and 370 HP (underrated) respectively.
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    some good info in here--- keep it coming!

    anyone have the REAL engine hp numbers though--- most of those are all under rated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwax View Post
    # Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on March 8, 1969 - available for purchase April, 1969

    # Previewed to the press in December, 1968

    # Prototype car was not white/blue, but silver (with no stripes) in color

    # Originally designed to house a 303 c.i. engine, the production cars all sported 400 c.i. engines instead

    # L-74 Ram Air 400 engine (335 HP) standard; Ram Air IV (345 HP) optional

    # Performance time: 14.10 seconds @100.78 mph (quarter-mile)

    # 697 total units built, 8 of which were Ram Air 400 convertibles
    just a thought--- the t\a was probably originally slated to receive a 303 engine because of the 5.0L engine cap in the trans am racing series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post
    just a thought--- the t\a was probably originally slated to receive a 303 engine because of the 5.0L engine cap in the trans am racing series?
    You're right.........They tried to scale back the 326 but it was such a dog at 326 they didn't stand a chance at putting it back to something under 305 or less.


    Later 70's proved this when they tried a 301 cu........

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4get gto View Post
    You're right.........They tried to scale back the 326 but it was such a dog at 326 they didn't stand a chance at putting it back to something under 305 or less.


    Later 70's proved this when they tried a 301 cu........
    yeah-- that 301 was a total piece of crap. even with a turbo it was useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post
    yeah-- that 301 was a total piece of crap. even with a turbo it was useless.

    Right again...........

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