Firebird Trans Am
Investment Grade Trans Am 400 Ram Air III 4 Speed
- 1 of 689 1969 Tran Ams
- 44,860 original miles
- Ram Air III 400cid V8
- Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission
- 10 bolt Safe-T-Trak rear / 3.55 gears
- Power steering / power brakes
- Extensive documentation
Some cars are just luckier than others. While almost any vehicle can be restored to look brand new, there is something about a car that has been cared for all its life that simply can't be recreated. Whatever the name for that x-factor, this 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III has enough of it to go around. One of just 689 Trans Am coupes built in 1969, this one shows just over 44,000 original miles. Even before its extensive restoration, this T/A was collecting awards left and right. Today, it's a nearly flawless reminder of what drew so many enthusiasts to Pontiac in the first place. With its menacing hood scoops, twin blue stripes and classic code 200 blue interior, this is the look you want. Factor in the Muncie-backed 400cid V8 and its becomes clear this T/A is the full package.
We'll get started by breaking down the VIN and cowl tag, so you know exactly what this car is about:
337: 2-door coupe, all engines
9: 1969 model year
N: Norwood, OH assembly plant
1: 8-cylinder engine
11625 – Production sequence number
Fisher Body Tag – Left to Right
69: 1969 model year
337: 2-door coupe
NOR: Assembled at GM's Norwood, Ohio assembly plant
701818: Production sequence number
200: Blue interior with bucket seats
50: Cameo White lower exterior paint
50: Cameo White upper exterior paint
09A: Assembled during the 1st week of September, 1969.
D80: Exclusive Trans Am rear spoiler code
According to the Pontiac Historical Services documentation, this T/A was originally assembled at GM's Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility on September 17th of 1969 and shipped to Seifert Pontiac in Denver Colorado on the 26th of that same month. From Denver, the car moved to Wisconsin before being purchased by a collector in 1987. The Firebird spent the next 21 years as a time capsule, safely housed inside a private storage facility. Discovered fully intact in 2006, the car was sold two years later to an enthusiast who would eventually fund the extensive nut and bolt restoration. Even before the rebuild the T/A was shown extensively, collecting a Bloomington Gold Survivor award as well as a Freeze Frame award and Lost & Found award. Today, with an all original body that's battle dressed in a slick layer of correct GM code 50 Cameo White basecoat, correctly re-stenciled Tyrol Blue racing stripes and correctly placed Trans Am call-outs, it stands proud as a highly desirable example of a major milestone in Pontiac performance history.
At the front of this pristine 'bird, a new for '69 Endura nose piece hangs Trans Am specific twin black grilles, which are complete with a silver arrowhead and a white inlayed “Pontiac” script, between four T3 headlights. Below those headlights, the cars sculpted front valence perfectly aligns ornate parking lights above a Trans Am specific chin spoiler. Above those headlights long Ram Air scoops stretch out in front of original stainless windshield wipers. At the sides of the car, expressive 'coke bottle' character lines are highlighted by a standard chrome driver's mirror, good looking stainless wheel well and rocker moldings and traditional chrome GM door handles. Small blue “Trans Am” call-outs combine with Trans Am specific simulated air extractors and highly detailed Firebird logo marker lights to add texture to the bright white paint. At the top of the car, original date coded glass is framed by original stainless trim and chrome drip rails. At the back of the car, a Trans Am specific 60 inch decklid spoiler props a horizontal “Trans Am” call-out above a Tyrol Blue rear valence, clear, pyramid style tail lights, highly detailed Firebird and Pontiac emblems and a great looking body-width chrome bumper.
Under that ducted steel hood, you'll find an original Pontiac 400 V8 which wears a correct 9799914 casting number, a June (F) 19th (19) of 1969 (9) casting date and a correct 111625 partial VIN. Pontiac played down power, rating the Ram Air III at 335hp. At the top of the engine, a fully functional induction system feeds roughly 50 degree air into a period correct Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor which is bolted to an original intake manifold. That intake sends a high octane air/fuel mixture into original “D” exhaust port cylinder heads. After combustion, exhaust is sent through original long branch exhaust manifolds which roar into a stainless true dual exhaust system. Heat from that combustion is controlled by a leak-free radiator which is hooked to reproduction GM hoses via original tower clamps and an original plastic fan shroud that features original factory grease marks. Aesthetically, this Trans Am's highly detailed engine bay is 100% ready for show. The block itself displays a slick coat of correct turquoise paint from its intake to its oil pan; and the fenders, firewall and hood are covered in a combination of smooth GM satin black paint and correct insulation. Niceties such as fresh chrome valve covers, a correct alternator, a tagged Delco Energizer battery, a fresh Delco Moraine brake booster, a high flow oil pump and a full set of decals and chalk marks can be found in all the right places. And one turn of the key instantly produces a confident roar that can only be provided by old school Pontiac power!
Take a look underneath the car and you'll find an immaculately restored undercarriage with rock solid satin black floor pans. Behind the high revving motor, an original Muncie M-20 4-speed transmission that decodes as a Muncie (P) M-20 (A) manufactured in 1969 (9) on February 20th (B20). A matching 111625 partial VIN is stamped beside the Muncie code. The rock solid transmission sends power to an original 10 bolt rear end that's still equipped with an unmolested Safe-T-Track differential packed with 3.55 gears. That solid drivetrain is centered around the cars original front double A-arm and rear leaf spring suspension. At the front of the car, standard N41 power steering provides easy turns and competent handling. At the corners of the car, standard JL2 power front disc and rear drum brakes provide modern stopping power. Naturally, all the car's hardware and bushings appear to be in like-new condition. Out back, a fresh stainless fuel tank sends go juice through new stainless lines. Power meets the pavement through original 14 inch GM Rally II wheels which spin familiar Goodyear Polyglas F70-14 white letter tires around pristine stainless trim rings and awesome “PMD” branded center caps.
Swing open this Trans Am's solid white doors and you'll find a correct GM code 200 blue vinyl interior that's a nice mix of both top notch factory equipment and high quality reproduction pieces. The original standard bucket seats, which were simply re-covered during the restoration, provide comfortably firm support and display no fading or tears. The back seat is an exceedingly rare fold down unit that still works perfectly. Below those seats, new blue carpet shows minimal wear and has likely been carefully protected by fresh arrowhead branded floor mats since it was installed. Above those seats, a stain-free headliner stretches tightly from the car's new A-pillar trim to its original sail panels. Between those seats, a familiar Hurst shifter still features its factory optioned 'wood' shift knob. At the front of the car, a clean original dash makes room for the speedometer as well the inclusive gas, temperature, oil and generator gauges. A wood applique delete with the Pontiac emblem sits in place of the clock. Further right, controls for the heater and an original Delco AM radio reside. At the sides of the car, original one-piece door panels anchor well-maintained armrests between complete stainless trim and chrome handles for the doors and windows. In front of the driver, the car's original Sport steering wheel spins a wood rim and three satin finished spokes around a vivid “PMD” branded horn button. And behind the cockpit, the car's fully restored trunk props an original spare tire and jack assembly on a correct houndstooth mat.
This T/A's history is backed by extensive documentation. There is hefty packet from Pontiac Historical Society documenting not only this car but covering just about everything you'd ever want to know about a 1969 Firebird. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a window sticker and paperwork from when the car changed hands in Mauston, Wisconsin including a Maintenance Folio. Naturally, there are pictures of the car before restoration with paperwork that covers most of the major work performed. There are also several pieces documenting the T/A's prior life as an award winning survivor car.
Coming across a clean 1969 Trans Am is rare enough. Add the documented history, numbers matching drivetrain and masterfully executed restoration and you have a car worthy of any collection. If you've ever dreamed of owning one of Pontiac's hottest creations, don't miss your chance to take home this T/A!
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