Unrestored Ram Air III 4-speed

Price: US $39,500.00 Item location: Vernon, New York, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Pontiac
  • Model: Trans Am
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1970
  • Mileage: 46,627
  • VIN: 228870N107474
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 400 cubic inch V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 4-speed Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1970 Pontiac Trans Am

You are viewing a rare and unrestored 1970 Pontiac Trans Am in polar white with blue interior, 400 Cubic inch ("Y" code) Ram Air III V8 mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. A 4 speed '70 Trans Am is a rare car in and of itself, but to find one that has not yet undergone an Nth degree high-end restoration is another level of rarity altogether. This is one of those cars that remained in the possession of the original owner or the owner's family for decades and decades and then all of a sudden, like an heretofore unseen star in the night sky, is revealed to the collector car world as if out of thin air, piercing the limitless abyss with a brilliant sparkle of light. But this is no twinkling little star, its a fire-breathing American muscle machine that snorts peppered vinegar and craps thunder's big brother. When I first saw this Trans Am my reaction was awe and disbelief. Like that star in the night sky appearing as if by magic or the hand of providence, I asked myself, "How could a car like this still exist?" Surely, ten or fifteen or twenty years ago a muscle car collector or a hot rod shop should have found it, wrestled it from the owner and brought it back to showroom condition, thereby undoing decades of history and patina that, once gone, can never be replicated. But this didn't happen. Somehow it stayed tucked away, unknown and unseen, like a patiently dormant volcano, waiting to finally be offered up to the world. And it is in this condition that we find it today. ItsVIN# starts its story:
22 = Firebird887 = Trans Am0 = 1970 model yearN = Norwood assembly plant1 = 8 cylinder engine07474 = Production sequence number
And numbers on the motor add to this story: "220202 YT" (block VIN), "J223" (date code), with the fender tag pictured below rounding out the tale. But if you spend any time with this Trans Am you will come to realize these sequenced numbers and letters are only a starting point to what this car has to say. (If this car ate breakfast, my guess is it would involve a week old cigar, good whiskey and a box of rusted nails.) But I feel like I'm rambling on a bit, so let's take a shortvideo break http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB7RIwiwj1Y Here's a list of items I found in the car after I spent that first afternoon cleaning it out, doing the archaeology that's so much fun with these old cars:
  • a pen promoting the original owner's candidacy for Tax Collector(Greencastle PA 1973)
  • an adultticket to Barnum and Bailey's ($4.50)
  • a Diamond Hunt giveaway card from 1979
  • a Zippo lighter that appears to have beenowned by the son of the original owner (working, pictured, I'm keeping)
  • a registration card andpayroll stubfrom 1986
  • pharmacy receipts from 1992
  • a Broome County parking pass, date unknown
  • a baggage claim stub, date unknown
  • a comb(used), some spare change, a golf tee and several marbles of various sizes and colors

Here is another short video for your enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4CDtyGiwcM

I drove this Trans Am, along with my other classic cars, all summer long. I'll tell you this, being seen in this car is like having a scar over your eye from an old school bar fight, it inspires respect. We managed to get to three local car shows and it was a lot of fun to swap stories with people that stopped by to check it out. Cars like this one conjure memories. And it starts, idles and runs very nicely. The brakes are strong and steady, the tires and exhaust were refreshed in the spring, along with it receiving a thorough professional tune-up. The motor and transmission were rebuilt within the last 3,000 miles or so, and it shows. I have receipts from work done between 1978 and 2005 (shocks, springs front and rear, u-joints, brakes, motor and transmission all done in 2005). The transmission shifts well, but I think the gate needs a little adjusting, as it's not perfectly smooth getting into reverse. But once its in any of the gears, there's no slipping or noise whatsoever. A little extra care and its very nice.The tach, speedo, temp gauge, gas gauge and voltmeter all work as they should. The heater and radio do not. The windows roll up and down nicely and the seats adjust as they should. Here are some more videos and photos:

Undercarriage video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYUyapF8GRw
Walk around video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMCbK9TGNm4
More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137333740@N06/albums/72157688155660962
This Trans Am is pretty special in its current state of disrepair and it took decades dancing with Mother Nature to create this very unique car. You might see fifty perfect 1970 4-speed Trans Am's at a national Pontiac meet, but I wonder how many you'd see that are like this one? I've owned a Trans Am for 30 years, but I've never seen one quite like this. I'm not a Pontiac expert by any means, so I look forward to any input from the diehards out there that have something to offer about this Trans Am or just knowledge in general. Odometer reads 46,627 but it could easily have rolled over. This car is sold "where is, as is" so if you have any questions or want to come out and have a look at it in person, let me know. And just as a reminder, I do also have 1970 Trans Am style wheels, as pictured.