This explains it still being considered brand new despite having 3,400 miles on the odometer. Chris quickly became enamored with the style, performance, and rarity of his sleek beaked Bird and racked up many cruising miles on the highways and byways of Long Island. The manufacturer asserts that air pressure above 80 mph even creates a mild supercharging effect that could add up to another 15 horsepower. This is no illusion - 305 horsepower in a 3500 pound car may not give the raw acceleration of John Force's Pontiac funny car dragster, but there are few street machines that are quicker. The Trans Am was the pumped-up, V-8-powered model. With just 26,546 original miles, this is the one to own if you like a little future collectability with your hardcore performance.
We cannot guarantee the fitness of any components beyond a visual inspection and normal operation of the vehicle. This is a valuable way to enjoy an up-and-coming classic that has been treated with all the respect it deserves. Road Atlanta's straights weren't long enough for a top speed test, but Pontiac claims to have seen an extra two or three mph, to about 160, in Ram Air-equipped cars. Surprisingly though, the highway and rough-road ride may be even better than less aggressively shod and suspended Firebirds, which is a delightful extra benefit. With just a hair over 23,000 miles this could be your everyday driver for years at well under the cost of a new Hyundai. Many have therefore been modified, driven hard and racked up a lot of miles.
So, we know it's fast, looks cool, will be a blast to drive and be seen in. The car combined an available big V-8 with aggressive, attention-grabbing styling and delivered it in a relatively practical four-passenger package. Pontiac built a little more than 1000 coupes, about 60 percent of which got the six-speed. Shockingly, only 524 buyers ponied up for what was arguably the ultimate F-Body, and even fewer opted for the 6-speed manual as in this car. The instrument panel is designed for driving. The Ram Air intake boosted power from the Trans Am's 285 hp to 305.
DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. The coupe's base curb weight was 3,499 pounds, while the convertible weighted-in at a slightly beefier 3,623 pounds. A view from the nose can only be described as menacing. With so few miles, you know the upholstery is in excellent condition and thanks to careful use over the years, it shows almost no signs of wear in the usual spots on the outer bolsters. Easiest way I have found is to look at hitmans78 website, a quick google search should come up with the link.
Peak torque ratings remain the same at 325 pound-feet. Most were Trans Am coupes, while Pontiac sold about 475 Formula coupes and around 40 Formula convertibles. Because new five-spoke aluminum wheels, which are available with chrome finish, expose brake calipers, these and other brake parts are zinc-plated to reduce rust and corrosion. Braking is excellent, no surprise considering the four huge antilock ventilated discs. Definitely a wolf in wolf's clothing. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. The large windshield is steeply raked, as is the fastback hatch.
These cars had popup headlights and they are prone to fail, staying either up or down. Pontiac claims that above about 60 mph, the Ram Air system's linear air path raises power even beyond what it's measured using still-air dyno testing. The Formula was the slowest of the three on that day, running to 60 mph in 5. While straight-line speed was the main attraction, the Pontiac also put out very decent braking and handling numbers. A Baer Tracker kit reduces bumpsteer up front.
Buyer should personally inspect the vehicle and satisfy himself as to its mechanical and cosmetic fitness. To report errors and other problems with this page, please. Or is it a sinister conspiracy? This is a seriously nice car, owned by an enthusiast who understood that it was special. With only 23,017 miles and limited production numbers of only 2105 makes this pretty beast of a Pontiac pretty rare. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. The low mileage and awesome list of features and options makes it an A-lister for the guys who grew up with cars like this on our wish list. The Firebird-only Ram Air system swells that output up another 20 horses to a virile 305; even more impressively, the torque rating is now a heroic 335 pound-feet.
It is unknown how this could occur or what it means. I hate being lied to that bad. As it turns out, the fourth generation Firebird would also be the last one. The '69 Ram Air option consisted essentially of a hood with scoops that were purported to force air into the engine. Stance is low and daring, European but with American muscle. Like the previous Firehawks, the '96 Ram Air Firebirds draw air through two nostrils. We do not perform internal examinations, so we cannot guarantee the condition of unseen internal components such as crankshafts, bearings, gears, and other mechanical equipment.
Everything works except the radio, and we're not quite sure why—it has a new amplifier in back and powers up properly. Although the lone salesman seemed ready to close up shop, upon seeing young Chris walk in the door, he knew immediately what to show him. Also Trans-Am had a boxier body kit and in the 4th generation 93-02 it featered a forced induction hood and raised spoiler. The front bucket seats are soft and provide especially good lateral support. The stock Lt1 has 275 or 285 hp to … the crank depending on year.
They are the exact same. So depending on the options ordered for the vehicle in question there can be both many similarities as well as differences. There were also about 500 convertibles, mostly automatics. There are small but useful storage spaces around the cockpit, and the trunk is a useful size. The body has curvy and seductive lines like a classic Pontiac and the stance is low and daring, European but with American muscle. It gives a Formula or Trans Am the raw power of the muscle car era with contemporary braking, suspension, and safety technology. This site and all advertising information may be updated without notice whenever new information is obtained and may contain mistakes and inaccuracies.