1973 Pontiac Trans am 455 4-speed

rare and very original car


Year 1973
Make Pontiac
Model Trans am 455 4-speed
Engine and transmission
Engine Type V8 T/A performance engine
Engine Size 455cui
Estimated HP 325+HP ( Sae)
Heads T/A performance heads
Carburetor 4 bbl
Intake 4bbl alu intake
Ignition Electronic
Transmission Type Manual
Transmission Spec Muncie 4 speed
Exhaust Type Dual exhausts
Muffler Type
Interior Color Black
Seating Type Buckets
Seat Material Vinyl
Shifter Type Floor shifter & console
Restoration Status Restored
Awards Summary
Body Style Coupe
Doors 2
Body Color Buccaneer red
Paint type 2 stage
Stripes Original
Front Suspension Type Original style & swaybar
Rear Suspension Type Original style & swaybar
Axle Specification 10 bolt
Wheels Honeycomb
Front Brakes Discs
Rear Brakes Drum
Miscellaneous The car comes with original manual and PHS documents, window sticker and original manuals. The car was also appraised by an independent car appraiser for 87500,- euro and comes with an official value report. NOW FOR SALE FOR A SPECIAL ONE TIME ONLY, SUMMER SALE PRICE !
Bodywork & Trim

Very solid and rust free original body, No rust whatsoever and the car and body are straight with the good fitment of the panels. The paint on the car is the correct factory original color and has a great shine. The trim, all glass, and chrome parts are in good, to a very good condition. It's for sure one of the best and most original Trans Am's around! This car, like all PTTM quality car's has received a complete check-up and engine and drivetrain tests, everything is in great shape and the car is ready to be enjoyed.


Factory original, fully rebuilt matching no. 455 Cui Big block. Factory original intake and exhaust manifolds, electronic ignition in a detailed and clean engine bay. The engine is in very healthy condition and was leak down tested by PTTM.


Original Muncie 4 speed trans and correct original rear axle with 3.43 gears and lim slip diff and original special handling suspension system and brakes all in very healthy condition.


Very clean and correct black bucket seat interior with no flaws! Original and functional rally dash with tacho and very nice headliner, door panels and carpets. The car has an original 4-speed console and its original Am / FM stereo.

General discription


Real and very original 1973 Pontiac Trans am 4 speed ! with 455 big block, in the factory original highly wanted Buccaneer Red with black bucket seat interior of which were very proud to be able to offer it to our clients. Of the only 4550 Trans am's produced in 1973, only around 1380 were 4 speeds, and this car is one of that rare cars. Its highly original and comes with the factory original drivetrain and engine!

This car is even rarer seeing its an original Canada export car and only 130 of these cars were exported and in this buccaneer red color and a real original hood decal car its maybe one of a hand full build cars. Today who knows how many are left, but we can assure you that in this great and original condition you won't find a better one soon if ever

The 73' Trans am's were a one year only model and the first year you could choose the extra cost option with the "Screaming chicken" hood decal's, and the last year of the smaller, chrome taillights. Its also one of the highest wanted Trans am models ever and the last year to have a 4 speed manual transmission combined with the 455 R/A engine. Many cars you come across have many options installed later on but on this car, it's all correct and original.

The only car that was even rarer was the Super-Duty engined 455, but these cars are in a league of there own and are almost priceless because they were built even less than the 455 version. But on the streets, the 455 and the 455SD cars were not that much different, to say the least, it's just that the SD cars are rarer as they have been sold even less than the 455 T/A's.

Many people think that the spoiler kit around the Trans Am is only there for the looks, but the couldn't be more wrong.., The 70 and up designed Pontiac Trans Am's were one of the first cars designed in a proper wind tunnel and everything was designed with aerodynamics and downforce in mind. The Pontiac design team really did a great job at that as the car really drives well even at very high speeds. The base Firebird was already designed very smooth and aerodynamic but the Trans am was really designed one or maybe even two steps up the ladder and the body spoiler kit really added some points to the wind flow scale. The nice benefit was that it didn't only improve the car's overall performance and stability, but it also looked fast and sporty as well.

Keep in mind that we're talking about the early 70's here, a period of time where aerodynamics was a word that most people still thought was science fiction. No, the Pontiac Trans am was by far not designed for its looks alone, it was a car way ahead of its time and a great asset to performance car history in general and more and more people are beginning to realize that and that's part of why these cars are becoming so hard to find.

This car we present to you was restored a few years ago and the complete engine and transmission was also rebuilt, as far as we can tell, as well as the previous owner, all the body panels, chassis parts and floors are original to the car and we can't find any traces of welding done to it. The car also drives like its new and everything on this great car is in good, to a very good condition. More than 50k was invested in the restoration alone. It's a very rare all original car in a fantastic original condition. 73' firebirds, especially the trans am's were one of the best handling and steering muscle cars around on the streets and they were still very fast and powerful. With the changed rules in 1973 of measuring HP and Torq on factory engine's (Before 73' that was done to the SAE standards and after '73 in DIN) it is NOT so that the 73'cars had much less horsepower than the 70-72 models.

The only real thing changed was the fact that as from '73 the car manufacturers had to claim the outputs in the lower DIN norm. This monster 455 cui delivered 325 SAE HP in 72, and it still did so in 1973... This car, being a 4-speed manual trans car, makes the car even more sporty and way faster than the automatic trans cars. As with an automatic car, due to there hydraulic functions, you can loose up to 35/40% of the Engine HP to the rear axle as were the 4 speeds only loose around 5%. But besides that, its so much more fun in a muscle car to have a 4 speed seeing you can really play around with the engine torque and power bands in any RPM range you feel. Big fun! Its even been stated that the 455 4 speed was faster than the 455-super duty automatic cars! Which we can believe. And with prices of the real and rare super-duties going through the roof, owning the next best thing for almost half the money is maybe even better.

We feel these cars are unique and yes very rare seeing only so little was produced (partially because of there high price tag) as they were way different than all other cars in that year. They were the last of the true muscle cars and with there special handling and performance package, their smooth body lines and added aerodynamic spoilers and skirts the looked mean and fast as well. With the addition of the all-new decal hood eagle (the first year these were used), it made these cars eccentric. If you never drove a Pontiac Firebird, its hard to explain the feeling of these cars, but you have to trust us in the fact they have a real special feel in a mix of very comfortable and sporty combined.

Try it once and you will never forget it. The early Trans-am's are highly wanted and collectible and their values are rising extremely fast because of that. Finding a car that is really original and comes with its correct and numbers matching drivetrain and its 4 speed and options is even rarer and they are very valuable. Finding a car in this color and with these options is thereby a rare thing, even we at PTTM with all our contacts and market knowledge we rarely came across such a nice example as this one With the T/A super duty cars being sold for more than 150k, the 455 and especially the 4 speeds, seeing they were in the same performance range, will keep rising in value for many more years to come. According to some experts, the 73 Transam with the right colors and options can be worth around 75-100k+ easy in restored condition but that's far away from our asking price. But besides the above, these classic muscle cars are also a very good and solid investment that you can drive and enjoy, what more can you ask for?

The car has all the correct body vin numbers , original cowl tag, and PHS to prove its original pedigree. The body panels are really straight, the paint is VERY nice with a very high gloss, the interior is flawless and the dash and gauges all perfect and functional. The underside of the car is very clean and correct and the car's additional options are all there. Of course, a 45-year-old car, even if restored has its little signs of being driven, but this car is one of the best we have seen in a long time. Its a car that's still highly the same as the day it left the factory and not all cut up and changed as so many of these cars have these days. These 73 T/A are real iconic classic cars and in a league of there own.

So if you want a real original 455 Trans am, in a great color combination with a flawless body and great paint, fully rebuild and with the highly desirable and wanted 4 speed trans that's all ready to be enjoyed, THIS is your car, its an amazing car indeed. For this price you wont find a more rare and better Trans am 4 speed anywhere.


Some of the cars extra factory options : 

- A01 - Tinted windows all 

- C24 - Recessed wipers 

C50- Rear window defogger ( rare ! )

D55 4 speed console ( rare ! )

G80 Limited slip diff

GU6 3.42 rear end gears

JL2- Front power disc brakes

N41- Close ratio power steering

U69- Am/FM stereo

U80 - Auxiliary rear speakers (Rare)

P05 Honey comb alu wheels (Rare)

WW7 Trans-am Hood applique (Hood bird)

Al the goodies you would want on a Trans am and there all factory correct and original. The car also comes with PHS docs to prove that.  If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, we can assist you with that no problem!

But if you like additional information ahead then please contact our sales! If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, we can assist you with that no problem!

- The car comes with Dutch papers/ Licence and EU import taxes paid and included.

- The car comes with US title and EU import taxes paid and included

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And keep in mind that, the car you're looking at here today, was also looked at by others yesterday. And we can only sell it once!

Price in euros
€ 62750,- Summersale price!

Price includes all cost

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