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1973 Pontiac Firebird

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How do you define rare? 1 of 43? 1 of 33? 1 of 9? In 1973, Pontiac rolled out the 455 Super Duty, an awesome powerplant that seemed to defy both the laws of physics and the EPA of the time, making 310 horsepower in an era where getting over 200 was something of an achievement. Essentially a detuned race engine, the fact that the Super Duty was built at all is something of a miracle, and owning one today is a blue-chip investment. Even "Sports Car Market" magazine gives them a grade of A in terms of investment potential, and notes that a 1973 Super Duty is worth as much as 50% more than any other year. Now about those numbers. This Firebird Formula SD 455 is one of only 43 built in 1973, and for comparison's sake, note that Pontiac built six times as many Trans Ams with the Super Duty engine. This car is one of only 33 Super Duty Formulas to be equipped with an automatic transmission. And finally, of those, only nine were Ascot Silver. Have you ever seen one before? I didn't think so. The Formula was the Trans Am's more sophisticated, less flamboyant brother, lacking the TA's spoilers and wings, as well as the famous bird on the hood. Instead, it received a clean, subtle three-color decal stripe along the side and some SD-455 badges on the hood scoop, and that was about it in terms of ornamentation. You could even call this one a sleeper. This loaded Super Duty is a very solid car that has never undergone a full frame-off restoration, but has been upgraded, refinished, and maintained as needed over the years. Gaps are good, and the panels are extremely straight, suggesting that this one has never had any damage or significant rust. The Ascot Silver finish carries a soft metallic glow and just a hint of gold in it, making it look very subtle indeed. Decals are in excellent condition with no peeling or fading, and all the special Super Duty and Formula markers are intact. The original black interior is exceptionally well preserved given the car's age. The deep buckets are as comfortable as they look, and the major areas that start to show wear first, such as the side bolsters and cushion, are excellent. Door panels are excellent, and the round Firebird logo actually hides the hole for the manual window cranks on cars with power windows such as this one (and they are fully functional). The dash and center console are pure 1970s funky, with a complete array of gauges monitoring everything from oil pressure to voltage. You'll also note that this car is loaded with options including power windows, power locks, a factory 8-track player, and even factory A/C. The three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in matching black leather, and would become a staple of performance Pontiacs for years to come. This car is powered by the famous Super Duty 455 engine, which featured a reinforced block, special camshaft, aluminum pistons, oversize valves, and header-like exhaust manifolds. Pontiac rated the SD-455 engines at a stout 310 horsepower and 390 pounds of torque, but many experts have pegged the output closer to 370 horsepower. This car currently carries a correct XD-coded service replacement block (which means it was replaced under warranty in period), and it was fully rebuilt several years ago. The rebuild was fully documented, including photos of all the relevant casting numbers and date codes, proving that this car is what it appears to be. All the other correct Super Duty components are present and accounted for, including the massive hood scoop up top, which was more for show than for actually feeding air to the engine. The block was covered in Pontiac Turquoise paint during the rebuild, and today has a nice, original-looking patina to it that fits perfectly with the rest of the car's condition. Underneath, it's solid and clean, but not detailed the way a show car might be, further testament to this car's life in a warm, dry climate. It wears original 15-inch Rally II wheels and reproduction F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. In addition to photos of the engine build, this car has a full PHS documentation package, as well as the original owner's manual, and the original warranty tag for the replacement engine block. These cars are A-list collectibles and no true Pontiac collection is complete without one. Trans Ams are out there, and they're expensive, but when was the last time you saw a SD-455 Formula? This one is in nicely preserved condition, with a correct engine, and a ton of documentation. Loaded with options, it has to be one of only a handful remaining. A great car to drive and enjoy as-is, or easily taken to the next level to create a truly stunning Pontiac, in two years, this price will be considered a screaming bargain. If rare is what it takes to get you excited, don't wait on this Super Duty, call us today. This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 124289

as of 5/5/2011

Car 1973 Pontiac Firebird
VIN 2U87X3N142906 
Mileage 76,695 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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