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A half-restored 70’s Pontiac found after 40 years of abandonment

A rare 1971 Pontiac Trans Am was recently found in a garage. Curiously, it had benefited from an unfinished restoration.

This 1971 Pontiac Trans Am has just been found after spending 40 years in a garage. This beautiful and capable car was retired in the early 1980s. Far from being a pile of rust when discovered, this model from the heyday of muscle cars has been rather well preserved.

As shown in the video showing the pontiac (published on the channel @Nobody’s Show), it retained most of its original equipment. The bodywork is in good condition. The only sign that this is an abandoned car seems to be the dust that has accumulated over time. In reality, it is a model on which the previous owner had started a restorationwithout ever finishing it…

This Pontiac Trans Am had been abandoned in a garage for 40 years when it was found

According to the media Autoevolution, it’s rare to find Pontiac Trans Ams with this design these days. This has the particularity of having been partially restored. Was its owner short of money? Did he get tired of his Pontiac? No information is available on this point. Be that as it may, it benefits from significant assets for a recovery and, potentially, an auction.

The exterior of this 1971 Trans Am shows that the car is close to its factory version. The interior, on the other hand, is not as well preserved. In a burst of originality, the former owner got tired of the original blue upholstery and redid everything in brown. Both the center console and the gear lever have been replaced.

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A high quality find

The original engine of the Trans Am, however, was not changed. The long front hood still hides the enormous 7.5-liter V8 with which these Pontiacs were equipped at the time. This model is also an HO version, which means that it is equipped with a 325 horsepower LS5. It is thus a slightly more upscale car than most Trans Ams.

The engine of ordinary Firebirds indeed developed up to 300 horsepower. An even lighter version only developed up to 175 horsepower. By comparison, this 1971 Trans Am is an overpowered muscle car. It is also a rare pearl. Pontiac only sold 2,116 Trans Ams that year. Their high price explains this rarity. It is then a « barn find » quality. It still deserves a new restoration.

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