1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air III

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Jesse MortensenBy Jesse Mortensen

When we first found this Trans Am bidding was only around $1k, but within a few short hours it shot up to over $17k! That is impressive considering that the auction still has 7 days left. There is a reason for all the excitement though. Take a look at the eBay listing here.

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This Trans Am is equipped with a 400 cubic inch V8 that puts out 345 horsepower and 430 foot pounds of torque. Later cars were choked with emissions equipment, so this is about as pure an experience as you are going to get. Zero to sixty times should be under 6 seconds and the sound will make it feel even faster.

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All that whiplash inducing power is feed through a four-speed manual gearbox so this one has got to be a handful to drive. By handful, we mean entertaining. We wonder if that is the close ratio M21 in there? The seller claims it is a survivor, but their listing appears to be more of a history lesson than a condition report. Still, we wouldn’t mind taking this one around the block if bidding doesn’t get too out of control.

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Comments

  1. paul

    I remember driving these when they were new, A friend had this car minus the spoilers but the same motor, fast cars,these & earlier, are the ones to own if you need a Firebird.

  2. Mike P

    The 2nd generation F-bodies were the best looking to me, especially Pontiac’s version. Throw in a RAIII and a 4-speed and you’ve got fast, well handling, fun ride. Had that engine-tranny combo in a ’70 GTO, it was fast but it cornered like a pig. Pontiac was still in the game, back then.

  3. Jeff

    Back in HS a senior in auto shop had one and another guy had a 70 1/2 Z28 LT1. The Z ran circles around him, they were both on the football team and very competitive. My 67′ Mustang GT390 w/C6 was no sloutch but the 4spds were the edge on the street. I was king when they graduated lol

  4. FRED

    I LOVED THESE CARS WHEN THEY FIRST CAME OUT. A FRIEND BOUGHT ONE LIKE THIS AND ONE WEEKEND WE WERE GOING TO GO TO THE JERSEY SHORE FOUR OF US. AT THE LAST MOMENT I COULD NOT MAKE THE TRIP SO ANOTHER FRIEND TOOK MY PLACE. THEY WERE ON THHE NJ TURNPIKE WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENED AND THEY CRASHED KILLING THREE AND ONE IS STILL A VEGETABLE.AFTER THAT I COULD NEVER LOOK AT THESE AGAIN.

  5. rancho bella

    Once again……..no bottom shots? Or did these old eyes miss em? If there is rust up by and around the build tag……what lurks below ???? Scary when no pics are present………..like Scary Movie……..

  6. Bill

    Ok, is it just me?
    Nice description of the history of production of the Trans Am for 1970, but no where in the ad is any sort of description of THE CAR YOU ARE BIDDING ON?!

    • Larry

      Yea Bob, I thought the same thing, strange way to advertise your car for sale.

      • Larry

        Sorry about that “Bill” 🙂

      • paul

        Well one thing is for sure who ever owned it was a heavy smoker the dash is yellowed & I’m sure sticky from heavy smoke for me it wouldn’t work.

  7. Dolphin Dolphin Member

    Nice looking, fairly rare (3,196 made) ‘Bird.
    It’s already bid close to top of price range for these, bit it’s a cool car for Kia money.
    No info = lazy seller, so if interested, go there and inspect very carefully.

  8. Brent

    Love this year of Trans Am, especially the machine turned dash.

    • Jeff

      Agree Brent, reminds me of my dads 63′ Impala SS dash.

  9. Leonard

    They sold one on B/J AUCTION 45K.

  10. John

    Got mine March 1970 paid just under $5,000 it got the most looks of allthe new cars on the streets of St Paul MN, Best 1/4 mile 100 mph 14.00 sec .

    • Oingo

      Nice. What options did you get? Apologies if I am out of line but it’s not often one can ask the original owner about their vintage metal.

  11. Cameron

    When Dad was at Bedford College (as it was then called) now Bedford UNI he used to have a Yank mate on the air base (apparently at that time they were all here and they bought there cars over with them) and he got a go in it, I would love to own one and for a change they are one of the few American Muscle cars that I would NOT modify, it would be sacrilegious to do so.

  12. Jim

    Nice 2nd generation firebird trans am.
    Not the first year tho. Everyone knows the first Trans am was “69”!

    • Oingo

      They might mean first year for the 2nd gen

  13. Lewis Jones

    barn find…?

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